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FX orders 1980s-set spy drama pilot

'Americans' hails from DreamWorks TV and Fox TV Studios

FX has given a pilot order to DreamWorks TV’s “The Americans,” a drama set in the early 1980s revolving around married KGB spies living in suburban Washington, D.C.

“Americans” was created by Joe Weisberg, a former CIA staffer, who exec produces with Graham Yost, steward of FX’s “Justified,” and DreamWorks TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Pilot will be produced through Fox TV Studios and FX Prods.

Joe Weisberg has written one of the best pilot scripts we have ever read with two richly drawn and indelible characters embarking on an epically exciting, emotional, and morally complex journey,” said Nick Grad, exec veep of FX.

“Americans” details the complex marriage between Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, who work undercover for the Soviet Union during a time of heightened tensions in the Cold War, hiding their true identities even to their two children. The relationship is tested as Phillips begins to gain an affinity for the American way of life.

The idea for the series began with Falvey and Frank, who brought it to Weisberg because of his CIA background. After leaving the CIA, Weisberg penned novels, including 2008’s “An Ordinary Spy,” and transitioned into TV. He previously developed a pilot for FX, also with DreamWorks and Yost. Weisberg is also going into his second season as a staffer on DreamWorks TV’s TNT drama “Falling Skies.”

The pilot order for “Americans” comes as FX prepares for possible reshoots on another drama pilot, “Powers.”

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