AMC announced on Friday series orders for the scripted dramas HALT & CATCH FIRE and TURN. This is the first time the network has ordered two scripted series concurrently. Production on each is scheduled for 4th quarter 2013 with both expected to premiere on AMC in 2014.
"The simultaneous greenlights 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."
Set in the early 1980s, HALT & CATCH FIRE dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnerships are challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas' Silicon Prairie.
From AMC Studios, HALT & CATCH FIRE is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers from a pilot directed by Juan Campanella. Jonathan Lisco has joined the series as showrunner and Mark Johnson (BREAKING BAD) and Melissa Bernsteinfrom Gran Via Productions also serve as executive producers.
The series stars Lee Pace (PUSHING DAISIES) as Joe McMillan, Scoot McNairy (Argo) as Gordan Clark, Mackenzie Rio Davis as Cameron Howe, Kerry Bishe as Donna Clark, Toby Huss as John Bosworth and David Wilson Barnes as Dave Butler.
Based on the book "Washington's Spies," written by Alexander Rose, TURN is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, 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.
TURN, also from AMC Studios, was developed and written by Craig Silverstein (NIKITA) who also serves as series showrunner. The pilot was directed by Rupert Wyatt. Barry Josephson from Josephson Entertainment is executive producer.
The series stars Jamie Bell as Abraham Woodhull, Kevin McNally as Judge Richard Woodhull, Burn Gorman as Major Hewlett, Daniel Henshall as Caleb, Seth Numrich as Ben Talmadge, Angus MacFadyen as Robert Rogers, JJ Feild as Major John Andre, Meegan Warner as Mary Woodhull and Heather Lind as Anna Strong.
The announcement comes on the heels of the network's recent pilot order for LINE OF SIGHT, a co-production from Fox Television Studios (FTVS) and AMC Studios from writer, creator and executive producer Blake Masters. This August, AMC premieres its newest original series, LOW WINTER SUN, from writer, executive producer and showrunner Chris Mundy, a co-production from Endemol Studios and AMC Studios.
AMC's Stillerman, Susie Fitzgerald, SVP of scripted development and current programming and Jason Fisher, SVP of production, will oversee the pilots' development and production.