TCA: AMC Orders 'Halt & Catch Fire,' 'Turn' to Series

Period Dramas Focus on 1980s Computing Boom, Revolutionary War Era America

Los Angeles -- AMC has ordered two new period dramas -- Halt & Catch Fire and Turn -- to series, the first time it has picked up two scripted series at the same time, network GM Charlie Collier announced at the TCA press tour on Friday. Both are expected to premiere in 2014.

Halt & Catch Fire is set in the early 1980s against the backdrop of the personal computing boom. The series is from AMC Studios and creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rodgers. Jonathan Lisco will be the showrunner and Breaking Bad's Mark John and Melissa Bernstein will serve as executive producers.

The second series Turn is based on the book Washington Spies and set in the summer of 1778. It centers on a farmer (Jamie Bell) who forms an unlikely group of spies that help turn the tide in America's fight for independence. Craig Silverstein (Nikita) will serve as writer/showrunner with Barry Josephson on board to executive-produce the AMC Studios project.

The two dramas join AMC's recent pilot order for Line of Sight.

The network will bow drama Low Winter Sun on Aug. 11 at 10 p.m., leading out of the final-season debut of Breaking Bad.