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It seems Sleepy Hollow isn’t the only current series delving into the subject of spies, redcoats and Revolution. AMC released the trailer for their upcoming series Turn, which they describe as "the untold story of America’s first spy ring.” Turn will premiere on AMC in Spring of 2014. Official date has yet to be announced.
It’s really been hit or miss for AMC in terms of their original dramas. The obvious hits — Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead — seem to far surpass the misses — Rubicon, The Killing, Low Winter Sun — in ratings, critical acclaim and/or awards. Where will Turn fall? We can hope with the former group, and given the subject matter of the series, there’s certainly potential for that to happen.
Written and directed by Craig Silverstein, Turn is described as “a layered, character-driven spy thriller set during the American Revolutionary War.” The story is based on new research from the book Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose. Jamie Bell stars as Abe Woodhull, a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island, who joins his childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, “an unlikely team of secret agents who would help turn the tide of the war in favor of the Rebels."...
Their daring efforts also revolutionized the art of espionage, giving birth to modern tradecraft as we know it today, along with all of the moral complexity that entails. A vibrant story with contemporary significance, “Turn” turns history into suspenseful and resonant entertainment.
Admittedly, I don’t consider myself a huge enthusiast of Revolutionary War-set stories, but this story sounds fascinating and brimming with potential for a riveting TV series. After watching the trailer, I'm feeling optimistic about this one, but we'll have to wait and see how the premiere looks next Spring.
Here’s some additional information on the people behind this series, and who's playing who...
“Turn,” from AMC Studios, was developed and written by Craig Silverstein (“Nikita”) who also serves as series showrunner. The pilot was directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes). Barry Josephson (“Bones,” Enchanted) from Josephson Entertainment is executive producer. The series stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin) as Abraham Woodhull, Seth Numrich (“The Good Wife”) as Ben Talmadge, 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 StrangerTides) as Judge Richard Woodhull, Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises) as Major Hewlett, Angus MacFadyen (Braveheart) as Robert Rogers, JJ Field (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Major John Andre and Samuel Roukin (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) as Captain Simcoe.
We’ll be sure to update you once AMC releases an official premiere date for Turn.