Emmys!

Jul. 14th, 2016 10:43 am
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Congratulations to The Americans for finally breaking through into the Emmy big leagues! Five total nominations, including Drama, Actor (Matthew Rhys), Actress (Keri Russell), and Writing-Drama (Joe Weisberg/Joel Fields).
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I dropped the ball on link-posting for most of the summer, but not on link-collecting. So that means a whole load of incoming links!

Arguably most importantly for the continuing presence of the show on North American screens, The Americans won this year's Outstanding Achievement in Drama award in the annual Television Critics Association awards. (The award was even presented by two critics who dressed up as "Clark" and "Jennifer" from the show!)

And not to leave out the Brits, the most important piece of news for the presence of the show on their screens: a deal has been made with ITV Encore to bring the show back to the UK after it was cancelled between seasons two and three.

The show didn't end up getting nominated for any significant Emmys, but there was a bunch of buzz around the possibility over the summer, and some of it is still worth reading and listening to in retrospect (mostly because it's not just about the potential for awards). Here are some links in that vein:

Indiewire interviewed co-showrunners Joel Weisberg and Joe Fields, and Goldderby interviewed Matthew Rhys (Philip) in advance of the Emmy nominations.

If you've got a bit of time to kill, here's critic Todd van der Werff (from Vox) making a case prior to the nominations for why the show actually did have a chance at some Emmy attention this year (audio, starting at around 29:00 and coming back to it around 38:00).

Of course, lots and lots of publications had stuff to say about the Emmy snub. I won't try to link to all of the mentions, but here are three pieces that focused specifically on The Americans: Decider, the New York Post, and Goldderby.

Entertainment magazine Vulture had its own alternate awards in its own categories this year, and The Americans won for best scene, best child actor, most improved show, and best drama.

There have also been a number of pieces about (or partly about) the show this summer that don't focus on awards:

Paul Sonne from the Wall Street Journal: "An ex-Russian spy on the accuracy of The Americans"

Alyssa Rosenberg from the Washington Post: "The economics that explain why more people aren't watching the best show on TV"

Emma Fraser from Flavorwire: "Talking TV underwear: ‘Masters of Sex,’ ‘The Americans,’ and ‘You’re the Worst’ costume designers on working from the inside out"

Kelly Schremph from Bustle: "How many The Americans seasons will there be? This Russian spy thriller could go on indefinitely

Philip Gould from the Providence Journal: "What's American about The Americans?"

Andrea Morabito from the New York Post: "Long live TV's female anti-heroes"

The show also made TIME TV critic Joe Poniewozik's list of the best shows of 2015 so far.

And finally, a new German spy show debuted this summer called "Deutschland 83" that has a lot of the same superficial premises. The co-creators and the star of that show talk about what they know about The Americans.
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Congratulations to The Americans for winning Best Drama in the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards tonight! Co-showrunner Joe Weisberg gave the speech, and Annet Mahendru (Nina), Alison Wright (Martha), and Holly Taylor (Paige) were also in attendance. [Edited to add: here's a video of the win and Weisberg's speech for Americans or non-Americans with a good VPN.]

And speaking of awards, Goldderby seems to think they have a shot at an Emmy or two this year, too (though I'll believe it when I see it, personally).

An interview with co-showrunner Joe Weisberg, but one that's different from anything we've seen before: a dialogue with Russian journalist Andrei Soldatov about Soviet illegals and why countries spy. Only part of the interview is about The Americans, but it's still really fascinating.

Slate Magazine has an interview with showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg

And travel magazine The Pursuitist also has an interview with Joe Weisberg.

IGN was better late than never with their season three review.

And finally, TIME magazine included The Americans in a piece on How TV Sex Got Real.
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Post-finale interviews with the showrunners (I'm afraid each one of these is pretty much worth reading/listening to in full! But the first few are possibly more must-read/listen to than others, if you really have to pick and choose.):
From the Andy Greenwald podcast (audio, ~54 minutes)
From Vox
From Hitfix
From the Wall Street Journal
From Vulture
From the Hollywood Reporter
From Variety
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
From Entertainment Weekly
From TVLine.com
From TV Guide
From Yahoo

Post-finale interviews with Holly Taylor (Paige):
From Variety
From Digital Spy

Post-finale interview with a bunch of the involved persons:
From the Daily Beast

Post-finale interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg):
From the Wall Street Journal

Analysis about season three as a whole:
By Andy Greenwald from Grantland
By James Poniewozik from TIME
By Matt Zoller Seitz from Vulture
By Alyssa Rosenberg from the Washington Post
By Brian Lowry from Variety
By Pilot Viruet from Flavorwire

Post-season three finale Vulture podcast with Matt Zoller Seitz and company (audio, ~36 minutes)

Paste Magazine reviews the top ten most shocking moments of the season.

The New York Post talks where things might go after the finale.

Decider does a piece on Holly Taylor and her character Paige.

The Huffington Post talks about the show's sense of style.

TIME Magazine ran the full text of Ronald Reagan's Evil Empire speech.

Mstarz talked about the reaction to the most shocking part of the finale on Twitter.

It seems that casting spoiler ) is set to return for season four.

And Deadline has some mixed news about the finale's ratings.
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The spotlight is on the behind-the-scenes folks this time: this is a great piece about the show's directors.

And here is another similar sort of piece on the show's sound designers.

And here are two interviews with the showrunners: from the New York Post and from Assignment X.

On to the cast! Here's one interview with Holly Taylor (Paige) from her own hometown paper (in New Jersey).

One interview with Annet Manhendru (Nina) from Maxim.

One interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg) from The TV Junkies.

The Atlantic argues that The Americans feels like an all-new show now.

And finally, here's a fan's song fanmix for Elizabeth (including a sinister-sounding cover of a popular 80s song is a really inspired choice).
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An interview with the showrunners following last week's episode.

Two interviews with Holly Taylor (Paige): From the Hollywood Reporter and Yahoo.

An interview with Matthew Rhys.

An interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina).

An interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg).

And finally, one with Alison Wright (Martha).

Todd VanDerWerff at Vox wrote a piece on last week's episode and builds a case for the notion that the current run of episodes is following the structure of a Shakespearean five-act tragedy.

Entertainment Weekly has a piece on Paige and her Christian faith, and nominates Holly Taylor as a runner-up for Most Valuable Player last week.

Salon talks about the way the show tests our limits.

Mother Jones has a little piece trying to get people to watch the show.

Sound on Sight nominates Nina as among its six TV characters worthy of a spin-off.

And finally, a little video with a bunch of the cast from the show's Emmy Magazine cover shoot.
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If you read only one of these links, make it this brilliant interview with the showrunners. Variety also has a bunch of audio excerpts from a different interview with them.

This piece about the show's sound editing is also very good, though.

Foreign Policy has a piece about the best Washington-related shows (The Americans is #2).

There's more bad news about the ratings, and the critics who love it are starting to get a little uneasy. Both Grantland and Forbes have "here's why you should watch" pieces.

The Deccan Herald has an interview with Rahul Khanna (Yousaf).

Los Angeles Magazine has a piece about The Americans and House of Cards.

The season three DVD is available for pre-order.

This is kind of wonderful: the online magazine descended from the Daily Worker (the newspaper published by the Communist Party of the U.S.) is recapping The Americans.

A Russia Today journalist has a short piece about the show, including a little interview with the showrunners.
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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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I wasn't planning on doing another one of these before the premiere, but there's been just so much good stuff last night and today!

First up, more season three reviews! From Grantland's Andy Greenwald (if you read only one of these, make it this one), from Vox's Todd VanDerWerff (if you read only two of these, make it the previous one and this one), from Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz, from TIME's James Poniewozik, from Slate's Willa Paskin, from Salon's Sonia Saraiya, from the Washington Post's Hank Stuever, from the New Republic's Esther Breger, a double dose from Yahoo from Kimberly Potts and Ken Tucker, as well as from the AV Club, the Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, and TV Guide.

Next up, interviews!

Three interviews with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields: from Starpulse, from Worldscreen, and last but not least, from TIME Magazine (specifically dealing with their reaction to this week's real-life Russian spy bust in New York).

Four Three Two interviews with Matthew Rhys: from IndieWire, from seat42f.com, from the Wall Street Journal, and from Monsters and Critics.

Three Two interviews with Keri Russell: from the Hollywood Reporter, from The Today Show (video, ~4 min.), and from USA Today.

Two interviews with Holly Taylor (Paige): from Hitfix and from the North Jersey Record.

One interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina): from Rediff India Abroad

Finally, the Den of Geek site argues that The Americans is the best show you're not watching, Yahoo has some photos of the cast's wig transformations, and the cast and creatives attempt to recap the show to date in thirty seconds.
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A marvelous Hitfix interview with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields (unless you're SUPER spoiler-averse, this one is fine to read).

A whole slew of very spoilery reviews of the first few episodes of season three: from Spoiler TV (first episode only), from theworkprint.com, from IndieWire, from the IndieWire blog, from Slant Magazine, from Variety, from thedailynews.com, and from We Got This Covered.

The Christian Post has a Christian take on Paige's Christian conversion story.

And MediaPost does a full-on comparison of the new spy drama Allegiance and The Americans.
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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.

Links

Dec. 3rd, 2014 04:21 pm
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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 [dreamwidth.org profile] sistermagpie and I got to go on (highly recommended!) and lunch with Matthew Rhys.

[dreamwidth.org 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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Lots of new casting spoilers this week! Here's one about a new male recurring character, here's one about a female recurring character who we've seen once before, and here's another one about a male recurring character who we've seen once before.

Our own [dreamwidth.org profile] lisa_lnc already told us this in her great NYC Comic-Con panel review, but TVshowsonDVD has confirmation that the season two DVD box set will be out on December 16th. (Extras will include deleted scenes, a gag reel, and two featurettes called Operation Ghost Stories: The Real Directorate S and Shades of Red: The Mortality of the Americans.)

There's also one last NYC ComicCon review over at Polygon.

The student paper at Notre Dame University has a review of the show.

And for those of you who don't watch The Good Wife, you might be amused to learn that The Americans creator Joe Weisberg had a little cameo on a recent episode. The writers of the show thanked him on Twitter for appearing, and outed themselves as fans of The Americans in the process.

Finally, the People's Choice Awards have a tiny (and somewhat silly) interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina).
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More on the New York Comic-Con panel: a little writeup from Hitfix, from Vulture, from Bleeding Cool, from Film Book, and from IBITimes.

Here are some picture sets from the same panel, on Facebook and on Flickr.

And here are some videos from the panel or interviews surrounding the panel (some of these are not viewable by people outside of the U.S.): interview with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, panel excerpt from Keri Russell discussing her character's relationship with Paige, panel excerpt on Stan, panel excerpt on Nina, panel excerpt on pranks, panel excerpt on alter egos.

In non Comic-Con news, this Dutch-language piece has a casting spoiler for season three. I'll provide a translation under the cut )

Our own [personal profile] quantumreality has another short post on symmetries in The Americans.

And finally, just look at this picture of Paige & Henry from the start of season three! All grown up.

Links

Sep. 22nd, 2014 07:53 am
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Calling all New York-based fans (or folks who can get there easily)! The Americans will have a panel discussion at this year's New York Comic Con on Friday, October 10th, with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, as well as Keri Russell (Elizabeth), Noah Emmerich (Stan), and Annet Mahendru (Nina).

Malaysian paper The Star has a new republication of an old interview with Matthew Rhys.

Sexworker Leigh Alanna of the "Tits and Sass" blog has reviewed the show from a sexworker's perspective.

And Annet Mahendru has confirmed that the cast is starting to get their first scripts for season three.
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There has been a lot of outrage from critics about The Americans not getting much "Emmy love"--enough that I'm not even going to try to link to all of it. But here are the best pieces I could find that mention the show as having been snubbed: from Grantland's Andy Greenwald, from TIME's James Poniewozick, from Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall, and from Vox's Todd Vanderwerff (formerly of the AV Club).

In better news, co-showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields have signed a long-term development deal with FX that probably means not only more seasons of The Americans, but also additional co-productions between the two of them in the future.

Keri Russell has been doing some interviews to promote her new movie, and is sometimes getting asked about The Americans as well (or bringing it up herself): in an interview with MTV, and in another with the Miami Herald.

Forbes talks in some detail about binge-watching The Americans in an article about the difficulties of binge-watching.

The Americans has made Rolling Stone's list of the best TV of 2014 so far, and Forbes' 14 best moments on TV in 2014's first half.

Only sort-of related to The Americans, but still potentially interesting: the Windsor Star is reporting on the recent declassification of a large store of files about the Soviet illegals. (The Americans is mentioned as having been inspired by the historical events surrounding that information.)

And finally, a German fan is blogging about the show at the blog "Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen" (in German).
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First off, for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, here's the Television Academy panel with moderator Alan Sepinwall from HitFix, co-showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, Keri Russell (Elizabeth), Matthew Rhys (Philip), Noah Emmerich (Stan), and show composer Nathan Barr (video, ~1 hour).

Second, GoldDerby has continued with its series of Skype interviews with individual actors from the show. This week, they did Matthew Rhys (video, ~21 min), Noah Emmerich (Stan) (video, ~20 min), and Annet Mahendru (Nina) (video, ~17 min).

TVLine also did a print interview with Matthew Rhys and another with Annet Mahendru this week.

Slate has a lengthy answer from Noah Emmerich to a Quora question.

And showratings.tv has an interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg).

TVLine has included Matthew Rhys in their series of dream Emmy nominations, and Alan Sepinwall from HitFix has included the show in his "If I had an Emmy ballot" column.

Variety took portraits of a number of potential Emmy contenders, including Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich.

And finally, some handicapping from GoldDerby (which is in the business of predicting Emmy nominees): they're offering the odds of 33/1 for the show's nomination for Drama Series, 33/1 for Keri Russell's nomination for Drama Actress, 100/1 for Matthew Rhys' nomination for Drama Actor, 100/1 for Annet Mahendru's nomination for Drama Supporting Actress, 100/1 for Noah Emmerich's nomination for Drama Supporting Actor, and 16/1 for Margo Martindale's nomination for Drama Guest Actress.
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First, a veritable cornucopia of post-season interviews with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields: from Hitfix, from the AV Club, from Vulture, from TV Line, from Yahoo, from TV Guide, from tv.com, from Slate (audio, ~30 minutes, available only to subscribers, though a partial transcript is available here), and from Grantland (audio, ~57 minutes). [Editorial comment: take some time to read/listen to these if you can--they're all so different and so good!]

Next up, some reviews of season two: from Vulture, from the AV Club, from Screen Invasion, from Bustle, and from Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan (audio, ~48 minutes).

From Hitfix, an interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip).

From the New York Post, an interview with Noah Emmerich (Stan).

Keri Russell (Elizabeth) took part in a joint interview of many of the potential Emmy nominees for Best Actress with the Hollywood Reporter. This link has both a transcript of parts of the interview and video of a riff on the "what would you do if you weren't an actor" question" (~ 4:40). [Edited to add: the full video interview is now up (~1 hour).]

Two interviews with Annet Mahendru (Nina): one from Yahoo and one from U.S. News.

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

From The Wire, an interview with Margo Martindale (Claudia).

Two interviews with the composer for the show, Nathan Barr: from the Hollywood Reporter, and an excerpt from a piece from Film Score Monthly Online.

From Vanity Fair, a piece on the realism behind many of the show's spy storylines, and The Atlantic has a column on the show's refreshingly real take on Russians. And from Think Progress, a piece that challenges the realism in the season finale's plot twist.

From The Wire, the last season two "wig of the week", on the finale. And further in the disguises vein, TV Ate My Wardrobe has a piece on the best disguises of season two.

A column in Entertainment Weekly debates whether or not Elizabeth is a bad mom.

The Hollywood Reporter has The Americans at #2 in last week's "power rankings".

Paste Magazine has a piece on the 10 most shocking moments on the show.

"Behind The Red Door" has been pre-nominated in the AV Club's Tournament of Episodes.

From Indiewire, a summary of the pre-finale (but post-screener) tweets from some of the critics.

FX released a little mini-feature on The Art of the Edit (only viewable from within the U.S.).

According to Headline Planet, the ratings were up slightly for the season finale.

The LA Times has a piece on the recent trend in spy-related television series, including comments from The Americans co-showrunner Joel Fields.

An astrology blogger has written an mythological/astrological interpretation of the finale.

And finally, a glimpse into a writers' room joke: the supposed original pitch for the Stealth arc. :)
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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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