For the first time in the network's history, AMC has greenlit two new scripted show to series. "Halt & Catch Fire" and "Turn" have both received series orders -- production on both is scheduled to start late this year, with both slated to premiere in 2014.
"The simultaneous greenlights today are the first in network history and underscore AMC's growth and commitment to original scripted programming," said AMC's Joel Stillerman in the announcement. "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."
"Halt & Catch Fire" is set in the early '80s in Texas' Silicon Prairie region, and dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations challenge the corporate behemoths of the time. The series will chart the culture of the area while exploring the way the trio's partnerships are challenged by greed and ego. It's created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers from a pilot directed by Juan Campanella ("The Secret In Their Eyes"), with Jonathan Lisco serving as showrunner. Lee Pace ("Lincoln," "Pushing Daisies") stars as Joe McMillan, Scoot McNairy ("Argo") is Gordan Clark, Mackenzie Rio Davis ("Smashed") plays Cameron Howe, Kerry Bishe ("Red State") is Donna Clark, Toby Huss ("Cowboys & Aliens") is John Bosworth and David Wilson Barnes ("The Bourne Legacy") plays Dave Butler. Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein (both of "Breaking Bad" and "Rectify") from Gran Via Productions also serve as executive producers.
"Turn" is a historical drama based on Alexander Rose's book "Washington's Spies." Set in the summer of 1778, it tells the story of a New York farmer named Abe Woodhull who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who become instrumental in the Revolutionary War. "Turn" was developed and written by Craig Silverstein ("Nikita"), who's also the showrunner, and the pilot was directed by Rupert Wyatt ("Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes"). Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot") stars as Abraham Woodhull, Kevin McNally ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") plays Judge Richard Woodhull, Burn Gorman ("The Dark Knight Rises") is Major Hewlett, Daniel Henshall ("The Snowtown Murders") is Caleb, Seth Numrich ("The Good Wife") plays Ben Talmadge, Angus MacFadyen ("Braveheart") is Robert Rogers, JJ Feild ("Captain America: The First Avenger") is Major John Andre, Meegan Warner plays Mary Woodhull and Heather Lind ("Boardwalk Empire") is Anna Strong. Barry Josephson ("Bones") from Josephson Entertainment is also an executive producer.