The Americans

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The Americans Renewed for Season 3

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 WeisbergJoel Fields andGraham Yost have done a wonderful job delivering two seasons, and the performances from Keri RussellMatthew 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."

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Ask Matt: Mother Finale, More Good Wife Reaction, Americans, NCIS

Josh Radnor, Cristin Milioti

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I imagine you must be getting flooded with questions and/or ranting about the finale of How I Met Your Mother. I was among those who left the finale feeling incredibly sad, not what I expect from a show that's kept me laughing (and sometimes crying) for the last nine years, even when others were saying that the quality had declined. The thing is, when looked at objectively, I don't even have a major problem (Major Problem!) with the content of the finale. Yes, people get divorced and people die. People get remarried after both, and I've known several people in my own life who have reconnected with an old girlfriend or high-school sweetheart after the death of a spouse. It doesn't invalidate the marriage or even lessen the feelings of loss. The finale itself had great moments: the high-infinity, Marshall's "positive talk" about his corporate job, Judge Fudge, the mother's Gore/Lieberman costume, robots versus wrestlers, etc. Seeing Barney with a child was wonderful, although I did think he had grown more than immediately going back to his old ways after his divorce. And the scene on the platform was near perfection as they wove in how their almost-shared history was influencing their connection, making the whole nine-year story relevant to how he'd actually met the mother. (By the way, one more TM would be the name we've known Tracy by: The Mother.)

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Underneath the Wigs: Uncovering The Americans' Hair-Raising Disguises

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 ...
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Mega Buzz: Five-0 and Bones' Dangerous Missions and an SVU Breakup

Alex O’Loughlin, Mariska Hargitay, David Boreanaz

Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams

Would love any Hawaii Five-0 scoop you can offer. — AmyN, via Twitter
McGarrett and Catherine will head to the Middle East for an off-the-grid mission that goes awry, leaving McGarrett injured and forced to make a heartbreaking decision.

Should we be worried about Benson and Cassidy on SVU? — Raul
Yep! I'm hearing that... read more

Top Moments: Paul Rudd Is the Lip-Sync King, The Americans' Compromising Position

Paul Rudd

Our top moments of the week:

12. Worst Flameout: After weeks of training at the academy, the time finally comes for Dawson to take the final firefighters test on Chicago Fire. Although she starts out strong, helping to untangle another trainee's hose, she trips and injures her ankle. She recovers to finish the test, but a... read more

Wednesday Review: The Americans, Mixology and a New Survivor Twist

Matthew Rhys

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?"

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The Americans' Second Season Focuses on Family, Russia's Turbulent Class System

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.

The Americans Finale Postmortem: Who survived Season 1?

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: read more

Going Deep Undercover With The Americans

Keri Russell

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.

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Mega Buzz: Sexy Americans, New Grey's Drama and HIMYM's Finale

Matthew Rhys, Justin Chambers, Neil Patrick Harris

Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams.

What's the state of Phillip and Elizabeth's marriage when The Americans returns? — June
Well, I may forgo watching the premiere with my parents since it features a scene that shows some pretty intense sexual wrestling between Phillip and Elizabeth. In other words, they're doing OK. "They're ready to be married," executive producer Joel Fields tells me. "What they're going to discover is having been fake-married for a long time, real marriage is not an easy thing. When you have two kids, there's family to contend with. Add to that their work is life-and-death and the future of mankind hangs in the balance, there's a little bit of pressure for them."

It's been far too long since we got Grey's Anatomy scoop! — Tai
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FX Sets Premiere Date for The Americans Season 2

Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell

Season 2 of FX's The Americansstarring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, will premiere onWednesday, Feb. 26 at 10/9c. 

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Premiered: January 30, 2013, on FX
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: Two KGB spies pose as an American married couple living in 1980s Washington, D.C.

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