‘The Americans’ cable series filmed in Throggs Neck

Some cast members of ‘The Americans’ wait for the director’s call ‘Action!’ in front of Modern Fruit and Vegetables as they prepare to walk along storefronts in the 3800 block of E. Tremont Avenue in the Bronx on Tuesday, November 21.
Community News Group/Bob Guiliano

A film crew shot some scenes from the TV series ‘The Americans’ on E. Tremont Avenue on Tuesday, November 21.

Several cast members were filmed walking past several store fronts, including Big Three Wine and Liquor, Richies Meat Market and Pastosa Ravioli, between Schley and Roosevelt avenues.

The producers were “looking for a certain type of look, something that can revert back to the ’70s and ’80s, which is when the show takes place,” said Bobby Jaen, president of the Throggs Neck Merchants Association.

The Americans is a 5-season TV series on FX about the marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C., during the Reagan administration.

The producers “did their due diligence and were shooting about seven or eight places in the neighborhood,” Jaen said, filming only street shots.

For its cooperation, the TNMA is receiving $1,500 in donations to charities from the show, according to Jaen.

The three donations of $500 each for charities are planned to go to one for the handicapped, one for the hungry and one to take care of children, Jaen said.

One recipient plans to take its $500 and give it to two churches in the neighborhood.

In the show, the arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but as the pressures and demands of the job grow heavier, the personal toll becomes almost too exhausting to bear, according to the show’s website: www.fxnetworks.com/shows/the-americans.

Having revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), Philip and Elizabeth’s ability to protect their cover and their family’s safety has become even more tenuous.

Even as Paige pushes her parents to bring her deeper into their confidence, Philip and Elizabeth struggle to maintain normalcy in their family, especially around their son, Henry (Keidrich Sellati).

Paige’s budding romance with Matthew, the son of their neighbor, FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), further complicates matters since Stan — Philip’s best friend — remains the greatest threat to the Jennings’ safety.

He and his partner, agent Dennis Aderholt (Brandon J. Dirden) are on the task force that seeks to uncover the Soviet illegals living among them.

After Stan’s KGB lover/asset Nina was sent back to Moscow and executed for treason, he cultivated a relationship with KGB officer Oleg Burov (Costa Ronin), who, torn between duty and conscience, shared top Soviet secret intel with Stan that allowed the FBI to avert a potentially catastrophic loss of life.

Disillusioned with the KGB, Oleg returns home to Russia, but he is finding it harder to escape his past transgressions than he had hoped.

As the Cold War rages on, paranoia on both sides reaches new heights, making Philip and Elizabeth’s work increasingly vital – and eminently more perilous.

Reach Reporter Bob Guiliano at (718) 260-4599. E-mail him at bguiliano@cnglocal.com.
The production crew prepares to film a scene from the FX TV series ‘The Americans’ in the 3800 block of E. Tremont Avenue in the Bronx on Tuesday, November 21.
Community News Group/Bob Guiliano

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