WGA Awards: ‘The Americans’ Producers on Their Long, and Extremely Victorious, Goodbye

Variety | 2/15/2019 | Michael Schneider
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A year after Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg locked the series finale of “The Americans,” the showrunners’ farewell tour comes to an end this Sunday. The FX show is among the nominees for best drama series at the Writers Guild of America Awards, which reps the last in a string of major kudos for the show.

“We’re grateful because we get to keep having reunions with these people that we love, and it has allowed us to remain in denial about the end,” Fields told Variety. “We’ve had this crazy season where we have all the benefits of enjoying ‘The Americans’ without having to go through the hard part of making another season.”

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While many retiring series sputter to the finish line, “The Americans” has enjoyed a bit of a victory lap in recent months, starting with multiple wins at the Television Critics Association Awards in August, followed by two Primetime Emmy Awards (outstanding drama writing for Fields and Weisberg, and outstanding drama lead actor for Matthew Rhys) in September.

Then came the 2019 awards season frenzy. The final season of “The Americans” earned the show its first-ever Golden Globe nomination for outstanding drama — which the show won.

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“The Americans” was also named one of the AFI Awards’ TV programs of the year (something it has won five times); named best drama series at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards; and named outstanding producer of episodic drama TV at the Producers Guild of America Awards (after its first nomination). The show’s cast also earned its first-ever SAG Awards nomination for outstanding drama ensemble.

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The accolades came after years of being snubbed by most of the major TV awards, even as critics championed the show. “Without the awards we were able to write and...
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