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FX’s Cold War-era spy thriller “The Americans,” which premiered in January, has already been approved for a second season with 13 episodes. The show has been compared to the Showtime espionage hit “Homeland”; the Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman wrote in January that “It’s too early to really judge ‘Americans’ against ‘Homeland,’ but if the latter is getting away from what hooked you in the first place, then you might find what you’re missing on ‘Americans’.”
Indeed, “The Americans” debuted with high ratings, and although fewer people tuned in after the first few weeks, ratings company Nielsen has attributed the decline to increased viewership on DVRs.
The show stars “Felicity” actress Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys of “Brothers and Sisters,” who play KGB agents placed in America during the Cold War. The relationship between the two, who are in an arranged marriage, becomes increasingly complicated as their passion grows and the Cold War escalates. Writes Goodman: “‘Homeland’ turned out to be determined to get all the spy stuff out of the way so a love story could bloom. On ‘Americans’, the love story has a wealth of incredible emotional layers, but the emphasis always is on the spying.”
The series was created by Joe Weisberg of “Falling Skies,” a former CIA officer-turned-screenwriter and producer.
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NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.