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A First for AMC: Cable Channel Doubles Down on New Dramas, Orders Two to Series THR

For the first time in its history, AMC has ordered two new series in one cycle, The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports. The cable channel is adding "Halt & Catch Fire" and "Turn" to its programming lineup.

AMC President Charlie Collier made the announcement this afternoon at the Television Critics Association press tour, the piece notes.

"'Halt & Catch Fire,' set in the early 1980s, revolves around the personal computing boom and is told through the eyes of a visionary and an engineer and prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time." THR reports. "Their partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas' Silicon Prairie. The effort hails from AMC Studios and Gran Via Productions. The series was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers with 'Breaking Bad's' Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein as executive producers."

The report adds: "'Turn,' based on Alexander Rose's book 'Washington's Spies,' hails from 'Nikita's' Craig Silverstein and is executive produced by Barry Josephson. Set during the summer of 1778, the drama centers on a New York farmer named Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, a group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence. Also from AMC Studios, Silverstein will pen the project with Josephson exec producing via his Josephson Entertainment."