FX Finds ‘The Americans’

Graham Yost and Joe Weisberg plan a new cold war drama pilot that takes place during the '80s.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The Russians are coming to FX! Or rather, "The Americans" are coming.

FX has officially announced its latest drama pilot, "The Americans;" which follows Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, a pair of Russian spies living in Washington D.C. while passing as an American family during the early 1980s. From the brief description provided by the network, it seems that Phillip and Elizabeth's marriage was arranged, but their feelings for each other have deepened after years together in America with their two children, who have no idea about their parents' true identities.

Phillip is also said to have developed an affinity for America's way of life even as he and Elizabeth maintain a network of KGB spies in the U.S. capitol during the Cold War. "The Americans" was created by Joe Weisberg, a screenwriter who has previously worked on "Falling Skies" and "Damages." Weisberg also worked for the CIA before becoming a novelist and later a TV writer. "Justified" showrunner, Graham Yost will serve as an executive producer on the potential series alongside Weisberg.

“Joe Weisberg has written one of the best pilot scripts we’ve ever read with two richly drawn and indelible characters embarking on an epically exciting, emotional, and morally complex journey,” said FX Executive President of Original Programming, Nick Grad.
If "The Americans" goes forward as a series, it would seem to be in line for a potential summer or fall of 2012 debut. FX recently dropped its "Outlaw Country" pilot and sent the highly anticipated adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's "Powers" back for reshoots and redevelopment to begin next month.

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