FX is launching its own drama about spies on U.S. soil

By Lynette Rice
Updated October 19, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

In the wake of Showtime’s success with Homeland — which recently won Emmys for best drama, best actress for Claire Danes, and best actor for Damian Lewis — FX is launching its own drama, debuting in January, about spies on U.S. soil. The Americans stars Keri Russell (Felicity, Mission: Impossible III) and Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) as a pair of Soviet embeds living in Falls Church, Va., with their two children in 1981. ”They seem to be the perfect American couple,” says creator and exec producer Joe Weisberg, who actually worked as a CIA agent for three years before becoming a writer on shows like Damages and Falling Skies. ”There is no way anyone remotely suspects they are KGB spies. They work as American travel agents.” And though his characters are based on a very real threat, Weisberg hopes viewers will end up sympathizing with the couple as they attempt to raise a family while living an untenable double life. ”Hopefully you’re going to really like them — so much that you lose sight of the fact that they are the enemy.”