January 11, 2014 9:48am PT by Philiana Ng
AMC's 'Turn' Tells Revolutionary War's Real Spy Story, Says EP
If The CW’s Reign takes creative license in its story of Mary, Queen of Scots, AMC's historical drama Turn is the opposite. Producers maintain that the series will uncover the real story of spies during the Revolutionary War.
"There's a seedy underbelly to the war," executive producer Craig Silverstein told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour. "The vibe you get is it was so pure then; how did it get so complicated now? What we're saying is no, no, no, it was complicated then."
Based on Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose, Turn tells the story of America's first spy group, the Culper Ring. Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island, bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, who help George Washington turn the tide of the war in the Rebel's favor.
The 10-episode first season, which kicks off April 6 with a 90-minute premiere, will focus mainly on the formation of the Culper Ring. And should Turn return for additional seasons (though the story is finite), Silverstein insists they have a plan: to tell of the group's "adventures, missions and the incredible tension they get into with Benedict Arnold."
Watch the trailer below.