AceShowbiz - "The Americans" is seeing its end in two years. The period drama series, which is currently in its fourth season, has been picked up for two final seasons by FX. A 13-episode fifth season will air in 2017, while a 10-episode sixth season will follow in 2018.
"It's hard to believe we're heading into the final stretch on 'The Americans', and we're so grateful to know we'll be telling the story to its conclusion," says showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg in a statement. "The best part of the last four years has been the intensive and fruitful collection with all of the people who make this show ... It's a lot of people putting their hearts and souls into 'The Americans', at this point for a lot of years. We're looking forward to the final two."
FX president of original programming Eric Schrier adds, "Through its first four seasons, critics have lauded 'The Americans' as one of the greatest shows on television, and remarkably a series that keeps getting better every year. All credit for that achievement goes yo everyone who has worked on the show, and especially Co-Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, Graham Yost, our brilliant stars %cKeri Russell%, %cMatthew Rhys%, %cNoah Emmerich%, %cAllison Wright%, %cHolly Taylor%, %cAnnet Mahendru% and the ensemble cast for their incomparable performances every season. We have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell this story to its perfect conclusion. On behalf of our producing partners at Fox 21 Television Studios and Amblin TV, we look forward to a brilliant final act of the Jennings family saga."
FOX 21 Television Studios President Bert Salke also says, "I echo the sentiments of our friends at FX in congratulating Joe, Joel and everyone at 'The Americans' on creating one of the most critically acclaimed, thought provoking and spectacularly acted television shows ever to be broadcast. It remains our privilege to partner with FX Productions on this series, and while we are already mourning the eventual end, we are grateful to FX for this generous two-season pick-up that enables the show to go out its own terms and gives the creator time to craft a final stretch as satisfying as the show itself."
"The Americans" season 4 finale is set to air on Wednesday, June 8 at 10 P.M. on FX.