Joe Weisberg, who worked for more than three years at the CIA, first wrote a script about two CIA case officers stationed in Bulgaria. Fox bought that script,...
On an historical note, the KGB was never very successful in infiltrating Soviet nationals into the U.S. as "illegals" or "non-official cover" (NOC) agents. it was much easier--and more effective--to seduce or subvert U.S. citizens to work on behalf of the USSR. All of the great Soviet spies of the Cold War era were U.S. citizens, not Soviet citizens acting as "sleepers".
In August, Rupert Murdoch's FX picked up a Cold War series set in the 1980s titled "The Americans." Liberals might have braced themselves for the worst. It sounded like some kind of Chuck Norris-style "jingoistic" homage to freedom-loving intelligence agents. But this is Hollywood, so the show instead focuses on KGB spies who speak perfect English, working to destroy Reagan-era America, which is not altogether a bad thing to people in Hollywood.
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