TCA: AMC Orders ‘Halt & Catch Fire’ and ‘Turn’ to Series

Announces two series in same cycle for first time

For the first time, AMC has ordered two series in the same cycle: the 1980s computer drama "Halt & Catch Fire" and the Revolutionary War drama "Turn."

Set in the early 1980s, “Halt & Catch Fire” follows the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy who must deal with greed and ego in Texas' Silicon Prairie. The series was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers from a pilot directed by Juan Campanella. Jonathan Lisco will be the showrunner and "Breaking Bad" and "Rectify" veterans Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein will serve as executive producers. Lee Pace,  Joe McMillan and Scoot McNairy star.

Based on the book “Washington’s Spies,” by Alexander Rose, “Turn” begins in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull, who brings together the spies called the The Culper Ring, which turns the tide of the Revolutionary War. The series is developed and written by Craig Silverstein (“Nikita”) who also serves as showrunner. The pilot was directed by Rupert Wyatt, and Barry Josephson is executive producer. Jamie Bell, Kevin McNally and Burn Gorman star.

Both shows are from AMC Studios.

The network also recently ordered the pilot “Line of Sight,” a co-production from Fox Television Studios and AMC Studios. Next month it will premiere its newest original series, ‘Low Winter Sun,” from writer, executive producer and showrunner Chris Mundy.