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AMC Orders Revolutionary War and ’80s Computer Dramas from ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Nikita’ Producers

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While ‘The Walking Dead‘ will shamble on for years to come and both ‘Breaking Bad‘ and ‘Mad Men‘ still have some life in them yet, ‘Hell On Wheels‘ remains halted on the tracks and it’s no secret that AMC is going to need some new buzz-worthy programming to keep its current acclaim.  Who better to come to the rescue then, than ‘Breaking Bad’s own producer Melissa Bernstein with ’80s “Silicon Prairie” drama ‘Halt & Catch Fire?’  And who needs ‘Hell On Wheels’ when you have Revolutionary War drama ‘Turn!’  Details on AMC’s latest inside!

Mega-hits like ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Mad Men’ may keep AMC the reigning cable king for now, but the network may find itself in a pickle when ‘Breaking Bad’ airs its final eight episodes, and even ‘Mad Men’ retires within the next few seasons.  Not to mention that ‘Hell On Wheels’ season 3 remains in limbo without a show-runner, so AMC has taken it upon itself to prepare some buzzy new dramas for development, with some very familiar producers.

First up is ‘Halt & Catch Fire,’ a “Silicon Prairie” drama set in the 1980s against the backdrop of the personal computing boom, created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rodgers, with Mark Johnson and ‘Breaking Bad’s Melissa Bernstein as executive producers.  According to the initial descriptions, the drama features a fictional visionary character, an engineer and a prodigy responsible for “innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.”

But that’s not all!  AMC has also put into development Revolutionary War drama ‘Turn,’ based on Alexander Rose book ‘Washington’s Spies.’  Written by show-runner Craig Silverstein (‘Nikita’) and executive produced by ‘Bones’ Barry Josephson, ‘Turn’s 1778 narrative follows New York farmer Abe Woodhull as he “bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.”

“These additional pilot orders demonstrate AMC’s investment in our original scripted programming,” says AMC senior VP of scripted development Susie Fitzgerald. “Both of these projects take the audience into unique worlds through compelling characters told with an original voice. We are so fortunate to be working with such exceptional talent on both of these projects.”

Elsewhere, AMC continues production on crime drama ‘Low Winter Sun,’ and development of Robert Kirkman comic ‘Thief of Thieves,’ ‘Area 51;’ football drama ‘The Real All Americans,’ a possible ‘Goodfellas‘ series and a diamond drama from Ridley Scott. Though not yet official, ‘The Killing‘ may return for a third season as well, partnered with Netflix.

Would you check out either ‘Halt & Catch Fire’ or ‘Turn?’  Let us know in the comments!

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