The Americans is one of FX's most successful shows, blending Cold War drama and spy action for a critically lauded combination. Despite its success, the network has set the stage for the series' end.
The Soviet-era intelligence drama has been renewed for its final two seasons at FX. Season 5 of The Americans will run for 13 episodes in 2017, with a 10-episode Season 6 in 2018. Co-showrunners Joseph Weisberg and Joel Fields have also signed overall deals with FX Productions, which will produce their follow-up to the series.
Eric Schrier, FX's president of original programming, seems particularly proud of the show. Here's what he had to say regarding the announcement:
"Through its first four seasons, critics have lauded 'The Americans' as one of the best shows on television and, remarkably, a series that keeps getting better every year. We have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell this story to its perfect conclusion."
Meanwhile, Weisberg and Fields just seem happy to get the opportunity to close out the story properly, saying in a joint statement:
"It’s hard to believe we’re heading into the final stretch on 'The Americans,' and we’re so grateful to know we’ll be telling the story to its conclusion. It’s a lot of people putting their hearts and souls into The Americans, at this point for a lot of years. We’re looking forward to the final two.”
Emmy Award On The Horizon?
The Americans has been one of FX's most critically acclaimed shows for the past four seasons, though its received little love from the Television Academy. The show's only received one Emmy Award, which went to Margo Martindale for a guest spot. However, knowledge that the series is on the way out could cause Emmy voters to show some love for The Americans over the next two years. And while the clock is winding down, fans can always look forward to the next great creation from Weisberg and Fields.
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