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Old 23-05-2013, 10:59
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The outstanding US spy drama The Americans begins on ITV on Saturday 1 June at 10 pm. I hope Brits who haven't already downloaded it check it out.
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Old 23-05-2013, 11:48
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Excellent show, very underrated, and I'm impressed at ITV giving it a try on the main channel.

Unfortunately I think it'll get lost in that timeslot, but I guess it's meant to compete with the BBC4 Scandi-crime and the C5 CSI/L&O slots...
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Old 23-05-2013, 12:44
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concept sounds really good. Cant believe I haven't come across this show while watching all my others from the US.

I will definitely give this show a go.
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Old 23-05-2013, 12:46
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It is definitely a good show, I hope it does well for ITV as they haven't shown US tv series for a while.
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Old 23-05-2013, 13:02
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I was trying to predict where ITV would place this, and my guess was a late Saturday slot, based on their past behaviour with US import Pushing Daises and UK/US co-production The Prisoner. Unfortunately both of those were ratings failures.

Drama on a Saturday night isnít really ITVís Ďthingí, but having said that it probably stands more chance of success in this slot that a 9pm weekday slot where the demand for ratings will be too high or a 10:30pm weekday slot where the ratings will be low already simply due to the late night slot.

My guess is that ITV are hoping for a Homeland style success story with The Americans.

Iíve only seen the pilot episode but I did enjoy it. It captured the 1980ís feel very well, it was like watching an 80ís move at some points.
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Old 23-05-2013, 13:28
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RTE2 are airing it on May 30th at 9.30pm.

Looking forward to seeing this.
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Old 23-05-2013, 14:37
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I'm not sure if i want to catch up on it or not.
I watched the first 3 episodes and found myself pretty bored of it.
Does it get better, anyone who's watched it all?
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Old 23-05-2013, 14:58
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I'm not sure if i want to catch up on it or not.
I watched the first 3 episodes and found myself pretty bored of it.
Does it get better, anyone who's watched it all?
I thought it started great and stayed at that level throughout the season. If you watched the first three episodes and didn't like it, it is simply not a show for you.
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Old 23-05-2013, 16:53
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It's a very good show, well acted and well written, it turned out to be one of my favourite shows the last few months
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Old 23-05-2013, 17:00
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It'll die a death in that slot. Why couldn't they have tried it somewhere else? Surely there's enough rubbish in their schedules they could have replaced some dire rubbish with this?
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Old 23-05-2013, 17:17
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It'll die a death in that slot. Why couldn't they have tried it somewhere else? Surely there's enough rubbish in their schedules they could have replaced some dire rubbish with this?
Has to be postwatershed and some episodes are too long to fit into an hour. Can't delay the news otherwise ofcom will go apeshit. It's simply the best bad slot they have...
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Old 23-05-2013, 18:06
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Has to be postwatershed and some episodes are too long to fit into an hour. Can't delay the news otherwise ofcom will go apeshit. It's simply the best bad slot they have...
Channel 4 aired season 2 of Homeland on Sundays at 9 pm. That occasionally went past the one-hour mark. The post-watershed type material in The Americans is tamer than what is found in Homeland, so I am not sure I see why The Americans has to start an hour later.
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Old 23-05-2013, 19:37
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Channel 4 aired season 2 of Homeland on Sundays at 9 pm. That occasionally went past the one-hour mark. The post-watershed type material in The Americans is tamer than what is found in Homeland, so I am not sure I see why The Americans has to start an hour later.
I got heavily confused for a moment there, but looking at it logically I don't know why they are starting it at 10PM. My thinking was that ITV have the news they are supposed to try and get on at 10, if they episodes run over they will have to push it back possibly annoying Ofcom.

I don't think there's anything too objectionable. In fact aside from a few scenes (the scene of bloody violence in the pilot being the primary one) I'd be happy for ITV to stick it on pre-watershed. Though it does air after family orientated shows, so maybe ITV are being extra cautious.

Maybe ITV are concerned that sticking imports on in primetime will reflect badly...
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Old 23-05-2013, 21:01
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I'm looking forward to this read good stuff about it plus I love Matthew Rhys too How many episodes are there?
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Old 23-05-2013, 21:05
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I'm looking forward to this read good stuff about it plus I love Matthew Rhys too How many episodes are there?
13 episodes in season one.
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Old 23-05-2013, 22:42
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Decent amount! Thanku
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Old 23-05-2013, 22:47
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Decent amount! Thanku
It's also already renewed for a second season, which ITV also have the rights for...
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Old 24-05-2013, 08:13
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I think comparing it to The Prisoner is unfair as that show was dreadful!
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Old 24-05-2013, 08:52
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It captured the 1980ís feel very well, it was like watching an 80ís move at some points.
I really think that's its strength - by being set in the pre-internet/mobile 'phone past, they avoid technobabble and loads of scenes of hackers at keyboards, and concentrate on "good old-fashioned" spy-story staples like bugs, disguises, stakeouts, car chases, double agents and so on. I really hope that "Homeland" fans (its natural constituency) will track it down, it deserves a decent audience...
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Old 24-05-2013, 12:35
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Channel 4 aired season 2 of Homeland on Sundays at 9 pm. That occasionally went past the one-hour mark.
You can't compare what Channel 4 do to what ITV do. Its not unusual for Channel 4 have have US imports in a prime slot, but it is unusual for ITV. And Channel 4 don't have to worry about any news being on time.
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Old 24-05-2013, 14:15
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It's also already renewed for a second season, which ITV also have the rights for...
Good I'm hoping it's good quality and successful one thing I hate is when something gets shown for one season yet never to be heard of again lol
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Old 24-05-2013, 15:41
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Donít forget ITV also broadcast the first 2 seasons of Dexter, albeit in a 10:30pm weeknight slot, and it was a ratings flop so they dropped it.

Iím not saying The Americans will fail on ITV, just that the odds arenít in its favour based on the success rate of previous US dramas on ITV in recent years.
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Old 24-05-2013, 21:36
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The Americans was recently nominated for Critics Choice Television Awards in the following categories:

Best Drama; Best Actor - Matthew Rhys; Best Actress - Kerri Russell; Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Noah Emmerich.

Winners will be announced June 10 in Beverly Hills.


For a Full List of Nominess:

http://tvline.com/2013/05/22/critics...ns-3rd-annual/
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Old 25-05-2013, 11:26
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Donít forget ITV also broadcast the first 2 seasons of Dexter, albeit in a 10:30pm weeknight slot, and it was a ratings flop so they dropped it.

Iím not saying The Americans will fail on ITV, just that the odds arenít in its favour based on the success rate of previous US dramas on ITV in recent years.
As said above ITV is the wrong channel for the show given their need for a fixed news at 10pm on weekdays.

They would never put on at 9pm weekdays as it won't get the large mainstream audience they need. Then 10.30pm is too late and would rely on people recording it, hence why Dexter failed. I never look to see what is on ITV after the news and many others are the same. Then Sunday night is family friendly crime and drama shows.

So think I agree with most of you Saturday late night once X Factor and all that type of stuff is finished is their only option.
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Old 27-05-2013, 02:07
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I'll give it a go.

ITV have really upped therir game recently and I hope this is a winner for them.
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