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The Americans renewed for final two seasons

The Americans: Season 2

Story by Jack Foley

CRITICALLY-acclaimed spy drama The Americans has been renewed for a final two seasons, FX has confirmed.

A 13-episode fifth season will air in 2017, followed by a sixth and final season consisting of 10 episodes in 2018. Three episodes remain in the series’ current fourth season.

Co-created by Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, The Americans stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as a couple of Soviet spies living in a Washington suburb during the Reagan era.

A critical darling, the show was recognised in 2015 with a Peabody Award for outstanding achievement in drama at the Television Critics’ Association Awards, and for best drama series at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

Actress Margo Martindale also won a Primetime Emmy Award last year for guest actress in a drama series for her work on the show.

In making the announcement about the show’s renewal, FX original programming president Eric Schrier said: “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.

All credit for that achievement goes to everyone who has worked on the show, and especially co-showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, Graham Yost, our brilliant stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Allison Wright, Holly Taylor, Annet Mahendru and the ensemble cast for their incomparable performances every season.

“We have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell this story to its perfect conclusion. On behalf of our producing partners at Fox 21 Television Studios and Amblin TV, we look forward to a brilliant final act of the Jennings family saga.”

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