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The Washington Post, today (potential spoilers for upcoming season)
: "How Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell learned to stop worrying and love their characters’ chilly fates"

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The Television Critics' Association event that allows showrunners and creatives to showcase a show to journalists has been going on this week, and Saturday it was The Americans' turn. Here are some of the pieces that got written after their showcase (many of which overlap in terms of information, but they're not all identical, at least). There are spoilers here, but they are all of the very general sort, so unless you'd rather go into the new season knowing absolutely nothing at all about what's in store, you're probably okay to click.

There are pieces from:
Entertainment Weekly
The Wrap
Broadcasting Cable

...and Showbiz Junkies has an interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip).
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The spoilerrific article from the new Entertainment Weekly about what awaits us in season four has been scanned and posted at Keri Russell Web (click on the date to see the scans). There's nothing super-duper-spoilery here, but unless you have some tolerance for spoilers, you'll want to steer clear.

Entertainment Weekly also released two still shots from the upcoming season that are probably fair game for viewing for all but the ultra-spoilerphobic.
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Some links to whet your appetite for tonight's episode (though as last year, the episode-specific links are have been added to the episode post instead of being posted here):

Writing staff member/script coordinator Molly Nussbaum will be doing a new podcast on the show at Slate! Here's the first episode, which consists of a great interview with the showrunners.

An interview with Matthew Rhys for Backstage, and a few more for Hitfix, Variety, Digital Journal, Spinoff, and FashionNStyle.

An interview with Keri Russell with Starpulse.

The "Watching The Americans" podcast have an interview with Kelly AuCoin (Pastor Tim).

Director Tommy Schlamme talks about his work on The Americans, as well as two of his other projects: West Wing and Manhattan.

Slate has an interview with the The Americans set designers that goes into depth on the particulars (with lots of pictures!).

Rahul Khanna (Yousaf) did an interview with the Times of India in which he decried the censorship of his nude scenes in the premiere in his home country.

SpoilerTV will be doing an interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina) and are looking for suggestions on questions.

A writer from the Daily Beast had been putting off trying the show, finally forced himself to watch, and loved it.

A piece in US News and World Report talks about all the ways the show is more an exaggeration of real spying than a representation of it.

A piece in the Huffington Post talks about being a background actor (extra) on the show.

A piece in the New York Post about male nudity on television talks about The Americans, among other shows.

A few spoiler pieces for tonight's episode: from Movie News Guide, and to TV Equals.

Vogue has a list of reasons why you should watch season three, while the Huffington Post has a piece with eight reasons (among many) to love The Americans.

A fluffy little video promo for the show with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys from TV Guide Magazine.
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Canada's National Post has an interview with showrunner Joe Weisberg, and Joe was also featured in this Washington Post piece about former spies now writing for television.

Two interviews with Keri Russell about season three (spoilers abound): Showbizjunkies and NuketheFridge. Showbizjunkies also did a similar interview with Matthew Rhys.

Rahul Khanna (Yousaf Rana) gave a kind of fluffy interview to Savvy Magazine in which he talked about his turn on The Americans.

A few extra spoilers in advance of Wednesday's season three debut: one about Philip and one about Martha. There are also two pieces (from Fox News and from the Wall Street Journal) with spoilers for a particular Elizabeth scene from the first episode of the season.

Some reviews of season three are starting to come in: from Columbus Alive, from Forbes, and from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

A blog post that argues that The Americans is so good because it refuses to make viewers comfortable.

And finally, a fun little piece from a reporter who went on a tour of the set and reports on which books and music are in the bedrooms of the various Jenningses.
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The producers and lead actors were all at the TCA panel in California this week. Here's a liveblog from Hitfix with the full (somewhat spoilery) scoop on what was said, and a piece from Entertainment Weekly, and another from TVLine.

FX CEO John Landgraf did a bit at the TCA as well, and among other things, he said that he expects the show to run for at least five seasons. (!!!!)

Americans, it looks like the show will soon be viewable on Hulu.

A new U.S. spy drama called Allegiance has been drawing comparisons to The Americans: Hollywood Reporter, IGN.

A Lancaster, Pennsylvania newspaper has an opinion piece about the show.

And for all New Yorkers or people who can get there easily: there is a raffle going on for two tickets to the season three premiere at the Museum of Modern Art. Let us know if you enter, we will cheer you on!
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The description for episode 302 has been released.

Bad news for UK-based fans: ITV will not be airing the third season. (If you're a UK fan who's stranded without a way to see the show now, please feel free to get in touch with the community hosts to brainstorm possibilities.)

There are a few new spoilers for season three: this piece contains overall story arc stuff with a few specifics, and this piece contains some different story arc stuff and some different specifics, and this one contains some duplicate spoilers and some new stuff.

Finally, this TV Ate My Wardrobe piece and this International Business Times piece dissect one of the season 3 promos and the new season 3 poster, respectively.
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We have a title and summary for season three, episode one!

Spoilers are coming fast and furious for season three now. Here's a copy of an article with a few not-really-spoilery spoilers (for those who like little unimportant tidbits but don't actually like knowing anything of substance in advance). Here's a copy of another article with more substantive spoilers. And this piece gets into some spoilers for the season three premiere in particular.

Listicle city! Here goes: The New York Times included our show in a list of the best upcoming winter television. Salon included an aspect of the season two episode "Behind The Red Door" as one of the best TV moments of 2014. Alan Sepinwall from Hitfix has our show as one of the most anticipated returning TV shows of 2015. has included Annet Mahendru (Nina) on a list of "jaw-dropping fearless female performances of 2014". And one last "best of 2014" list I had missed earlier: Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly (at #1).

Digital Spy has a story on why The Americans and Justified are special.

The Watching The Americans podcast has a segment on a frame-by-frame analysis of the opening credits.

Rotten Tomatoes has a guide to binge-watching The Americans.

And finally, Gizmodo is talking about how the CIA needs to approve all of the scripts for our show again.
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Remember when Oleg talked about his favourite hockey player for the Washington Capitals last season? Well, something VERY FUN came of that.

The show has a new poster for season three, and it is beautiful.

Den of Geek has done a piece on everything we know about season three so far (spoilers abound, though nothing that those of us who have been following spoilers don't already know). has done a writeup of the first major season three trailer (according to [ profile] sistermagpie, there is now another one, but it isn't online yet).

We Got This Covered has one of the bonus features online from the new DVD box set: Operation Ghost Stories: Real World Events.

The show has made still more critics' end-of-year best-of lists! Grantland's Andy Greenwald (at #1), TV or Not TV's Jason Lynch (at #1), the Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman (at #2), the New York Times' Alessandra Stanley (unranked), and's staff (unranked).


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The critics' year-end top ten lists have begun, and The Americans has (so far) made two of them: Hank Stuever from the Washington Post (at #1) and TIME's James Poniewozik (at #2).

Various spoilers are also starting to slowly be leaked: something about Nina, and something about the timing of the beginning of season 3 and about Paige. There's also a slight casting spoiler about a minor character who's coming back for season three, in the form of a photo of a name on a trailer.

For those who are avoiding spoilers completely, here's speculation about what is likely to come that takes a casting spoiler, but no spoiler-spoilers, into account.

The show is currently running two charity auctions: a set visit much like the one [ profile] sistermagpie and I got to go on (highly recommended!) and lunch with Matthew Rhys.

[ profile] treonb also pointed out that I missed this post-ComicCon interview with showrunners Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields at the time it was recorded back in October.
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A friend sent me this, which contains some definite spoilers for characters appearing in season 3. If you're avoiding spoilers, avoid this!


Spoilers under the cut )
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At some point the news about The Americans will undoubtedly slow to a trickle, but right now there's still a lot out there because of the pre-Emmy interview season. Here's what I've been able to find this week:

• Writer and co-showrunner Joel Fields appeared in the LA Times' showrunners' panel (4th video in the series, ~1 hour).

• Matthew Rhys (Philip) also did a similar roundtable with potential drama actor nominees over at Variety (video, ~24 minutes).

• Noah Emmerich (Stan) also did a terrific long interview with the LA Times (video, ~30 minutes).

• Keri Russell (Elizabeth) also gave a great Skype interview to Gold Derby (video, ~25 minutes). TV Ate My Wardrobe has some highlights of that interview here.

• Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys also did an interview together with the LA Times.

Variety paired two actors for an interview who are rumoured to be in contention for awards, Matthew Rhys and Julianna Margulies from The Good Wife.

• Deadline has some excerpts from an interview with Joel Fields and Matthew Rhys.

And there's been plenty of non-interview reporting on the show this week too:

Variety also has a piece on why Brits are "taking over American TV" that features Matthew Rhys.

Time has listed The Americans as the top of a list of the ten best shows of 2014 so far.

The Washington Post included The Americans in a piece about technology in television shows.

• The AV Club also featured the show in a piece about the role of God in a few of today's television shows.

TV Guide has a few season three spoilers in their MegaBuzz column.

• WhatCulture talked about five "burning questions" for season three.

• GoldDerby talks about the show's chances at the Emmys this year.

• BitchFlicks has a piece on sex, love, and coercion in The Americans.

• Another fan has done a music fanmix for the show over at 8tracks called "Practicing Brinksmanship".
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Two interviews with Matthew Rhys (Philip): one with U.S. National Public Radio (audio, 7.5 minutes), and one very long transcript of a conference call Rhys gave with various citizen media. (If the full transcript of the latter is too much in one place, Starrymag has an abbreviated version.)

This Hollywood Reporter piece by showrunner Joe Weisberg about his time in the CIA is fun (just ignore the silly title).

Two interviews with Alison Wright (Martha), from the Examiner, and from the Huffington Post.

An interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg) from Paste Magazine.

Annet Mahendru (Nina) linked on Twitter to a picture of an interview she gave that's nowhere to be found online.

And here's the Colbert Report appearance by Keri Russell (only viewable from within the U.S.).

TV Guide's Mega Buzz column has some spoilers for next week's season two finale.

Two new editorials that deal with The Americans: from the Huffington Post, "My take on The Americans," from Deseret News, "Most of America is conservative: Is TV finally catching up?"

This UK-based site has all sorts of TV scripts for download, including the The Americans pilot.

There is apparently a The Americans wiki now, and among other things, they have some suggestions for what to serve at a season two finale party.
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An interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip) in the Los Angeles Times.

An interview with Alison Wright (Martha) in Rolling Stone.

An interview with Holly Taylor (Paige) in Vulture.

An interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg) in Metro.

There's a The Americans recap video podcast being done by AfterBuzz, and the most recent one also has a guest spot by Costa Ronin (video, ~54 min). There's also an audio version of the podcast available here.

The Americans has come in at #2 in the new Hollywood Reporter "power rankings".

Recent data indicates that The Americans is the most time-shifted show of all in the U.S. (meaning that a larger percentage of our show's audience watches a recorded version of the show than is the case with any other show).

The official description of the finale has been released.

Better late than never, there's a Guardian review of the first season's box set.

And finally, FX has released a little mini-documentary about the show's vintage cars (visible only within the U.S.).
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This is the second spoiler and speculation post. Basically a place to talk about all the spoilers that are out and to speculate on what they mean.

At the moment the only real place to talk about spoilers is in the various link posts and I thought it might help to tie things together. Hopefully it will also help keep spoilers out of the episode and promo posts for people who are staying unspoiled.

Obviously, there will be spoilers in these comments so read at your own risk!

Episode Descriptions and other bits and pieces )
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The official renewal for season three has come! Here is the official press release from FX and here is some insight from critic Alan Sepinwall as to why they've opted for renewal.

The New York Times talks about how Oliver North became a consultant for the show (and eventually even got a co-writer's credit on next week's episode).

Foreign Policy talks with a former spy about the things that are and aren't realistic about the show's spycraft.

An interview with Noah Emmerich (Stan) from the New York Observer, another from Entertainment Weekly, and yet another in critic Andy Greenwald's podcast this week (audio, ~55 minutes).

Costa Ronin (Oleg) gave an interview to Fox LA (video, ~4 minutes).

The New York Daily News reports on the shows filming in Brooklyn, and The Americans is among them.

The Washington Post talks about a piece of local pop culture history that led this past week's episode.

Wales Online has Matthew Rhys' top five moments from the show.

The official description for episode twelve has been released.

FX has released a featurette on the show's spy gear (only viewable to viewers inside the U.S.).

More news on international broadcasts! Season two begins airing in Poland on April 25th. It has also been airing in France (episode 207 debuts there on April 19th), in Ireland (episode 206 debuts there on April 19th), and in Spain (episode 203 debuted there last Tuesday).
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A Forbes interview with the David Madden, president of Fox Television Studios, about an executive's look at producing The Americans.

A Vulture interview with Alison Wright (Martha) on Martha's chances of survival and other matters.

An Esquire interview with South African actor Cliff Simon, who played Yossi-the-Mossad-agent in "The Deal" (episode 205).

A Shape interview with Avital Zeisler, the self-defense expert who trained Keri Russell (Elizabeth) how to fight using something that could pass as systema.

TV Guide's piece "Underneath the Wigs," based on an interview with hair and makeup artist Peg Schierholz.

A Greencastle Echo-Pilot interview with makeup artist Lori Hicks.

An FX-produced mini-documentary takes a look at the KGB Rezidentura and what it took to build the set.

The official description has been released for episode 210.

Columnist Blake Rutherford from Arkansas Business makes a comparison between the show's political stories and the real-life politics of today.

There are some new spoilers from TV Guide's Ask Ausiello column.

The fashion blog Into the Gloss has a piece on how to replicate Elizabeth's early 80s look.

The Americans is now airing in Israel, with each episode airing the Sunday after it aired in the U.S. and Canada.

And there are two new fanmixes for the show: Sorry I Didn't Kill You and Party At Ground Zero.
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I was talking to Jae and thought it might be worth trying out a spoiler and speculation post where we can talk about spoilers, how the last few episodes impact the spoilers we have and come up with any crazy theories for the rest of these season.

At the moment the only real place to talk about spoilers is in the various link posts and I thought it might help to tie things together. Hopefully it will also help keep spoilers out of the episode and promo posts for people who are staying unspoiled.

Obviously, there will be spoilers in these comments so read at your own risk!
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Ignore the stupid headline, because this piece from the UK's London Standard actually is a pretty good interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip). The first episode of season two airs tomorrow in the UK.

There's now an official episode description for title of episode 207 ), and the title for the season two finale has also been released.

FX has released a character profile of Oleg (video, 3.5 minutes) and a little ad based on the critical response (video, 30 seconds).

Uproxx's Dustin Rowles has a new piece called "9 Reasons You Should Be Watching The Americans on FX, and Brendon McCullin from weighs "The Americans vs. Homeland: Which Is Better?"

There are some new spoilers from Michael Ausiello.

And again, you'll want to ignore the silly narration from the (ugh) Daily Mail, but there are some photos here of some breaks on the last day of filming for the finale.
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There's a promo for cut for title of season two, episode three ) up over here at youtube and there's also a scene from the episode both at the show's Facebook page and embedded over here (the second video).

The episode description for season two, episode six has been released.

Noah Emmerich did an interview about the show on The Couch (video, 6.5 minutes).

Matthew Rhys did an interview about the show with The Huffington Post live (video, 1.5 minutes) and a print interview for Two Cents TV.

All-new spoilers are out! The best come from YahooTV, where some of the cast and creatives did a two truths and a lie sort of thing. Just deliciously done. And there are more, too, from TVLine's Ask Ausiello column and from Natalie Abrams at TV Guide.

The Pacific Standard Magazine has a piece out that's asking Why Isn't The Americans More Popular?

ComplexMag is also touting "How The Americans Keeps Analog Cold War Spy Drama Riveting in the Digital Age."

Metacritic is a site that quantifies and summarizes all critic reviews of a show or movie, and gives it a number ranging from zero (worst) to 100 (best). In the first season, The Americans had a 77, while in the second season, it has an 88.

It is now confirmed that the second season of The Americans will begin Saturday the 15th of March at 9:20pm on the UK's ITV.

The episode recaps from "Cardinal" (season two, episode two) are rolling in and being posted over at the episode discussion post.

And look, it's a rare bird these days: a bad review of the latest season! Poor Dave Delisle from Untiedmag, all alone in his dissenting opinion. *g*

And last but not least, I know I'm not the only one in the comm who reads French, so I'll link to this interview with music supervisor PJ Bloom from the French source DailyMars.


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