AMC has released another look at upcoming period drama Turn. Based on the Alexander Rose book Washington’s Spies and executive producerd by Nikita‘s Craig Silverstein, who will also be acting as showrunner, the series follows New York farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) as he forms an elite spy ring with his childhood friends. The group, later known as The Culper Ring, is said to have turned the tide in the American Revolution. The pilot episode will be directed by Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt.
Turn comes to AMC at an interesting time, as the network is in a transitional period following the cancellation of The Killing and Low Winter Sun and the conclusion of Breaking Bad. With Mad Men edging its way out the door over the next two years, its final season broken up into intervals of seven episodes, The Walking Dead is the only veteran Sunday drama without an end date in sight, meaning that Turn could have an easier time in getting a second season renewal.
In addition to Bell, Turn is set to star Kevin McNally (Downton Abbey), Burn Gorman (Revenge), Meegan Warner (Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo), Heather Lind (Boardwalk Empire), Angus Macfadyen (Chuck), and Seth Numrich (Gravity).
The series premiere of Turn is set to air Sunday, April 6th at 9:00 on AMC. You can check out an additional teaser for the show, which is the first of two planned scripted original series debuts in the coming year for AMC (the other being tech drama Halt and Catch Fire), here.
Will you be watching Turn? Do you think the show will complement Mad Men, which will be airing at 10:00 beginning April 13th? Has the newest trailer made you more apt to give the show a chance this spring?