June 23, 2014 11:14am PT by Michael O'Connell
AMC Renews 'Turn' for a Second Season
AMC is sticking with Turn.
The Revolutionary War drama, one of the cable network's two scripted debuts this year, has been renewed for a sophomore season.
Turn's addition to the 2015 schedule, where it will again air 10 episodes, comes just a few days after the network gave an early renewal to Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. That drama will now debut in 2015 as well.
Turn hasn't exactly lit up the ratings charts, but it has been a very consistent performer for AMC as its roster of originals shrinks. Breaking Bad wrapped last year, and Mad Men comes to a close in 2015 with just seven more episodes left to air. The first season of Turn averaged 2 million viewers an episode.
"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 AMC president Charlie Collier. "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."
Turn's performance wouldn't have necessarily guaranteed a renewal in years past, but AMC's smaller stable hardly makes it a surprise. The only other scripted series on the network with an unknown future at the moment is recent debut Halt and Catch Fire. Just four weeks in, the ratings have been relatively anemic after 1.2 million tuned into the premiere, but a decision is likely a ways off.
Based on Alexander Rose's book Washington's Spies, Turn, from Nikita's Silverstein, is executive produced by Josephson. It's set during the summer of 1778, and centers on a New York farmer (Jamie Bell) who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, a network of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence. AMC Studios produces.