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The Americans’ Costa Ronin Talks Oleg’s Mission, Trusting Stan & If He’ll Ever Meet Philip and Elizabeth

7 hours ago | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

It’s been an interesting year so far for Oleg Burov in Season 3 of The Americans. After going up against FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) in last season of FX’s spy drama, Oleg has been forced to work together with his former enemy, as the two men have become unlikely allies in an attempt to help free the woman they both love, Nina (Annet Mahendru), from a Russian prison. So do Oleg and Stan really trust each other, and will we see them continue this mission in final four episode of The Americans‘ third season? That was just one of the question I got to ask Costa Ronin, who plays Oleg on the FX series. However, that wasn’t until after he and I had a lengthy discussion about Philly cheesesteaks (once he learned that I’m from Philadelphia), and I tried to explain why Jim’s is better than Geno’s and… »

- Chris King

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16 hottest forums posts: Did 'The Americans' and Lois Smith just jump into the Emmy race?

9 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Join the fiery discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. Many of our featured posters could be honored with our new Derbyite Awards. Click here for more details, but hurry up and cast your votes for our new Derbyite Awards to determine Funniest Derbyite, Best Forums Debater, Breakthrough Forum Poster of the Year, Best Expert, Best Editor and more. Nominations will be unveiled on April Fool's Day. Winners to be unveiled on April 21. -Break- 'The Americans' episode 'Do Male Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?' - Click here to join our forums chat Denis: That was a fantastic hour, right to the last second of the episode. When I saw the name Lois Smith at the credits in the opening of the episode it was such excitement. »

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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln

28 March 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Andrew Lincoln

The Show | The Walking Dead

The Episode | “Try” (March 22, 2015)

The Performance | We always knew that Lincoln could play the living daylights out of anything that was thrown at him. But until this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, we didn’t realize that he could act his way from A to Z all within the span of a single hour.

Talk about a revelation! Early on in “Try,” the native of London revealed his character’s sweet, sensitive side during his interaction with (forbidden) love interest Jessie. »

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The Americans, Ep. 3.09: “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?” uses murders for reflection

26 March 2015 3:47 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Americans, Season 3, Episode 9: “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Written by Joshua Brand

Directed by Stephen Williams

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (Et) on FX

While last week’s episode, “Divestment,” showcased the emotional violence caused by the characters of The Americans, this week’s Phillip K. Dick-referencing “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?” focuses on actual physical violence and its effects. It’s an idea that’s been explored thoroughly on the show (through the infamous suitcase scene, the tooth extraction, and many other aspects), but the most recent hour is particularly notable for the way in which it contrasts how various characters react to the murders (or forced suicides, which are more or less the same thing) for which they’re responsible. No major players in the series’ universe are lost, but the two killings are, in their own way, two of the more »

- Max Joseph

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?'

25 March 2015 8:03 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I take my aspirin with beer... "Do you think doing this to me will make the world a better place?" -Betty "I'm sorry, but it will." -Elizabeth "That's what evil people tell themselves when they do evil things." -Betty Each week this season, "The Americans" finds some wonderful, horrible new way to punch its audience in the gut and leave us asking for more. There was Annelise getting folded into the suitcase. There was Philip listening to Yaz with Kimmie, and Elizabeth telling Paige about Gregory at the same time Philip was inviting Kimmie to pray with him. And just last week, there was Reuben necklacing his Afrikaner oppressor. This is a show that routinely presents its characters committing acts that are horrifying on physical, emotional and/or political levels, and it shows them doing it because they believe dearly in a cause, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Americans Review: “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?” (Season 3, Episode 9)

25 March 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Seeing as “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?” spends a good deal of the hour looking under the hood of everyone’s favourite four-wheel courier, I’m going to do a little curtain-drawing myself. As we’ve gotten deeper into this season of The Americans, review screeners of new episodes have been made available closer and closer to actual live airings. Obviously, having time to ruminate on each new episode before talking about it is ideal, but it’s not like The Americans ever leaves you without something to say immediately after watching each hour.

Point being, I’m very glad that, unlike the last few episodes, I had a couple days to think over “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?,” because after a first watch, I had some pretty strong reservations about the episode. Punctuated by three long, densely written scenes between Elizabeth and a woman destined to become collateral damage, »

- Sam Woolf

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Keri Russell's Most Stunning Snaps From 1999 to Now

23 March 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Thanks to Keri Russell's hit TV show The Americans, the actress is having a moment. Well, another moment in a career full of memorable moments, that is. Keri, who turns 39 on Monday, has been in Hollywood for more than two decades, winning over fans on The Mickey Mouse Club and making appearances on shows like Boy Meets World and 7th Heaven before starring in Felicity in the late '90s. Since then, she's made a name for herself both on screen and in the style world, becoming a fashion girl with more than a few Pinterest-worthy looks. With photos spanning from 1999 to now, take a look back at some of Keri's most stunning snaps. »

- Laura-Marie-Meyers

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The Americans, Ep. 3.08: “Divestment” challenges the viewer’s sympathies

19 March 2015 1:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Americans, Season 3, Episode 8: “Divestment”

Written by Joshua Brand

Directed by Dan Attias

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (Et) on FX

Calling attention to the lies told in an episode of The Americans might feel like spotlighting the sex in an hour of Game of Thrones, or the cringeworthiness of an installment of Girls, but this week’s “Divestment” is particularly filled with mendacity. As with the violence (which shall be discussed in a bit), it’s not the amount of it, but the severity of the obfuscations of truth which impacts viewers the most. Accordingly, “Divestment” contains some of the most painful and exaggerated lies seen on the show in recent memory.

The discomfort begins in the first scene of the opening act, where Martha is interrogated by the titular character of last week’s episode. His curiosity about her pens brings steadfast denials from her. It’s hard »

- Max Joseph

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The Americans Review: “Divestment” (Season 3, Episode 8)

18 March 2015 8:12 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Among my favourite things about The Americans is its sense of history. Not just the period aesthetic, which lets the characters dress retro chic, and gives the creators license to bust out hilarious old technology like the mail robot. It’s the narrative history of The Americans that gives the show a real sense of place. Having a scene where characters discuss Reaganomics while listening to a Tears for Fears record will signal to the viewer that what they’re watching is set in the ‘80s, but unless we believe that this moment was preceded by years, even decades of backstory, the use of the period is really just window dressing.

Because its drama is so closely tied to politics, The Americans has the luxury of pulling from real history to ground the present tense action. But our investment as viewers comes from watching how people like the Jennings come »

- Sam Woolf

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Divestment': Til death do you part?

18 March 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I won't be able to ride the trains the next time I'm home... "Being married and being at war do not always go together." -Reuben Before we even get to the opening credits, "Divestment" offers us a series of interrogations, and discussions of interrogations:  Elizabeth and Philip and Reuben try to get their South African prisoners to talk, Martha and other FBI staffers gossip about Walter Taffet's interviews about the bug in Agent Gaad's office, and Nina returns to the prison interview room to learn that if she can coax information out of Anton (the refusenik scientist kidnapped by Philip and Elizabeth in season 2) the way she did with Evi, she can get her sentence ended immediately. Throughout the episode, we are presented with characters who are trapped and characters who get to go free, and often the only difference between the two, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Rules of Speaking Russian on The Americans

18 March 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

For a high-tension thriller about sex, spies, and audiotape airing on FX, The Americans spends a substantial portion of time translating complicated themes to viewers in Russian. As the saga of undercover agents Philip and Elizabeth Jennings slow-burns its way through its third season, how do the show’s writers decide when to use Russia’s mother tongue over English? And what is it like working so often in another language? We asked creator Joe Weisberg and his co-showrunner Joel Fields to reveal their rules of engagement.First off, there was never meant to be so much Russian in the show.Joel Fields: Back in season one, we thought there would probably be very little Russian in the show … When the show started, in the pilot, there wasn’t even a Rezidentura. A lot of the Russian obviously takes place there. When we wrote the second episode, we put the Rez in, »

- Sean T. Collins

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Matt Bomer Joins Lady Gaga for American Horror Story: Hotel; Jessica Lange Confirms She's Officially 'Done'

15 March 2015 9:56 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Matt Bomer is checking into American Horror Story: Hotel, while franchise frontwoman Jessica Lange is officially out.

White Collar alum Bomer has been tapped to star opposite Lady Gaga in the latest installment of the anthology series, it was announced Sunday at the FX hit’s PaleyFest panel.

VideosAmerican Horror Story: Hotel: Watch the First Teaser

Additionally, Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock, Glee) has also joined the Hotel ensemble. There’s no word on the characters Bomer and Jackson will be playing.

Also during the PaleyFest panel, Lange confirmed her decision to not partake in the fifth season, telling the crowd, »

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Ready For Their Close-Up: Six TV Characters Worthy of a Spin-Off

13 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Television history is littered with the bodies of ill-advised spin-offs. Their corpses, copies of reviews and overnights crumpled in their clawed little hands, defile the memories of the successful shows that spawned them and serve as cautionary tales for every writer tempted to go to the same well twice.

However, every once in a while, a spin-off is successful enough to Febreeze the funk out of the graveyard. After all, Star Trek: The Next Generation was better than the original and few people even remember that The Simpsons began as a segment on The Tracey Ullman Show. Now there is Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad prequel that debuted to gorilla-sized expectations and has, thus far, managed to meet them. By both embracing its association with Breaking Bad and establishing its own slower pace around the sad-sack charm of Bob Odenkirk, the show has slithered out of a seemingly no-win »

- A.R. Wilson

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Fargo Season 2 Adds Cristin Milioti

12 March 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

FX is taking Cristin Milioti (A to Z) on a dangerous new journey — and we hope she’s packing more than just a yellow umbrella.

RelatedFX Boss Talks Ronald Reagan’s Fargo Season 2 Role

The former How I Met Your Mother star will appear in the second season of Fargo, our sister site Deadline reports, playing Betsy, the wife of State Police Officer Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson) and the daughter of Rock County Sheriff Hank Larsson (Ted Danson). Tougher than she might appear, Betsy is said to be able to “clean a gun as well as the gutters.”

As previously reported, »

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The Americans, Ep. 3.07: “Walter Taffet” is filled with suspense

12 March 2015 1:11 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Americans, Season 3, Episode 7: “Walter Taffet”

Written by Lara Shapiro

Directed by Noah Emmerich

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (Et) on FX

Something is rotten in the CIA, as Agents Gadd, Beeman, and Aderholt discover in “Walter Taffet,” this week’s installment of The Americans. Martha has been spying on her co-workers for a while now, as a favour to her husband “Clark,” and the episode finally sees her misdeed being acknowledged.

The moment comes across as a welcome shock after a couple of fairly uneventful hours (with the exception of Nina’s betrayal of her cellmate and a few other events). While the recent episodes have been compelling, and certainly effective in developing the characters (most notably the triangle between Elizabeth, Phillip, and Paige), they mostly haven’t trafficked in the heart-in-your-throat type of feelings, which The Americans does better than nearly any other show on television. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, »

- Max Joseph

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The Americans’ Resident FBI Agent on How to Direct an Episode of Television

12 March 2015 5:59 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Noah Emmerich, who has played troubled FBI agent Stan Beeman on three seasons of FX’s spy series The Americans, directed his first episode of the show this week. It was his first time behind the camera in any professional capacity, and as it happens, Lara Shapiro’s script required him to work in a lot of different modes. There were straightforward dialogue scenes, a car accident and a street fight, several silent or near-silent moments of suspense and nonverbal communication between spouses, even a quasi-lyrical opening shot that brought the show closer to poetry than its stoic Russian temperament usually allows. We talked with Emmerich about his first time behind the camera on The Americans, and took the opportunity to ask some basic questions about what it means to direct an hour of TV on a brisk schedule and a tight budget. His motto is the same as the »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Noah Emmerich on His ‘Americans’ Directorial Debut, and Why We Should Be Worried About Stan

11 March 2015 8:06 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Spoiler alert: This article discusses major plot points from tonight's episode of "The Americans" ("Walter Taffet"). If you've been watching "The Americans," then you know they've been on a hot streak all season ranging from gripping story lines (how do you tell your Jesus-obsessed American-born teenage daughter that you're actually Russian spies and you're recruiting her into your fold?) to gruesome evidence-disposal tactics (see: folding a dead body into a suitcase; Diy at-home dentistry). Tonight's episode however, was the epitome »

- Sarene Leeds

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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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Post Mortem: Americans' Alison Wright on Martha's Panic, Doubts About Philip

11 March 2015 8:05 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Wednesday’s episode of The Americans.

A big secret was declassified on Wednesday night’s episode of The Americans when the listening device Martha planted for Philip at the FBI was discovered.

“The sh-t has hit the fan, and the fan is going to keep on whirring,” portrayer Alison Wright says with a laugh.

RelatedThe Americans: Margo Martindale to Return During Season 3

Now, Martha’s position at the agency is “not only in jeopardy, but she could be going to jail,” the actress shares. “If she were to get caught with this »

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Walter Taffet': Never break the chain

11 March 2015 8:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I'm not a part of this discourse... "Is this how it's gonna work?" -Philip "Walter Taffet" opens with Philip in the laundry room listening to a radio news report about the dire situation in Afghanistan, a look on his face that makes clear he is thinking of the son he has never met, and who is too far away for him to protect (beyond whatever he can accomplish by having sex with a 15-year-old girl, that is). He walks through the rest of the house and goes to see Paige, who's physically near enough to wrap his arms around, and learns that Elizabeth has now moved her beyond his emotional grasp. Whether near or far, his children are at the mercy of forces he can't do anything about, and one of those forces is the wife he couldn't possibly feel more distant from. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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