10:00am PT by Kate Stanhope, Bryn Elise Sandberg
FX Renews 'The Americans' for Final Two Seasons
The Americans' farewell tour at FX is about to begin.
The cabler has renewed the acclaimed spy drama for two final seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
A 13-episode fifth season will bow in 2017, followed by a 10-episode sixth and final season in 2018. But despite the show's forthcoming end date, creators Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields are staying put. The pair have signed overall deals with FX Productions to develop new projects for the network.
In addition to Weisberg and Fields, Graham Yost, Chris Long and Stephen Schiff also executive produce the series, along with Amblin TV's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The Americans hails from Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
Weisberg and Fields told THR in March that they had a vague idea of how they wanted to end the series, though they weren't sure if they'd need a total five or six seasons to do it. “[FX has] come to us and said that that’s not going to be a business decision from them — it’s a creative decision from us. So they’ve liberated us to do what’s going to be right for the show,” said Fields. “There’s no danger that there will be a sudden end to the show. I think we’ll be able to reach the end that feels right to us dramatically.”
Added Weisberg of how they plan to end the series: "We have a pretty good sense. I would say we got it down to about four different endings. So we’re pretty well honed in on a zone we’re going to go to, but we haven’t decided for sure. And the way that we work, it could also all change. As it gets closer, we could come up with something totally different that would surprise me."
Starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as two KGB spies posing as a married American couple during the Cold War, The Americans has been a critical darling ever since it premiered in 2013. However, the show has drawn modest ratings throughout its run and has so far been unable to break into the Emmy race in a big way, save for a 2015 win for guest star Margo Martindale. The series also has nabbed a Peabody Award, and was named best drama series at the Critics' Choice Television Awards and by the Television Critics Association.
Also seen in the fourth season currently airing is Dylan Baker, Brandon J. Dirden, Lev Gorn, Annet Mahendru, Costa Ronin, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Richard Thomas, Alison Wright, and Noah Emmerich. The season-four finale is set for June 8.
“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,” said Eric Schrier, FX Networks and Productions co-president of original programming. “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.”
Added Fox 21 Television Studios president Bert Salke: “I echo the sentiments of our friends at FX in congratulating Joe, Joel and everyone at The Americans on creating one of the most critically acclaimed, thought provoking and spectacularly acted television shows ever to be broadcast. It remains our privilege to partner with FX Productions on this series, and while we are already mourning the eventual end, we are grateful to FX for this generous two-season pickup that enables the show to go out on its own terms and gives the creators time to craft a final stretch as satisfying as the show itself.”
The Americans' final two seasons join fellow original dramas American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Fargo, The Strain and Tyrant. Upcoming series include the Tom Hardy miniseries Taboo, Ryan Murphy's new anthology Feud and Danny Boyle's Trust.