AMC Orders Two New Period Dramas

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If you think that you’re upset about Breaking Bad and Mad Men ending, then try being AMC. With the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad looming ever closer and Mad Men ending in 2014, the company has already started to roll out the carpet for a pair of new series to replace the successful programs. This past weekend at the Television Critics Association press tour, AMC announced two new period dramas that are set for a 2014 debut that can hopefully fill the Heisenberg-sized hole in our hearts.

As Hollywood Reporter reports, AMC announced that they’ve ordered two new dramas that will begin production late this year, Halt & Catch Fire and Turn. Halt & Catch Fire is set in the early ‘80s and delves into the burgeoning world of computer engineering. Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, The Hobbit) stars as a brilliant computer salesman in Texas’ Silicon Prairie. Halt & Catch Fire was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers with Breaking Bad’s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein serving as executive producers.

Turn is based in the late 1770s and follows the story of a group of American spies in the Revolutionary War. Based on historian Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, the story focuses on a New York farmer named Abe Woodhull, played by Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer, Adventures of Tintin) who joins a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, a group of spies set to turn the tide of the war. Turn was written by Craig Silverstein and produced by Barry Josephson (Bones).

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