Will AMC's Turn be the next great period drama on television? We can only hope. In the meantime, AMC continues to release new teasers and trailers for the series, the latest of which focuses on the element of allegiance and defiance related to the lead character, Jamie Bell's Abraham Woodhull. The trailer has Woodhull bearing true allegiance to his majesty, King George III, but pretty much everything we see amidst that oath contradicts what he's saying. And to bring the message home, amidst glimpses of angry redcoats, people sneaking around and a building on fire, are the words, "A public oath. A secret mission. Pledge Defiance." We also have the sight of Jamie Bell walking ahead of a British flag that slowly shifts to an American flag, offering one more visual of his shifting allegiance.
As the trailer indicates, Turn tells the story of America's first spy ring. Written by Craig Silverstein, based on research featured in Alexander Rose's book Washington's Spies the series is described as a layered, character-driven spy thriller that delivers the untold story of the country's first spy ring. It centers on Jamie Bell's Abraham Woodhull, a farmer living behind enemy lines in British-occupied Long Island. He joins up with some of his childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, a group of secret agents who assist George Washington on shifting the tide of the war in favor of the Rebels.
The series stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin) as Abraham Woodhull, Seth Numrich (“The Good Wife”) as Ben Tallmadge, Daniel Henshall (The Snowtown Murders) as Caleb, Heather Lind (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Anna Strong, Meegan Warner as Mary Woodhull, Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Judge Richard Woodhull, Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises) as Major Hewlett, Angus MacFadyen (Braveheart) as Robert Rogers, JJ Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Major John Andre and Samuel Roukin (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) as Captain Simcoe.
Based on all of the previews, I'm optimistic that this drama will be well worth watching when it debuts next month. The story sounds interesting and there's an element of suspense that could make for a riveting drama. Factor in the historical backdrop and the moral conflicts that likely come with espionage and there could be a great show here. Turn's 90-minute premiere is set for Sunday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. EST on AMC, taking over the spot vacated by The Walking Dead.