AMC, the US home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, has ordered two new scripted series.
Halt & Catch Fire is set in the early 1980s and dramatises the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy. Their personal and professional partnerships are challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.
Produced by AMC Studios, it is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers. The pilot is directed by Juan Campanella, while Jonathan Lisco is the showrunner and Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein from Gran Via Productions are executive producers.
The cast includes Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Rio, Kerry Bishe, Toby Huss and David Wilson Barnes.
The second series, Turn, is based on Alexander Rose’s novel Washington Spies about a New York farmer who joins his friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence in 1778.
Also produced by AMC Studios, it was developed and written by Craig Silverstein, who is also showrunner. The pilot was directed by Rupert Wyatt, with Barry Josephson from Josephson Entertainment as executive producer.
Jamie Bell stars in the series alongside Kevin McNally, Burn Gorman, Daniel Henshall, Seth Numrich, Angus MacFadyen, JJ Feild, Meegan Warner and Heather Lind.
Production on both is due to begin in the fourth quarter of this year, with both expected to premiere on AMC in 2014.
AMC recently ordered a pilot of Line of Sight, coproduced by Fox Television Studios and AMC Studios from writer, creator and executive producer Blake Masters.
Meanwhile, AMC’s newest original series Low Winter Sun is due to debut next month. It comes from writer, executive producer and showrunner Chris Mundy and is coproduced by Endemol Studios and AMC Studios.
Source: AMC / Futon Critic