AMC Orders 'Halt and Catch Fire,' 'Turn' to Series

Philiana Ng

AMC has ordered two new drama series to its slate: Halt & Catch Fire and Turn.

The news was announced Friday afternoon at the summer Television Critics Assoc. press tour by AMC's Charlie Collier. This marks the first time the cable network has picked up more than one series in the same cycle.

Halt & Catch Fire, set in the early 1980s, revolves around the personal computing boom and is told through the eyes of a visionary and an engineer and prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas' Silicon Prairie. The effort hails from AMC Studios and Gran Via Productions. The series was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers with Breaking Bad's Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein as executive producers.

Turn, based on Alexander Rose's book Washington's Spies, hails from Nikita's Craig Silverstein and is executive produced by Barry Josephson. Set during the summer of 1778, the drama centers on a New York farmer named Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, a group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence. Also from AMC Studios, Silverstein will pen the project with Josephson exec producing via his Josephson Entertainment.

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