The Americans Pilot Episode to Be 97 Minutes Long

THE AMERICANS FXFX has announced that the pilot episode of The Americans will be a feature-length 97 minutes, up from the typical 42-44 minute running time of a typical dramatic episode of television on basic cable. The first airing of the Keri Russell/Matthew Rhys KGB spy drama will conclude at 11:37 p.m., with the first encore airing from 11:37 p.m. to 1:14 a.m. and the second encore from 1:14 a.m. to 2:50 a.m. The premiere of FX’s latest drama, which will fill the time slot vacated by American Horror Story: Asylum, will be preceded by the 2010 Tom Cruise film Knight and Day.

The Americans follows married couple Phillip (Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Russell), who seem to have it all. They’re the young, happy couple that you see around town and simultaneously admire and envy, with their beautiful children and seemingly comfortable existence. However, they’re hiding something from everyone in their life, including their children – they’re agents for the KGB and involved in an arranged marriage. However, as they grow closer as a couple and Phillip begins to embrace America’s values, things get much more complicated and the two might begin to question their loyalty to a cause they once held near and dear.

The Americans also features Emmy winner Margo Martindale as Claudia, a fellow KGB agent who delivers assignments to Phillip and Elizabeth; Holly Taylor and Keidrich Sellati as their children Paige and Henry; Noah Emmerich as FBI Agent Stan Beeman, who lives next door to the Jennings family; and Maximiliano Hernández as Agent Chris Amador, Stan’s partner and a fellow member of the Counterintelligence division responsible for fighting foreign agents on American soil.

The Americans premieres Wednesday, January 30th. You can check out a preview for the spy drama here.

Do you typically like extended-length pilots? Will you be watching The Americans this season? Will the show be able to distinguish itself from Homeland?

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