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Keri Russell returns to TV drama with 'The Americans'

August 09, 2012|By Patrick Kevin Day
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FX is going into the recent past of Reagan-era Cold War America for its next drama series, "The Americans."

The cable channel announced on Thursday that it had ordered 13 episodes of the drama series created by "Falling Skies" writer Joe Weisberg. Graham Yost, creator and executive producer of "Justified," is executive producer, along with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as a pair of KGB agents posing as a normal married couple living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., in the 1980s. They have to keep their true identities secret from both their children and the people around them, including their new next door neighbor, an FBI agent working in counterintelligence (played by Noah Emmerich).

The series is Russell's return to starring on a TV drama after her Golden Globe-winning run on "Felicity" from 1998 to 2002. She appeared in the canceled Fox comedy "Running Wilde" in 2010.

"The Americans" is expected to begin production in October and will debut on FX early in 2013.

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