Two episodes left before season 3 finally wraps up, period drama “The Americans” has already been picked up for two more seasons which will also serve the last ones for the series.
All throughout its almost four-year run, “The Americans” have been lauded for its unique approach in tackling a story involving two Soviet KGB officers, Elizabeth (Keri Russel) and Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) during the height of the Cold War. The two operatives are currently posing as a normal American married couple residing in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and have been carrying dangerous missions with the looming threat of being caught.
“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,” FX’s president of original programming Eric Schrier said referring to the steady development of the show’s narrative which is slowly drawing critics’ attention. Unfortunately, the quality of work in “The Americans” just does not translate in terms of viewership ratings.
Furthermore, with the lack of buzz and a solid fan base, the program is touted to have been largely overlooked by the bigger Award giving bodies. Despite this, FX Productions continue to stand by the show with hopes that it deserves a perfectly executed conclusion with Schrier saying, “we have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell this story to its perfect conclusion.”
Giving additional two seasons for “The Americans” may also be a good way to promote it and continue to build its following until it ends run in 2018.
On the other hand, Fox 21 TV Studios, who co-produces the thriller with FX shares that they are grateful for the renewal. “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,” Fox 21 president Bert Salke said.
Season 5, which will run in 2017 will be comprised of 14 episodes while its last installment to come out a year later will be slightly shorter with 10 chapters.