Because of her commitment to the comedy series “The Millers” on CBS, Margo Martindale, a semi-regular in the previous seasons of “The Americans,” had to scale down her appearances in the spy series. But since her show on CBS was effectively canceled in the November 2014, producers of “The Americans” announced that the actress is set for a comeback. Read on for more about this news story.
TVLine confirms that Martindale is going to reprise her role as Claudia, the former KGB handler and supervisor of spies Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) Jennings in “The Americans.” The news comes as the show is currently airing a third of its latest season, with Gabriel (Frank Langella) taking over as handler and supervisor for Claudia.
According to the report, the producers only had to ask the actress nicely to return to the show.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled and grateful for Margo’s return as Claudia in the third season. It was an immense joy to have her in our first two seasons, so to work with her again is a wonderful stroke of good fortune,” remarked the show’s producers, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields via TVLine.
In her final scene in the second season, Claudia divulged to the couple that the center has plans of recruiting their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) into the spy program. This has been a source of tension and constant arguments between the Jennings in the third season, as they still couldn’t agree on this.
However, before Philip and Elizabeth encounters Claudia, yet again, they still have a lot of challenges ahead with Gabriel. In an interview with the LA Times, Russell said that viewers have yet to find out what kind of character Gabriel is.
“There’s something that comes up where she basically pushes back with him a bit in protection of Phillip,” relates Russell in the interview, which she says will be playing out in the ninth episode of the third season. In the last episode, Philip bursts out of Gabriel’s house after a disagreement about the center’s plans for Paige, as he’s very steadfast in his opposition regarding their daughter becoming a KGB spy.
“The Americans” Season 3 premiered on Jan. 28, 2015. Catch the show every Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. on FX.
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