AMC has renewed their revolutionary war spy drama Turn for a 10 episode second season.
Penned by Craig Silverstein, Turn is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who 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. The drama series is produced by AMC Studios and stars Jamie Bell, Kevin McNally, Burn Gorman, Daniel Henshall, Seth Numrich, Angus MacFadyen, JJ Feild, Meegan Warner and Heather Lind.
The first season of the period drama, from former Nikita showrunner Craig Silverstein, has been one of AMC’s few successful scripted launches of the past few years. The drama debuted in April and across its first season averaged 2 million viewers, 772K viewers in the A25-54 demo and 709K viewers in the 18-49 demo. To shore up ratings for the second season, which will premiere in Spring 2015, AMC will re-air the first season alongside new episodes of Hell On Wheels on Saturday nights this Summer.
“Craig Silverstein, Barry Josephson and a talented cast and crew delivered a truly distinctive and engaging premiere season. We look forward to continuing this revolutionary journey into season two,” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC. “AMC and its creative partners have a track record of nurturing programs we collectively believe in, patiently growing viewership and engagement over time. With ‘TURN,’ once again, we dive in with our partners to build upon this very promising first season.”
The renewal for Turn also follows on from AMC handing a second season to the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, before a single episode had aired. Both pick ups come at an important time for the network with the recent departure of legacy series Breaking Bad and with critical darling Mad Men set to conclude its run next year. In addition to Better Call Saul, AMC is also looking to another established show for their next drama entry, with the network having given the green-light to a Walking Dead spin-off, which is eyed for a 2015 launch.