Friday, July 26, 2013

AMC Orders Dramas 'Halt & Catch Fire' & 'Turn' to Series

        Friday, July 26 - AMC has ordered drama pilots Halt & Catch and Turn to series. The news was announced at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. This marks the cable network's first pickup of more than one drama in the same production cycle.

        Set in the early 1980s, Halt & Catch Fire dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, Joe (Lee Pace); an engineer, Gordon (Scoot McNairy); and a prodigy, Cameron (Mackenzie Davis), whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. The project was written on spec by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers. Jonathan Lisco has been tapped as showrunner for the series. Additionally, Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein will executive produce. The pilot was directed by Juan José Campanella. Also starring on the series are Kerry Bishe, Toby Huss and David Wilson Barnes.
        Base on Alexander Rose's book Washington Spies, Turn - set in the summer of 1778 - tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence. The pilot was written by Craig Silverstein who executive produces with Barry Josephson. Rupert Wyatt directed the pilot. Also starring on the series are Heather Lind, Meegan Warner, Daniel Henshall, Burn Gorman, Seth Nomrich, Kevin McNally, Angus Macfadyen and J.J. Feild.
        "The simultaneous green-lights today are the first in network history and underscore AMC's growth and commitment to original scripted programming," said Joel Stillerman, AMC's EVP of original programming, production and digital content. "Each of these projects takes the audience into a unique world through compelling characters told with an original voice. We are so fortunate to be working with such exceptional talent on these series and can't wait to bring them to viewers."