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FX renews The Americans for final two seasons

That's about all that our blood pressure can take

Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) in FX's <i>The Americans</i>.
Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) in FX's The Americans.
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The Americans' showrunners will be able to finish out the series the way they want to — FX has agreed to air two more seasons of the acclaimed drama, the network announced today.

The fourth season of The Americans is currently airing on FX; the 11th of the season's 13 episodes debuts tonight. Season 5 will also feature 13 episodes, and will air next year. The sixth and final season will run for 10 episodes in 2018.

"It's hard to believe we're heading into the final stretch on The Americans, and we're so grateful to know we'll be telling the story to its conclusion," said Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, executive producers and co-showrunners on the series, in a press release.

This is a luxury that a network sometimes affords the creators of a show that's successful, whether critically or commercially (or both). HBO and The Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof agreed to produce a third season that will also be the last, and he got the same deal for Lost at ABC, which set an end date for the show three years before the finale.

"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 Eric Schrier, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. "We have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell this story to its perfect conclusion."

FX Productions, which makes The Americans in conjunction with Fox 21 Television Studios, also announced today that it has signed new overall deals with both Fields and series creator Weisberg to develop their next project at the studio.

For more on The Americans, see why we named it one of the best TV shows of 2015. If you're looking to catch up in time for the season 4 finale, which airs June 8, the first three seasons are available to stream on Amazon Prime.

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