FX Serves Up A Cold-War Dish Of Soviet Spies Living Undercover.

By Stacey Harrison

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are Soviet spies in "The Americans" Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/FX

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are Soviet spies in “The Americans” Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/FX

There’s a temptation to look back fondly on the Cold War, if for no other reason than that the line between good and evil was clearly drawn: The U.S. hated the Soviet Union and vice versa.

But in The Americans, that line is muddled, both for the characters and the audience. The time is 1981, and Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) seem like the all-American couple, running a travel agency and raising their two children in suburban Virginia. But what their neighbors — and even their children — don’t know is that they are actually Soviet spies living deep undercover.

“You’re rooting for them and against them,” says executive producer Graham Yost. “It’s an interesting dilemma for the audience, which we find really fun and we think people will, too.”

The idea arose after news broke in 2010 about Russian spies who had been living in America for years, Yost says. Setting it back in the Reagan years allows the series to really encapsulate the era.

“It’s the last great gasp of the Cold War,” Yost says, citing the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Star Wars missile defense system and the Iran-Contra scandal. “It was just this big, heightened, crazy time and there were no cellphones. Computers were just in their infancy, so it didn’t have to be a tech-heavy world. We could go back to more Cold War spy stuff.”

The Americans premieres this Wednesday, Jan. 30 on FX Network.

FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Ends Season With Record 3.22 Million Viewers – The Hollywood Reporter

FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Ends Season With Record 3.22 Million Viewers – The Hollywood Reporter.
This is a short, but interesting article to read because of the demographic facts (18-49) and also talks about factoring in DVR viewership. Now aren’t you glad you did some reading up of that in my recent post “2012-13 DVR Hits Tipping Point” so you know the lingo?

The AHS they’re talking about is last season’s, not the one just starting.

American Horror Story – Asylum Oct. 17

Head on over to American Horror Story‘s official Facebook page for a five-minute look at the first episode airing on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Of course everyone knows by now that Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan-Tatum (The Lovers) get caught up in this season’s AHS by exploring the 12 most haunted places in the country, bringing them to the very door of Briarcliff Asylum (oops).

In a recent interview with Ellen, Adam Levine said he’s really not a big fan of “scary” things and hadn’t even seen the first season of AHS when he had agreed to do Asylum.

Go now and check out the first five minutes on the AHS Facebook page.

Also, make sure your DVR is set up correctly. Make sure you have it set to record “American Horror Story: Asylum.”

Just copy and paste the link below in your browser, or (hopefully) just click on the link below. You’ll be required to enter your birthday to watch the clip.