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Keri Russell returns to TV in ‘The Diplomat’

Keri Russell (pictured in "The Americans") will star in a new Netflix political thriller.Nicole Rivelli/FX

Matthew Rhys is currently back on TV with the second season of HBO’s “Perry Mason.” Next month, his “The Americans” and real-life wife, Keri Russell, will also be back on TV. She’s starring in a new Netflix political thriller called “The Diplomat,” which will premiere on April 20.

The eight-episode first season, filmed in London and Paris, gives us Russell as the new US ambassador to the UK. In her role there, she will need to defuse international incidents and find allies in London. Meanwhile, she is working on her marriage to a fellow diplomat played by Rufus Sewell.

The show was created by writer-producer Debora Cahn, who has written for “Homeland,” “The West Wing,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” “It’s a show about a bunch of good people doing their best to keep their global and personal partnerships intact without killing each other,” she said in the Netflix publication Tudum. The cast also includes Rory Kinnear, Ali Ahn, Michael McKean, Celia Imrie, and Miguel Sandoval.

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