FX announced today that their acclaimed drama “The Americans” will return for its second season on Wednesday, February 26 at 10 PM ET/PT.
Currently in production in New York, “The Americans” stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Annet Mahendru, Alison Wright and Susan Misner. The series is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.
The arranged marriage of Philip (Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Russell), who have two children 14-year-old Paige (Taylor) and 11-year-old Henry (Sellati), who know nothing about their parents’ true identity grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Their neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Emmerich) has already come dangerously close to discovering their secret, but was thwarted by Nina (Mahendru), his KGB mole and paramour. Torn between his wife Sandra (Misner) and his deepening feelings for Nina, Stan is completely unaware that the beautiful Russian is actually a double agent, reporting on him to the KGB. Philip has been more successful handling his mole within the FBI, Martha (Wright), assistant to Stan’s boss, Special Agent Gaad (Richard Thomas). Romancing Martha under the guise of one of his cover identities, an FBI bureaucrat named “Clark,” Philip has secured her unquestioning loyalty by marrying her. Meanwhile, in the Jennings’ house, Paige has become increasingly suspicious that her parents are hiding something.
The series premiere of “The Americans” on January 30, 2013 stands as FX’s most-watched drama debut ever, drawing 5.1 million viewers.
Created and executive produced by Joe Weisberg (“Falling Skies”), a former CIA agent who went on to become an accomplished author, “The Americans” is produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions. Joel Fields and Graham Yost are also executive producers, along with Daniel Sackheim and Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.