In a real-world twist on the premise behind the spy series “The Americans,” two new shows coming next month from A&E go inside the issue of Russian spies in the U.S.
The new specials running under the “A&E Investigates” banner are “The Plot Against America” and “The Spy Who Raised Me.” Both programs premiere June 4.
“At 8 p.m. ET/PT, A&E Investigates ‘The Plot Against America’ looks beyond the headlines and goes into the heart of our country to ask the question, is America safe?,” A&E says in an announcement released today. “Beginning in 2001, a shift in counter-intelligence spending meant that the United States took its eye off the spy game while Russia continued to dedicate vast resources to developing their army of spies. The documentary follows former FBI Special Agent Dennis Franks as he tracks down enemy ‘sleepers’ who have been strategically placed throughout America, and builds a case to expose them.”
The announcement adds: “At 10 p.m. ET/PT, ‘The Spy Who Raised Me’ follows the emotional journey of Chelsea Barsky, the U.S. born daughter of a former American-based Russian spy. Speaking with other children of spies as well as with her own father whose spying activities tore her family apart, she uncovers the effects this clandestine activity has on families and communities as a whole.”
The specials are produced for A&E by Hot Snakes Media with Eric Evangelista, Shannon Evangelista, and Dennis Franks serving as executive producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky, Sean Gottlieb and David Doss are executive producers for A&E Network.
Here’s a trailer for “The Plot Against America” …