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AMC Unveils Trailer For New Revolutionary War Spy Drama, Turn

Submitted by on December 4, 2013 – 10:29 amNo Comment

AMC has been on top of the cable TV drama game for years. But with Breaking Bad finished and Mad Men coming to a close, the network isn’t resting on its laurels. This week, AMC debuted a trailer for Turn, its new Revolutionary War spy drama- and it has more in common with the network’s other hits than you might think.

Turn is a dramatization of the real-life Culper Ring, a network of spies operating in Long Island, Manhattan, and Connecticut from roughly 1778-1781. Gen. George Washington is believed to have ordered the recruitment of the spies himself, though for safety he did not even know many of their identities. Washington gave the responsibility to his trusted adviser Maj. Benjamin Tallmadge, who recruited two friends from his youth on Long Island: Abraham Woodhull and Robert Townsend.

The group is credited with developing ingenious techniques to pass along information about British troop movements.

Though not much is known for certain about the Culper Ring, it has already been captured in pop culture. In the comic book series Y: The Last Man, the Culper Ring is said to have continued as a secret, elite group reporting directly to the president; and it is included in the video game Assassin’s Creed.

The AMC series is developed and written by Craig Silverstein of Nikita, and stars Jamie Bell as Woodhull.

AMC has hit critical and commercial gold with dramas about men living lies, as with Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Period pieces do well too (Hell On Wheels and Mad Men). And violence never hurts (Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead). The Killing also illustrates some of these factors, though that series never thrived like others. Also, after the quick cancellation of spy drama Rubicon, AMC might be more wary of slow, dense thrillers.

What do you think of the first look at Turn?

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