FX delivered a bittersweet announcement Wednesday.
On the one hand, its critically acclaimed “The Americans” will be back for two seasons.
On the other hand, those will be the final two seasons.
FX confirms that it has ordered a 13-episode fifth season and a 10-episode sixth and final cycle. The fifth season will air in 2017, while the final season is scheduled for 2018.
“Through its first four seasons, critics have lauded The Americans as one of the best shows on television and, remarkably, a series that keeps getting better every year,” said FX’s Eric Schrier. “All credit for that achievement goes to everyone who has worked on the show, and especially Co-Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, Graham Yost, our brilliant stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Allison Wright, Holly Taylor, Annet Mahendru and the ensemble cast for their incomparable performances every season. We have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell this story to its perfect conclusion. On behalf of our producing partners at Fox 21 Television Studios and Amblin TV, we look forward to a brilliant final act of the Jennings family saga.”
Three episodes remain in the current fourth season.