Since the premiere of [Mad Men](series:200778) in 2007, AMC has established itself as the reigning king of high-quality drama. Their newest effort, [Turn](series:766787), which will premiere on Sunday April 6th, follows a group a pro-independence revolutionaries tasked with delivering covert messages to George Washington during the height of the Revolutionary War. This little-known group of spies, known as the Culper Ring, are the subject of Alexander Roses' book The Washington Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring, on which the series is based.
The network has always been willing to provide its audiences with a healthy serving of sex and violence, and TURN will undoubtedly be no exception, perhaps offering a fresh (and gory) look at a war whose more brutal aspects are often glossed over in the American psyche.
It's an excellent story, dripping with intrigue, betrayal and secrecy, not to mention the potential for some pretty top-notch costumes (powdered wigs, anyone?). Given AMC's almost infallible performance over the last few years, combined with a collective American love for thinly veiled patriotism, it has potential to be an overwhelming success. I, for one, am quite excited to see how this series pans out.
Check out the trailer below and see what you think:
Also be sure to take a look at TURN: Origins, a very cool prequel comic released last week on AMC's website.
What do you think? Will TURN be a welcome addition to AMC's lineup?