After being overlooked for three seasons “The Americans” has finally earned the much-deserved accolade in the 68th Emmy Awards. It has been nominated for five Emmy nominations including a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.
Lead actors Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys also made it to the outstanding lead actor/actress in a drama series category for their roles as KGB agents disguised as an American couple to spy over the American government. This is also the first time that Russell and Mathews have been nominated for the Emmys.
Although “The Americans” has been snubbed at the Emmys for three consecutive seasons, Margo Martindale, who played the role of former KGB handler Claudia for Russian spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, has been on TV Academy’s radar all the time. This year Martindale bagged the Emmy Award for the category of best guest actress in a drama series for the second time.
“I’m beyond thrilled for “The Americans.” Let this be The Year Of The Americans!” Martindale gushed while accepting her Emmy. “I am so honored to be nominated with these incredible women, and I love this show.”
Show makers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields snagged the nomination for the category of outstanding writing in a drama series for the finale, “Persona Non Grata,” the IndieWire reported.
According to a report by Mental Floss, Weisberg served the Central Intelligence Agency from 1990 to 1994. He wanted to become a spy since reading John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from The Cold. However, he realised it was a mistake on the very first day.
Weisberg said that he initially wanted to set the show in the 1970s. “My initial inclination when I decided I wanted to set the pilot in the Cold War was to go ’70s, strictly because I loved the hair and the music,” Weisberg was quoted as saying by The A.V. Club. “But I started thinking about Jimmy Carter—and I love Jimmy Carter too, actually—but it was hard to think of things getting too hot and everybody wanting to kill each other too much under Jimmy Carter. Then we started thinking about Ronald Reagan, and everything immediately clicked.”