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The Americans Season 3 Premiere & a Q&A with Matthew Rhys

28 January 2015 9:46 AM, PST

If you’re not excited about the return of The Americans tonight on FX, then you haven’t been watching. It’s time to start. The Season 3 premiere begins at 10pm Est. The back story for those playing catch-up: Welsh born thesp Matthew Rhys with co-star Keri Russell portray Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, an attractive couple and parents to one boy and one girl. It’s early 1980s. They own a travel agency, live in the suburbs and drive a gas guzzling automobile. Trouble is they’re Kgb spies; Russian operatives masquerading as Americans, and they’re really good at it.   Matthew, as Philip, slips in to and out of a host of outfits, hairstyles, accents and personalities...

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- Darwyn Carson

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Remembering Joe Franklin

26 January 2015 11:36 AM, PST

I can’t accept the idea that Joe Franklin is gone. He seemed ageless, as much a part of the New York scene as the Brooklyn Bridge. If you didn’t grow up in the New York City area his name might not resonate; unless you remember Billy Crystal’s hilarious (and accurate) portrayal of Joe on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s. Crystal’s affectionate impression was based on a lifetime of watching Joe. He was a fixture on local television from 1950 to 1993, hosting a daily talk show that was strangely endearing. Originally called Joe Franklin’s Memory Lane, it featured old movie clips and records from his enormous collection, along with an array of studio guests. Having started out on...

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- Leonard Maltin

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