Matthew Rhys (‘The Americans’) on upcoming season: It keeps getting ‘better and better’ [WATCH]

The cast and crew of FX’s “The Americans” celebrated the show’s fifth season premiere on Saturday, February 25, in New York City at the DGA Theater. The new season hits the airwaves March 7, and it follows a breakthrough year on the awards scene. In 2016 the Cold War spy drama earned its first Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Keri Russell) and Best Drama Actor (Matthew Rhys). A few months later Russell and Rhys were nominated for Golden Globes. And there might be more where that came from.

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“We’ve been that slow-burn show for a long time with a small audience, and we’ve kept on,” said Rhys about the show’s increasing success, both creatively and in terms of recognition, “and the writing has continued to get stronger and stronger, and the storylines are better and better.”

Rhys plays Philip Jennings, a travel agent with two kids in the suburbs of Washington DC who is really a deep-cover KGB spy named Mischa working to support the Soviet Union and undermine the United States government along with his wife Elizabeth, aka Nadezhda (Russell). At the end of the fourth season their cover was put in jeopardy when another Soviet operative was taken into FBI custody. As season five begins the Jennings continue their operations while helping their teenage daughter (Holly Taylor) come to terms with their true identities.

FX has already renewed “The Americans” for a sixth and final season to air in 2018. Are you excited for the return of the critically acclaimed spy drama? Watch our brief chat with Rhys above, and dish “The Americans” with Hollywood insiders in our forums.

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