The Americans stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich were joined by showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields for a reunion hosted by the Paley Center for Media. The event took place in honor of the spy drama’s 10th anniversary.

During the panel conversation, Fields talked about how Hurricane Sandy had wiped out their set before they started shooting for the first season. He said that it forged a strong friendship between the writers and showrunners and made them better at working together.


Rhys was also called out for pulling a prank on the show’s writers. Fields explained the story: “Joe [Weisberg] and I walked in one day and someone had on Matthew and Keri’s pictures – they’d been defaced. There’s a devil on Matthew and a funny mustache on Keri.” They called in the staff and told them it wasn’t “professional” or “respectful” before one of the assistants finally said, “It’s Matthew.” Rhys took full credit for the joke, revealing they all had a boozy lunch beforehand.


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Rhys and Russell welcomed a son, now six years old, during the production of the TV series. The pair recently costarred in the film Cocaine Bear and are currently headlining their own TV shows – Rhys features in the HBO mystery Perry Mason while Russell is set to star in the upcoming Netflix show The Diplomat.

The Americans featured Russell and Rhys as two long-con Soviet spies pretending to be a normal suburban couple with two American children. Although it did not have a huge following during its run, the show became more popular on streaming and one of the most binged series on FX/Hulu.

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