'The Americans' won the top prize at Critics Choice Awards.
Spy drama The Americans was the surprise winner of the major prize at the 5th annual Critics' Choice TV Awards on Sunday, beating out rivals Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black and Empire to score best drama series.
Matthew Rhys stars in The Americans
Elsewhere, Silicon Valley was voted the best comedy series over rivals Mom, Broad City and Veep, while in the acting categories, Taraji P. Henson received the award for best actress for Empire and Bob Odenkirk took home the award for best actor in a drama series for Better Call Saul. Jeffry Tambor was named best actor in a comedy series for Amazon Prime's Transparent, while Amy Schumer took home the award for best actress in a comedy series for Inside Amy Schumer.
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Matthew Rhys - Photographs of a variety of stars as they attended the 2015 FOX Winter Television Critics Association All-Star Party which was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 17th January 2015
'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' star Danny Devito is seen looking cheerful as he arrives at the Media Presents: 'Fargo' event at The Paley Center in New York alongside his 'Taxi' co-star Carol Kane and daughter Lucy DeVito.
Is the relationship between 'The Americans' co-stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys the reason for her marriage split last year?
You know what they say, ‘There’s no smoke without fire’. Well, there’s a lot of smoke around The Americans co-stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys at the moment. Of course, when a couple is locked in a steamy romance on screen, there are always rumors that they’re ‘having it off’ in real life, even when they deny it. Just take Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart when Twilight was being filmed, or Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt when rumors flew about around Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Oh, OK, maybe those aren’t the best examples...
Are Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys more than just co-stars?
Keri ‘amicably’ split from Shane Deary, her husband of seven years, some time in summer last year, which at the time didn’t seem like such a big deal. The pair hadn’t been photographed together for a while and a rep for Russell confirmed that they would continue to maintain a relationship in order to look after their two children, River, 6 and Willa, 2.
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True Detective and House of Cards might have a contender in The Americans as its second season impresses the critics.
Returning to a series that has enjoyed a strong first season is always a risk: expectations are doubled, and the job of pleasing fans increasing exponentially the further you go on; the further you desensitise them from what you have to say. The Americans, which is primarily a drama about relationships and marriage while the backdrop of war and espionage provides its steely edge, premiered last night on FX with its second season, and re-enters a TV space filled with stern competition. But if the critical response is anything to go by, it’ll soon become one of the most talked about shows of 2014.
“FX's The Americans does the near-impossible of making viewers cheer for Russian spies in America and at the same time for the American FBI agents who are trying to unmask those Russians living in suburbia. It's an incredibly deft balancing act that's accomplished through strong character development all around,” writes Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
That was one way to start the season with a bang.
The Americans returned to screens last night with a tense premiere episode that left viewers eagerly awaiting the twists of season 2. For anyone, who is yet to hop onto The Americans’ bandwagon, the show focuses on a pair of Soviet spies, masquerading as a suburban American family in the 80s, while secretly doing business for the Government. Last season struck exactly the right balance of intrigue, humor, political commentary and violence, not to mention it had Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys’ excellent performances to place it as the frontrunner for the title of national TV obsession, now that Breaking Bad is gone and Mad Men is going.
Keri Russell plays Nadezhda, aka Elizabeth Jennings.
The season 2 premiere was clearly intended to stake that claim, using that age old TV approach – more of everything. There was more death, more tension and yes, a bit more humor in the first episode of season 2, but luckily, no one hammed it up (apart from the wig department that is.)
The Primetime Emmy Award Nominations will be announced on Thursday 18th July. Netflix's 'Arrested Development' is a likely contender. 'The Americans'; 'Breaking Bad' and 'Scandal' are also likely candidates.
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations will be announced on Thursday (18th July). Speculation surrounding the awards is high, with Netflix's Arrested Development predicted to triumph. The awards will be announced by Kate Mara and Aaron Paul.
Aaron Paul will announce the nominations on Thursday.
Game of Thrones is also suspected as a strong contender in the category of Best Drama Series. Homeland who won a number of awards last year is predicted to flop owing to its disappointing second series.
The Welsh actor takes on the heartthrob
Matthew Rhys has got a special quality about him; he’s not the best looking or the best at P.E, no: he’s nothing like a milk tray advert for handsomeness, and that’s why he’s landed the legendary role of Darcy in an upcoming sequel of Pride and Prejudice.
Ben Stephenson, head of BBC drama, can probably explain this better. He reckons Rhy landed the role because “he is likeable and yet has a dark edge. We did not want a Milk Tray advert type of handsomeness.” No? Okay then. Maybe we’ll just let Rhys himself speak for a while. “Exciting as it is, one of the challenges of a part such as Darcy are the comparisons that will be drawn to those who’ve institutionalised him in the past,” he explained to Deadline. “And also, I don’t have to appear from a lake in a white shirt and breeches,” he added, much to the dismay of… fans of that scene. “The discussion on casting was about who can bring these characters alive again without having costume drama clichés,” said Stephenson, now making a lot more sense. “With Matthew Goode as Wickham you get an ambivalence [that] is perfect for the role . . . Anna Maxwell Martin is now perfect as a period actress and for playing Lizzie as a slightly older woman.”
The sequel is set six years after the events of Pride and Prejudice, and will be broadcast just before Christmas, promising to be one of the most popular TV events of the festive season.
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The FX original offers a refreshing change of pace.
The premise of FX’s The Americans makes it sound like a show with a lot more tension than it actually holds. It’s centered around two KGB agents, living undercover in 80s suburbia (right next to a FBI agent, no less), trying simultaneously to fit into the white picket fence lifestyle and build a family and go on secret missions, completely unnoticed by their neighbours (and the American government, of course). Sounds like a 24-style high tension action series. But the reality is very different. Rather than focusing on the Russian-ness of the Jennings, the show focuses on the American-ness of everything else – the food, the neighbors, the culture.
It’s definitely a series with too faces and, while enough attention is paid to the weapons, kidnappings and espionage, ample screen time is also devoted to the Jennings’ daily life, their interaction with the neighbours, their children’s school lives. It is as much a portrayal of American life, as it is an exploration of Cold War era attitudes. In addition, the very structure of the first season makes it more watchable than most “high style” shows on TV these days. Like in a humble comedy, most of the plot twists get resolved within the show’s weekly hour, but there’s still enough of an overreaching story arch to keep things interesting over the course of the season. The Americans doesn’t shy away from the occasional cliffhanger, but it does so in a way that won’t keep you up at night. And, while that might not fly too well with the critics, it makes for a surprisingly and refreshingly light debut season. If you wanna play catchup, you can check out the trailer below.
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The Americans - a new FX drama series starting Keri Russell - is receiving encouraging reviews across the board following its premiere on U.S. television. Set in the 1980s, the cold-war drama follows a group of Soviet KGB officers who have been trained to impersonate American citizens so that each one can become a sleeper agent. Their covers include unwitting spouses and families.
The Americans, also starring Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, premiered on Wednesday evening (January 30, 2013) to near unanimous acclaim from critics. Alan Sepinwall over at HitFix said, "Based on the admittedly small sample size of two episodes, The Americans feels like it could very comfortably slot in with the upper tier of FX dramas. That's about as good as it gets." Dorothy Rabinowitz at the Wall Street Journal was equally impressed by the show, writing, "The Americans unfolds a thoroughly seductive tale of sleeper KGB agents." The nature of the show leaves it an open target for Homeland comparisons, though critics aren't necessarily dismissing its potential to match the Emmy and Golden Globe winning drama. The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman said, "It's too early to really judge Americans against Homeland, but if the latter is getting away from what hooked you in the first place, then you might find what you're missing on Americans." Gil Pennington at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch likened the show to another all-conquering television drama, "The Americans isn't just a heart-pounding action drama; by presenting heroes who are also villains, it also confronts viewers with TV's deepest moral dilemma since "The Sopranos". High praise indeed.
Fans of the show have a 13-episode season to look forward to, though on the basis of early reviews, expect a second instalment to be given the green-light pretty soon.
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