Juliana Margulies, Tatiana Maslany
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Question: Once again, this year's Emmy nominations are predictably boring. What was the bigger snub: No Good Wife nomination for Best Drama (especially with a weak Downton Abbey season in its place) or no nomination for Tatiana Maslany for her web of roles on Orphan Black? (I already know the answer: Both snubs were egregious.) — Erin
No one expects the Emmy nominations to please everybody — there's simply too much TV these days, including on unconventional platforms like Netflix, and there are always going to be shows and performers that won't make the cut, however deserving. But even when the Emmy voters get something right, like adding HBO's freshman hoot Silicon Valley to the best-comedy contenders, we still find ourselves griping over where they stumbled, nowhere more glaringly than in the drama-series race. (For a list of nominees in the major categories, go here.)
Emmy voting is underway! This week, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Matthew McConaughey, Bryan Cranston
Breaking Bad, True Detective, The Good Wife were among the shows that received nominations for the 30th Television Critics Association Awards.
The final season of Breaking Bad will have to defend its title as Program of the Year in an impossibly tight race against True Detective, Game of Thrones, The Good Wifeand Orange Is the New Black. Bryan Cranston, Matthew McConaughey and Julianna Margulies are nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama, alongside The Americans' Matthew Rhys and Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany.
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season finale of The Americans. Read at your own risk!]
The constant threat of being caught working as a Russian spy is nothing compared to the new challenge that Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) will face on The Americans in Season 3: The Second Generation Illegals Program.
Upon learning that fellow spies Emmett and Leanne Connors were killed by...
Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell
The Americans has been renewed for a 13-episode third season, FX announced Wednesday.
"The Americans continues be one of the best shows on television," Eric Schrier, FX president of original programming, said in a statement. "Executive Producers Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields andGraham Yost have done a wonderful job delivering two seasons, and the performances from Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich are stellar. Fans will be blown away by the rest of this season, and we can't wait to see what they come up with next year."
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys
On the back of The Americans' hair and makeup trailer door is a photo collage of the cast and crew each in the same wig. It's not Clark or John Denver or any other of Philip's (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth's (Keri Russell) follicular get-ups on the FX series — but Felicity's famous curls.
"Isn't it hilarious? I love it," Russell, the erstwhile Felicity, tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. "It's so great. I'm all about the hair!"
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So is The Americans. The spy drama has never met a wig it didn't like, outfitting Russell and Rhys in such ridiculous and fantastic espionage 'dos, ranging from dowdy to sexy, that the wigs have become the true stars of the show.
"It's really been a wild experience," Peg Schierholz, the show's hair department head, says. "Lori [Hicks, the makeup head] and I had never intended for the wigs to blow up this way. It's really amazing how much people love them. We kept getting ...
Leave it to a spy to know how to get under a rival's skin. In an upcoming and typically intense episode of FX's The Americans (Tuesday, 10/9c), a captured Mossad agent challenges Soviet mole and master of disguise Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys): "Your name isn't your name, is it? Is your face your face? Are your children your children?"
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys
After spending years in a foreign country pretending to be married in order to infiltrate the United States, only now have The American's dynamic duo Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) come to realize what they really mean to each other.
Fortunately, Elizabeth does survive her run-in with the FBI in the Season 1 finale, and the super spies will explore what it's really like to be married and actually love each other in Season 2. But they'll have other problems to contend with this year as the children become more aware of the often strange lives their parents lead.
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And let's not forget that they're still spies, so there's that little issue of the Cold War reaching a boiling point. How will they deal? To get the scoop, TVGuide.com sat down with executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, who also tease trouble in the rezidentura with the arrival of one of the Soviet Union's upper elite, Nina's (Annet Mahendru) precarious new position with Stan (Noah Emmerich) and the possibility that Elizabeth and Phillip's secret lives may not stay secret for much longer:
Sex has fueled spycraft since Delilah seduced Samson into spilling the source of his superstrength. But throw love into the mix and, well, things get murky. In Season 2 of FX's smart and sexy Reagan-era thriller The Americans, married undercover KGB agents Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) Jennings find out just how dangerous such liaisons can be.