Q: I really enjoy “The Americans.” Will it be back for another season? – Steve Carson, Fayetteville, N.C.
A: It will indeed. FX has renewed the espionage drama starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys for a third round that will consist of 13 episodes, likely starting early next year. In the meantime, Season 2 isn’t over yet, though it’s getting there; its finale will be shown May 21.
Q: When are they going to settle on a day and time for “Rake”? – Sheila Burton, Grove City, Ohio
A: “They,” as in the programming executives at Fox, have settled on it … but you won’t be happy about it: no day, no time. The Greg Kinnear-starring adaptation of an Australian show had a “soft” premiere and got softer from there, causing its move from Thursdays to Fridays. It got softer still in its ratings, so Fox ultimately played off the final episodes on a Saturday night.
Q: I’m glad to see “Mad Men” back. Why did AMC decide to break up its final season into two chunks rather than running all the episodes this year? – Brian Thomas, Buffalo
A: For one thing, the network wanted to get as much mileage as possible while it still had the show … something AMC is becoming known for (see: “Breaking Bad”). For another, it was a benefit to executive producer Matthew Weiner and the cast and crew in terms of scheduling.
We spoke with Elisabeth Moss, alias the show’s Peggy Olson, just before the drama’s April return. At that point, those involved were just going back to start filming the final set of episodes that will be shown next year.