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‘CBS Evening News’ Launches Two-Part Investigation Into Dubious Medicine For Military Personnel

5 May 2015 2:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“The CBS Evening News” on Tuesday night will feature something that could be hard to find on competing news programs: A special medicinal cream that is of so much value to those who need it that a one-month supply can cost as much as $15,000.

In the first part of a two-night report, CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod discovers that American taxpayers are spending millions of dollars on questionable medications for military personnel and veterans. The creams, which are touted as having the ability to soothe pain and scars, are marketed directly to military personnel, and dozens of websites advertise them as low-cost cure-alls for service members’ wounds and pain.

The catch, Axelrod finds, is that the medicines aren’t so cheap. Major General Richard Thomas, who oversees the military health benefit system Tricare, tells him the agency is on track to spend more than $2 billion in taxpayer funds in 2015 on the dubious prescriptions. »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘The Americans’ Season 3 Finale Postmortem: Joel Fields On the Martha Mystery, Reagan Speech

22 April 2015 8:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Warning: The following interview contains spoilers for the Season 3 finale of “The Americans” titled “March 8, 1983.”

How much longer can Philip and Elizabeth Jennings hide the truth? The carefully crafted lies of the undercover Soviet spies played by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are slowly leaking out. In the final four episodes of the season, their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), Philip’s “second wife” Martha (Alison Wright), and now, it appears, Paige’s confidante Pastor Tim (Kelly AuCoin) all learned the couple’s true identities. During the FX drama’s eventful finale, Philip almost even came clean to Sandra Beeman (Susan Misner), the soon-to-be ex-wife of his FBI agent neighbor, Stan (Noah Emmerich).

Meanwhile, Stan saw his own covert plan to reunite with exiled lover Nina (Annet Mahendru) go up in flames when he finally revealed the details to horrified boss Agent Gaad (Richard Thomas). But even as Stan lost a friend in Gaad, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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‘The Americans’ Q&A: Noah Emmerich Talks His Directorial Debut and Picking Philip’s Wig

11 March 2015 8:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Americans” season 3, episode 7, titled “Walter Taffet.”

Noah Emmerich has been angling to direct an episode of “The Americans” since season one. The thesp, who plays FBI agent Stan Beeman on FX’s Cold War drama, asked the showrunners early in the run what it would take for him to get to try his hand behind the camera.

They told him to take advantage of being on the show and soak up every aspect of production: From the initial production meetings all the way through the editing and sound mix. “Any time I had time off as an actor I would hang out and observe what I could,” Emmerich says. By the end of season two, Emmerich knew he had the gig.

He didn’t know it would be such a doozy of an episode. Among the events of tonight »

- Geoff Berkshire

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The Americans: Season Three Ratings

13 February 2015 1:12 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

In the second season of The Americans, the ratings dropped 25-32%. Fortunately, FX renewed the series for a third year anyway. Will the ratings rise this time around or will they fall? Will the show be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? We'll have to wait and see.

Taking place in the 1980s, The Americans revolves around the lives and secret work of Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) -- two Soviet Kgb officers who are posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Others in the cast include Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner, Alison Wright, Richard Thomas, and Lev Gorn.

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