JRNL250 Assignment #2 – Promotional Material

Note: The following Press Releases are fictional works as a part of the University Of Wollongong JRNL250 2016 Course.

FX Orders Fifth Season Of The Americans


THE AMERICANS — “The Magic of David Copperfield V. The Statue of Liberty Disappears” Episode 408 (Airs, Wednesday, May 4, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings, Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings. CR: Patrick Harbron/FX/SpoilerTV

Critically-hailed Drama starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell will return in 2017 with a 13-Episode Fifth Season.

LOS ANGELES, April 30th, 2016 – Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions Nick Grad and Eric Schrier have today announced that FX has ordered a fifth season of the award winning and critically-acclaimed drama The Americans. The series will return in 2017 with a 13-episode fifth season.

The Americans is currently the #1 ranked television series of 2016 on Metacritic, with a 95 rating and this is an improvement over last year’s season, which earned a 92 and the title of the #3 show of 2015. The series has been honored by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the Top 10 TV Programs of the Year every year since 2013 as well as receiving five Primetime Emmy Nominations across the shows first three seasons, with one win for Margo Martindale in 2015 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

The series has continued to receive critical acclaim in its fourth season, including this small sampling of press reviews:

  • “It’s long been in the top tier of TV dramas, and this year, it looks set to stay there.” (Maureen Ryan, Variety – March 15th, 2016)
  • “If the fourth season reminds viewers of anything, it’s that The Americans has a masterful control of tone, doling out horror and slow-burn dread like very few of its contemporaries.” (Vikram Murthi, The AV Club – March 14th, 2016)
  • “A television show at the very peak of its powers” (Mark Peikert, The Wrap – March 16th, 2016)
  • “A season startling in its intensity and its endless probing intelligence–not to mention the raw suspense that hangs over every moment of every scene…. There is nothing that is the equal of The Americans on TV screens now.” (Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal – March 11th, 2016)
  • The Americans is one of TV’s best drama series, if not the best, and it’s also one of the most challenging. There are details to remember, nuances to catch and morality to ponder.” (Gail Pennington, St Louis Post-Dispatch – March 16th, 2016)

The currently running fourth season has six all new episodes still to air. In the next all-new episode, ‘The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears’ (Airs May 4, 10:00pm e/p) – The Jennings’s approach their breaking points as both Philip and Elizabeth must handle loyal agents. Will they make it through with their patriotism – and sanity – intact? Written by Stephen Schiff; directed by Matthew Rhys.


Promo courtesy of FX/TV Show Promos

The fourth season will conclude with the episode ‘Persona Non Grata’ which will air on June 8th.

The Americans is a period drama set during the early 1980’s during the Cold War and is about the marriage of Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), two Soviet KGB officers who are posing as an American married couple in Washington D.C. during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. While maintaining their cover they must also ensure the wishes of the KGB are fulfilled through the maintenance of the delicate network of spies and informants the Jennings have. Their neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) is also working to serve the needs of his own government, through the mission of tracking down Russian spies living as Americans. However, he is also attempting to ensure the return of American asset Nina Krilova (Annet Mahendru) back to the United States. Tensions are also creeping up in the Jennings’ home as Phillip and Elizabeth try to fix the situation they find themselves in after their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) reveals their secret to her church pastor. Joe Weisberg is creator and Executive Producer, alongside Joel Fields, Graham Yost and Daniel Sackheim.  Amblin/DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are also Executive Producers. The Americans is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.


It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Renewed For Seasons Thirteen and Fourteen by FXX


IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA – “Chardee Macdennis 2: Electric Boogaloo” Episode 1101 (Aired, Wednesday, January 6, 10:00 pm/ep) – Pictured: (l-r) Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds, Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly, Rob McElhenney as Ronald MacDonald, Kaitlin Olson as Deandra Reynolds, Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds. CR: FXX/TVLine

Comedy Series will tie with The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet for longest running live action sitcom in Television history.

Season Twelve to premiere in January 2017 with ten all-new episodes on FXX.

LOS ANGELES, April 1st, 2016 – FXX has ordered two additional seasons of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, taking the show through to fourteen seasons. Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions Nick Grad and Eric Schrier announced the renewal today, stating that It’s Always Sunny will “go down in TV history as one of the most loved and enduring comedies.”

The additional two season order will ensure that It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia will tie with The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet as the longest running live action sitcom in television history. It’s Always Sunny has been hailed as a cult sitcom since it’s inital airing in 2005, with Jonathan Storm of the Philadelphia Inquirer calling the show “Seinfeld on crack”. The twelfth season of this long running comedy series will premiere in January 2017 with ten all-new episodes exclusively on FXX.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is a comedy series that follows the lives of “The Gang”, the owners of Paddy’s Pub in Philadelphia. Included in “The Gang” are Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVito), Charlie Kelly (Charlie Day), Ronald MacDonald (Rob McElhenney) and siblings Deandra (Katlin Olson) and Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howerton). Rob McElhenney is creator and Executive Producer, alongside Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Michael Rotenberg, David Horsnby and Matt Shakman. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment, RCG Productions and FX Productions.




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