AMC Orders Two Scripted Drama Pilots: 'Halt & Catch Fire' and 'Turn'

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November 27th, 2012

via press release:

AMC GREENLIGHTS TWO SCRIPTED DRAMA PILOTS

“Halt & Catch Fire” From AMC Studios, Created by Chris Cantwell & Chris Rodgers,

Executive Producer Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad,” Diner, Rain Man)

and Melissa Bernstein (“Breaking Bad”)

 

“Turn” From AMC Studios, Written by Craig Silverstein (“Nikita”)

Executive Producer Barry Josephson (“Bones,” Enchanted)

New York – November 27, 2012 – AMC announced today pilot orders for scripted dramas “Halt & Catch Fire” and “Turn.” Production on both is scheduled for 2013. This announcement comes on the heels of the network’s last round of pilot orders for “Low Winter Sun” and the “Untitled LaGravenese/Tony Goldwyn project,” both of which recently completed production.

 

“These additional pilot orders demonstrate AMC's investment in our original scripted programming,” said Susie Fitzgerald, AMC’s SVP of scripted development and current programming. “Both of these projects take the audience into unique worlds through compelling characters told with an original voice. We are so fortunate to be working with such exceptional talent on both of these projects.”

 

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 partnership will be 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 Rodgers. Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad,” Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (“Breaking Bad”) from Gran Via Productions serve as executive producers.

 

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, is written by showrunner Craig Silverstein (“Nikita”) and executive produced by Barry Josephson (“Bones,” Enchanted) from Josephson Entertainment.

 

AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman, Susie Fitzgerald, and Jason Fisher, SVP of production, will oversee the pilots’ development and production.

 

About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC's original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” and “Hell On Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

 

 
  • Ram510

    I’ll probably check out Turn just because its from the people who brought us Nikita. Pus it’s not on CW so it’ll probably be like Nikita but done better

  • Simon Jester

    Thank goodness they’re still looking at scripted drama — seems like they’ve been unloading a lot of crappy reality shows of late. That being said, Turn desperately needs a better title. How about… oh, I dunno… Washington’s Spies?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Turn sounds interesting. Less sure about the other one, but I’ll still probably check it out if it makes it to series.

    I do wonder what this means about the chances of Low Winter Sun and the other pilot they’re doing, though. Up to this point, AMC has given a series order to every single pilot they’ve done. Now they have four pilots; are they really going to order them all to series? I mean, Breaking Bad and Mad Men are ending relatively soon, and Hell on Wheels and The Killing are on shaky ground, so I guess it’s not impossible. I guess we’ll see.

  • Tyler

    The lack of info on Hell on Wheels is really ticking me off!

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