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Originally published Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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Wednesday TV Picks: Season finale of ‘The Americans’ on FX

TV picks for Wednesday, May 1, 2013, include the season finale of “The Americans” on FX, “Family Tools” on ABC and “Chicago Fire” on NBC.

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‘The Americans’

This engaging drama started off kind of slow but has become another winner for the FX network. It follows two married KGB spies (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) who are posing as suburbanites in 1980s-era Washington, D.C. Russell and Rhys are playing wonderfully against type, Noah Emmerich is great as the FBI agent who just happens to live next door, and how delicious is it to see Emmy-winner Margo Martindale (“Justified”) as a Russian spy? And I haven’t even mentioned the great ’80s music and “technology.” Definitely one to check out. Season finale, 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX (seattletimes.com/tvlistings).

Also on Wednesday

“MLB Baseball,” 7 p.m. (ROOT): Baltimore Orioles at Seattle Mariners (Live).

“Arrow,” 8 p.m. (CW): Having a hard time making amends with Diggle and Tommy, Oliver decides to focus his energy on crossing another name off the list; Tommy reveals a shocking truth to Laurel.

“Family Tools,” 8:30 p.m. (ABC): Tony has a heart attack and is forced to hand the family business over to his son, Jack; while Jack’s past career efforts have not been successful, he is eager to finally step up and make his father proud.

“Chicago Fire,” 10 p.m. (NBC): Detective Voight shows up, looking to cash in the favor Dawson owes him; Casey’s social life takes on a familiar pattern; Molly prepares for the grand opening of Dawson, Herrmann and Otis’ bar; Severide faces a threat to his career.

“The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius,” 10 p.m. (Discovery): The contestants have 30 minutes to stop explosives from detonating before the two trucks carrying them hit head-on.

“Off Pitch,” 10 p.m. (VH1): Rob and Tim plan a team building day on the Mississippi; the group performs at a monster truck rally.

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