AMC announced today that it has given series orders to a pair of dramas: Halt & Catch Fire and Turn.
Set in the 1980s, Halt & Catch Fire, revolves around the rise of the personal computer and is told through the eyes of a “visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.” The show stars Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, and Mackenzie Rio Davis, and was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers. Breaking Bad’s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein serve as executive producers.
Turn, which is based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, takes place about two hundred years earlier than Halt & Catch Fire. The show unspools the tale of a New York farmer who joins up with several childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, “an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. Starring Jamie Bell, Turn was developed and written by Craig Silverstein (Nikita), and is being executive produced by Barry Josephson.
The pickups for Halt & Catch Fire and Turn mark the first time that AMC has greenlighted two scripted programs in the same production cycle. Both shows are scheduled to begin filming later this year and to debut in 2014.