The Americans, a new drama about KGB spies posing in Washington, D.C. during the 1980s from former CIA employee/author Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies) and Graham Yost (Justified), has been picked up by FX.
“We’re proud to welcome The Americans, a taught series that crackles with incredible performances rooted in character perspectives never explored on a U.S. television series, to FX’s line up of quality dramas,” FX president Doug Landgraff said in the press release announcing the pickup. “We’re equally excited to welcome Graham Yost’s talented young Padawan Joe Weisberg as Creator/Showrunner. He joins a long line of gifted writer/producers who have taken their first shot at greatness on FX.”
The titular “Americans” will be portrayed by Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) and Keri Russell (Felicity). After a few years living in the US, the couple’s love becomes real, but their relationship is complicated by Cold War-related conflicts and the arrival of a new neighbor that happens to work in counter intelligence.
The first, 13-episode season of the series will air in early 2013.