EXCLUSIVE: Turn co-star Angus Macfadyen is set for one of the lead roles in The Pinkertons, Canadian companies Rosetta Media and Buffalo Gal Pictures’ upcoming 22-episode action-adventure detective series that is set to premiere in first-run syndication in the U.S. this fall. It has been cleared in more than 85% of the country by Rohrs Media Group on station groups including Tribune, Weigel, Hearst, LIN, Meredith, Cox and the CW PLUS.
Drawing on the real cases of Pinkerton Detective Agency, The Pinkertons follows founder Allan Pinkerton (Macfadyen), his son, William, and America’s first female detective, Kate Warne, as they solve crimes throughout the “Wild West” of the 1860s (Pinkerton is known for revolutionizing detective work by developing use of surveillance, undercover work and the mug shot). In part because of his commitment to AMC drama Turn, on which he is a regular, Macfadyen is will be a recurring guest star on The Pinkertons, not appearing in all episodes. Turn was renewed in June for a 10-episode second season to air in the spring. Read More »
AMC today said it has ordered a second season of its Revolutionary War drama Turn, which averaged 2 million total viewers a week over its first 10-episode run and 709,000 viewers in the adults 18-49 demo. Ten new episodes are planned to air next spring. AMC also said it will pair encores of Turn with Hell On Wheels on Saturday nights this summer. The season finale of the series starring Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich, Daniel Henshall, Heather Lind, Kevin R. McNally, Meegan Warner, Burn Gorman, Angus MacFadyen, JJ Feild and Samuel Roukin drew 2.2 million total viewers June 8. Read More »
AMC’s new Revolutionary War drama series Turn received a glowing presidential endorsement tonight as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and his wife former first lady Barbara Bush hosted a private Houston, TX screening of the new show with the cast, executive producers Barry Josephson and Craig Silverstein and several AMC executives including president and general manager Charlie Collier in attendance. Turn, which debuts on Sunday, April 6 at 9pm ET, follows the story of Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a Long Island farmer who is integral in the creation of a spy ring that assists George Washington during the Revolutionary War. As the former head of the CIA, Bush was elated with Turn, exclaiming to the audience after the screening, “AMC put together a brilliant show, a fantastic cast, there’s one problem however, and that’s waiting till the next episode.” Read More »
SyFy star Emily Rose (Haven) has landed a recurring role on USA Networks‘ police drama Graceland. She’ll play Jessica Foster, the FBI’s sexy and forceful Assistant Deputy Director who’s both Mike’s (Aaron Tveit) superior and his ally (and potential love interest). Rose returns to SyFy’s Haven this Spring for its split 26-episode Season 5. She’s with Domain and Forward Entertainment.
Actress Idara Victor (Vegas) has booked a recurring role in AMC‘s new series Turn. She’ll play Abigail, a 26-year-old African American woman who was sold into the Strong household at the age of 13 and grew up alongside Anna Strong (Heather Lind), becoming her confidante and her housemaid. The period drama centered on the American Revolutionary spies known as The Culper Ring and is adapted from Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies. It premieres April 6. Victor is repped by Untitled Entertainment.
Jeff Hephner has been cast as a regular on TNT’s action-drama pilot Agent X. Penned by The Bourne Identity scribe William Blake Herron, Agent X centers on America’s first female Vice President, Natalie Maccabee (Sharon Stone). Hephner will play the role of John Case a.k.a. Agent X, a 39-year-old secret agent who’s called into action by the newly arrived VP when the daughter of the FBI Director is kidnapped. Hephner currently plays the recurring role of Jeff Clark on NBC’s Chicago Fire. His previous credits include recurring roles on TNT’s King & Maxwell, Starz’s Boss, and CW’s Hellcats. Hephner is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.
Stephen Root has signed for a recurring role on AMC’s upcoming new drama Turn, based on the book Washington Spies by Alexander Rose. Set in the summer of 1778, Turn centers on farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) 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. Root will play the eccentric and secretive Nathaniel Sackett, a civilian member of the Committee to Detect and Defeat Conspiracies, an 18th century proto-CIA. Root’s TV work includes Justified, Boardwalk Empire, King Of The Hill and Pushing Daisies. Film credits include Finding Nemo and No Country For Old Men. Root is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
Alexander Rose, whose book Washington Spies is the basis for AMC‘s new drama series Turn, said he wrote the book while mulling a different book and discovered little had been written about the spying efforts of George Washington. At the Library of Congress, he said, he discovered a “vast untapped reservoir of intelligence history that had been ignored over the last couple hundred years because, it’s face it, it’s a bit seamy, a bit underhanded.” That treasure trove included Washington’s extensive correspondence with the Culper Ring” who are the focus of the TV series. (Among the correspondence was an exchange between the ringleader Washington over expenses). “At that point I said okay this is what it’s going to be,” Rose told TV critics at Winter TV Press Tour 2014.
Set in the summer of 1778, Turn centers on farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) 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. It was written by Craig Silverstein, who exec produces with Barry Josephson.
Rose said he was attracted to the “unseen or hidden side of Washington…that’s been obscured in the last two hundred years in order to maintain some presidential dignity…He loved to spy and he was really good at it.”
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Kevin Zegers (Transamerica) is set to co-star in Fox‘s event series Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder of 11-year-old Danny that puts a small town under scrutiny. Zegers, repped by ICM Partners, Station 3 and Hansen Jacobsen, will play Owen Burke, a handsome, clever and extremely laid back young reporter on the local town newspaper. With the arrival of a big city journalist, his dormant ambitions are awakened – getting both himself and his aunt Ellie (Anna Gunn) in big trouble.
Amy Gumenick is set to recur on AMC’s upcoming period drama series Turn. Set in the summer of 1778, it centers on 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. Gumenick, repped by Seven Summits and TalentWorks, will play Philomena who is quite taken with British Spymaster John Andre (JJ Feild) and is recruited by him for some undercover work of her own.
Here’s the first trailer for AMC‘s upcoming Revolutionary War series Turn. Written by Craig Silverstein, based on the book Washington’s Spies and directed by Rupert Wyatt, Turn is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), 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. Seth Numrich, Heather Lind, Meegan Warner, Kevin McNally, Burn Gorman, Angus MacFadyen, JJ Field, and Samuel Roukin also star. Turn is slated to debut in the spring.
AMC has picked up Halt & Catch Fire and Turn in what network topper Charlie Collier said is the first time AMC has picked up two scripted series in the same cycle. Both projects hail from AMC Studios. Jonathan Lisco has been tapped as showrunner of Halt & Catch Fire. Set in the early 1980s, it dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, Joe (Lee Pace); an engineer, Gordon (Scoot McNairy); and a prodigy, Cameron (Mackenzie Davis), whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. The project was written on spec by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, who will exec produce with Lisco, Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. The pilot was directed by Juan José Campanella. Turn, based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington Spies, was written by Craig Silverstein, who exec produces with Barry Josephson. In the summer of 1778, New York farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) and some childhood friends form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. Rupert Wyatt directed the pilot. Turn and Halt & Catch Fire join recently picked-up new series Low Winter Sun. With the LaGravenese/Goldwyn project getting a series order at AMC sibling WEtv, all four AMC pilots ordered over the past year have gone to series.
British actor J.J. Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger) has been cast in AMC‘s pilot Turn. Written by Craig Silverstein based on the book Washington’s Spies and directed by Rupert Wyatt, Turn is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), 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. Feild will play Major John Andre, head of British counterintelligence in the Revolutionary War. Andre’s brand of spy craft involves turning assets through seduction, bribery, and manipulation. Feild, repped by Mosaic, UTA, Roger Charteris in the UK and attorney Steve Younger, stars opposite Keri Russell in Austenland, which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. He also stars in Not Safe For Work.
Rory Scovel (Zach Stone Is Going Be Famous) has been added to TBS‘ comedy pilot Ground Floor. Written by Bill Lawrence and Greg Malins and directed by Gail Mancuso, Ground Floor is an office take on Romeo and Juliet and centers on Harvard grad Brody (Skylar Astin), who falls hard for feisty and intelligent maintenance supervisor Jennifer (Briga Heelan), whose education ended after high school. Scovel, repped by CAA, Mosaic and Isaac Dunham, plays Harvard, who got … Read More »
Kevin McNally (Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, Downton Abbey) and Angus Macfadyen(Chuck) have been added to the cast of AMC‘s pilot Turn. Written by Craig Silverstein based on the book Washington’s Spies and directed by Rupert Wyatt, Turn is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), 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. McNally, repped by SMS Talent, plays Richard Woodhull, the local magistrate and Abe’s well-respected father. A loyalist whose allegiance is to the King, we may wonder if he is trying to stay on the side he believes will win as opposed to the side he truly believes in. Macfadyen, repped by Innovative and Kramer Management, plays Robert Rogers, a feared and admired war hero who fought alongside George Washington in the French and Indian war but has fallen from grace following a return to England where he has gambled away his fortune and lapsed into alcoholism.
EXCLUSIVE: Golden Boy co-star Stella Maeve has been cast as the lead opposite Gage Golightly in the CW pilot Company Town. Written by Sera Gamble and directed by Taylor Hackford, the CBS TV Studios project chronicles the aftermath of a scandal at a Naval base that touches the lives of both civilians and military personnel. It centers around two early twentysomething women — Krista (Golightly) and Page (Maeve) — who grew up together, were once best friends, but now are on opposite sides of the Townie/Military divide. For Maeve, the casting is in second position to Golden Boy, which airs on CW sibling CBS. In addition to her supporting role on the CBS drama, produced by Warner Bros, Maeve, repped by Abrams Artist, Principato Young and attorney Lev Ginsburg, did an arc on Grey’s Anatomy. Read More »
In his first major TV gig, Jamie Bell (The Adventures Of Tintin) is set to star in AMC‘s period drama pilot Turn, written by Craig Silverstein and directed by Rupert Wyatt. Based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, Turn is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull (Bell), 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. A husband and father to a young son, Abe is a hardworking cabbage farmer intent on paying back any debts. He smuggles his cabbage crop on the black market, where he is captured by Colonials and then pressed into spying for the Patriot cause.
UPDATED: Ernie Hudson is in negotiations to co-star in ABC‘s drama pilot Reckless. Written/exec produced by Chris Black and directed/exec produced by Martin Campbell, the thriller centers on a resourceful problem solver who, when his wife is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resorts to entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes in order to get her out. Hudson, repped by repped by The Marshak/Zachary Co. and Buchwald/Fortitude, will play a world-weary experienced CIA analyst who is being put out to pasture. He recurred on another ABC drama, Last Resort, this season.
Seth Numrich is in negotiations and British actor Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises) is set for AMC‘s period drama pilot Turn, written by Craig Silverstein and directed by Rupert Wyatt. Based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, 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. Gorman, repped by Management 360 and UK’s Independent Talent, will play Major Hewlett, a British Major, assigned to the Colonies. He will next be seen in Pacific Rim. Numrich, repped by Innovative and Principal Entertainment, will play Benjamin Talmadge, an outspoken, impassioned young man who is running reconnaissance missions for General Washington. He played the lead in Broadway’s War Horse. Read More »
AMC is ramping up scripted development with pilot orders to two period dramas: Turn, from Nikita creator/executive producer Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson, and Halt & Catch Fire, from Breaking Bad executive producer Mark Johnson. The cable network already ordered two scripted pilots this year — Low Winter Sun and the untitled Richard LaGravenese/Tony Goldwyn project, marking the first time AMC had picked up two pilots at the same time. Now the network has greenlighted a whopping four pilots in the same year — that is almost as many AMC ordered in the five years it has been in the original programming business. Filming on Turn and Halt & Catch Fire is slated for next year, while Low Winter Sun and the LaGravenese/Goldwyn project recently completed production. I hear AMC brass won’t wait for Halt & Catch Fire and Turn to be done before making pickup decisions on the other two pilots. Halt & Catch Fire and Turn were among half a dozen scripts that participated in AMC’s pilot script showcase in April, along with Low Winter Sun and the LaGravenese/Goldwyn project, which got the nod. Turn and Halt & Catch Fire were kept in consideration, and are now joining the other two as pilots. Read More »