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Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 4:01PM EDT
Julianna Margulies' The Hot Zone rounds out its cast with Topher Grace, Noah Emmerich and Liam Cunningham
Nick Searcy, Paul James, Robert Sean Leonard and Robert Wisdom are also joining the six-episode National Geographic Channel limited series. James D’Arcy is set to guest-star.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Analyzing The Americans' garage scene, the most haunting aspect of the series finale
There were many aspects to series finale's intense garage scene, which featured filmmaking that allowed it to operate as an "artful dance of loyalty and revelations among the actors," says Angelica Jade Bastién. She adds: "The Americans is a series primed to elude expectations, trading the typical thrills associated with espionage dramas for insightful explorations into marriage and the mutable nature of identity. What makes the garage scene the most haunting aspect of the finale is ultimately what made the series a uniquely bruising experience over the course of its six seasons: It deeply considers the price and power of true intimacy. The scene also distills the most intriguing aspects of the show: tension that bites, a clever use of silence and sound design, delicately fine-tuned performances, directorial choices that privilege the subtle gestures of the actors, and an astute understanding of the weight of history both personal and global. All of these traits — especially the raw, nerved vulnerability that defines the performances by (Matthew) Rhys and (Noah) Emmerich — work in concert to plumb the murky depths of male vulnerability, loyalty, and the price of intimacy itself."
- The garage scene is everything The Americans has encapsulated and built up over six seasons
- The great thing about the garage scene is how open to interpretation it was
- The garage scene was thoughtful, personal and, crucially, restrained -- the epitome of everything The Americans did so well
- Here's a travel guide for The Americans in Moscow
- U2 was the perfect choice for the series finale: "For one of the most dramatic sequences in its final episode, the series decided to go with a song as massive as they could find"
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
The Americans series finale was one of TV's best, with its shift from theater to silent cinema
"The subdued finale, says Matt Zoller Seitz, "is one of the best that I’ve seen, a terrific example of an ending that summarizes what the series was about while putting a new frame around it. 'START' pulverizes any idea of a script for these role-players to 'play' and forces them to work off-script. The privilege (or excuse) of needing to stick to the script, rain or shine, has allowed Philip and Elizabeth to break every last one of the Ten Commandments in the name of a higher ideal: the destruction of America and capitalism. It has also allowed Stan, the beer-drinking, flag-saluting Yankee, to feel patriotic even after hacksawing huge ethical corners, including falling in love with a double agent (later triple-agent) and straight-up murdering a Soviet operative in retaliation for the KGB killing his partner. (Philip did that deed, but thankfully Stan never found out.) Everybody’s gone off-script now, and the series goes off-script with them. And so The Americans, a series that has never shied away from its TV-ness, goes in a startling new direction in its final chapter, envisioning its two most important sequences as, respectively, a stage play produced without costumes or sets in a parking garage, and a Russian silent movie that carries much of its meaning through images, confining dialogue to a few sentences so tight-lipped that they could fit on old-fashioned title cards."
- The finale was frustrating more than satisfying: It felt limp, unwilling to push its characters too far
- It was surprising in that it made a climax out of a series of anti-climaxes: "The episode was a litany of things that did not happen"
- The Americans leaving on a morally ambiguous note felt like the surest way out of the series
- The Americans needed to stick the landing, and it did with an ending that felt true to the main characters
- Though it was unexpected, the finale did live up to the spirit of the past six seasons
- There was a "quiet elegance" in the way The Americans chose to end the series
- The finale managed to tick off the necessary boxes without turning into fan service
- The Americans landed on a conclusion that reflects the series as a whole: Tense, understated, affecting, and one of the greats
- The Americans never told open-and-shut stories, so it makes sense that ambiguity crept into the ending
- Keri Russell cried reading the finale script at a restaurant, Matthew Rhys cried reading it on a train
- Rhys says the garage scene took nine hours to film, but the train scene was the toughest because they used an actual moving train
- Rhys didn't think Renee was a spy, but Russell isn't as sure
- Noah Emmerich said he thought the garage scene was "very beautiful and humane and poetic, and very Americans"
- Emmerich says Stan made a "humanistic choice": "It was too conflicted for Stan"
- Holly Taylor: "I was so shocked when I read that. I was not expecting that at all"
- Taylor predicts where Paige will be in five to 10 years after the series finale
- Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields are keeping mum on what they think happens after the series finale
- Creator Weisberg said he and Fields found that this was the only ending that worked: "We did our due diligence and we ran every single possible other ending of the show through our brains to see if there was a better one, but this was still the one that we loved the best and seemed to be the most natural and true ending of this story."
- The garage scene wasn't an idea that was planned years in advance
- Fields and Weisberg aren't interested in doing any spinoffs, not even with Renee, Martha or Claudia
- Fields and Weisberg pick their eight favorite musical moments from the entire series
- Read an oral history of "START," The Americans' series finale
- Check out The Americans cast outside of their roles at a Wednesday night series finale event
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
How The Americans built one of the best-ever final seasons
"The Americans has constructed a remarkable final season not by trying to become something other than itself," says Todd VanDerWerff. "Instead, it has refocused on the three questions that made it so good in the first place, questions ably expressed by the scenes I saw being filmed: What is your home? Who is your family? And what do they matter?" He adds that "as the final season has gone on, it hasn’t done any of the things you’d expect from a final season, like killing off lots of viewers’ favorite characters or showing Philip and Elizabeth on the run from those who know their secret. But it has maintained almost all the emotional devastation you’d expect from a final season, and much of that has to do with its ingenious idea of pitting Philip and Elizabeth against each other."
- When The Americans premiered, it was hard to imagine it would become culturally relevant
- The Americans has remained every bit as fierce and as captivating as when it began
- How Russian food became a forbidden link to the past on The Americans
- Matthew Rhys on what he'll miss most about his FX role: "I don’t think I’ll see such a dimensional part again…. The layers of the onion were incredibly satisfying as an actor"
- Costa Ronin is surprised Oleg made it to the series finale
- Noah Emmerich explains why he avoided finding out what would happen to Stan
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
How The Americans filmed this week's shocking scene
Director Stefan Schwartz, who also helmed the Season 4 episode that saw the execution of Nina Sergeevna, says he wanted a "cold and simple" approach to shooting last night's memorable scene. “In this moment, we see the brutal truth that Philip is faced with, and the toll it takes on him — and on Elizabeth, too," he says. "Because she sees what he’s going through and appreciates what he’s prepared to do for her. They become closer because of it.”
- Go behind the scenes of the game-changing "Harvest" episode
- "Harvest" was as gobsmacking as one of Breaking Bad's most shocking episodes
- Noah Emmerich delivered a "sneaky-great" performance
- Throughout the final season, The Americans has grappled with death in so many different ways
- 16-year-old Keidrich Sellati talks about Henry not always being in the picture
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 4:24PM EDT
Noah Emmerich is going from The Americans to The Spy with Sacha Baron Cohen
Emmerich will follow his role as an FBI agent on the FX series by playing a charming, rumpled and brilliant Mossad trainer on the six-episode limited series about the real-life Israeli spy Eli Cohen, played by Cohen, who is embedded in Syria in the 1960s.