TURN: Washington’s Spies Q&A – Caroline Hanania (Production Designer)

TURN-Production-Designer-Caroline-Hanania-325x300Caroline Hanania, Production Designer for AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies, talks about finding authentic colonial houses and which sets were built from scratch.

Q: What is your process like for creating atmosphere on TURN: Washington’s Spies? How do you begin to set the stage for a production like this?

A: I start with the script and the story. I do a lot of research because I’m honoring a period of time when these events took place. Historically, I want to be as close to being accurate as I can. This was a time before photography, so I look at a lot of illustrations, which were sometimes done after the event. I also look at a lot of paintings of the time. I very much like [English painter William] Hogarth’s work — it reflects the looks of some of our environments, especially with reference to New York. From that, I start to think about sets and what the requirements are in terms of the action and how it takes place. You’re building up environments and towns that these characters live in that are based on real places.

Q: How has the choice of Richmond, Virginia as the filming location helped you?

A: Richmond has been amazing, because some of the houses are of the right period. Houses from colonial times actually do still exist, so we have found locations that we’ve been able to use.

Q: How many of the sets were created specifically for the show? Did you use any authentic set pieces? How hard was it to find them?

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TURN: Washington’s Spies Season 1 Soundtrack Now Available Online

TURN_soundtrack_cover-325x325The TURN: Washington’s Spies Season 1 Soundtrack is now available online. The EP features six tracks from the series’ first season, including the main title theme, “Hush.” Check out the complete list of songs, then download the soundtrack:
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Toronto Star on John Graves Simcoe; Jamie Bell in Fantastic Four Selfie

turn-109-simcoe-roukin-325This week, the Toronto Star assesses John Graves Simcoe’s place in history, while Jamie Bell poses for a selfie with his Fantastic Four cast members. Plus, Journal of the American Revolution examines how crucial it is for historical fiction to be 100 percent accurate. Read on for more:

• In celebration of Simcoe Day, the Toronto Star takes a closer look at John Graves Simcoe, observing that he “appears as a magnificent British villain” on TURN: Washington’s Spies.

• The New York Daily News features a selfie from the Fantastic Four cast, including Jamie Bell, as production on the film wrapped.

Journal of the American Revolution asks, “If Turn’s enjoyable presentation, accurate or not, provokes curiosity to know more about the people, places and events from responsible historical books, articles and documentaries, isn’t that a win-win for all?”

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TURN: Washington’s Spies Q&A – Thomas Golubic (Music Supervisor)

thomasgolubic.jpgThomas Golubic, Music Supervisor on AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies, talks about researching music from the 18th century and setting the tone for the series.

Q: How does the music help set the tone for TURN: Washington’s Spies?

A: We had an interesting opportunity with this series because we’re telling a historical story, one for which there are no recordings from this time period, so licensing was not an option. We decided to hire a composer, Marco Beltrami, who could carry the audience into the time period but still allow for a contemporary approach. Additionally, he’s from Setauket, so that was an amazing, wonderful coincidence.

Q: How do you ensure the music you select is appropriate for this type of show? Did you have to do any research on the time period beforehand?

A: Absolutely. Every project has its own challenges, but when you’re doing a period piece, it gets into a deeper level of complexity. With TURN: Washington’s Spies, a lot of our legwork was researching music of the time period, finding religious songs or sheet music or songs that slaves would sing. There were no records of these things. We worked on establishing a personality for the series as a whole that felt really unique to the story. It was also very important for us to be historically accurate — we didn’t want to have songs that were written in the 1800s when this takes place in 1776. We wanted the music to be truly representational.

Q: What are some of the most interesting things you learned in the course of your research?

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TURN: Washington’s Spies Season 1 Encores Begin This Saturday

tn-s1-caleb-abe-anna-ben-560Are you new to TURN: Washington’s Spies and curious to find out what all the fuss is about? Or perhaps you’re already a fan and would like to watch Season 1 again? Starting this weekend, AMC will begin airing encore presentations of episodes from the show’s first season on Saturday nights, following all-new episodes of Hell on Wheels at 9/8c. The encores begin this Saturday, August 2 at 10/9c with the series premiere, “Pilot,” and continue with another episode every Saturday night at 10/9c through October 4.

Want to dive deeper into the series right now? Here are five ways to catch up with TURN: Washington’s Spies online:

1. Check out the TURN: Washington’s Spies interactive character tree to see the relationships of key characters in the series.

2. Explore the TURN: Washington’s Spies interactive map to learn about the real-life locations and events seen on the series.

3. Read the TURN: Origins comic prequel for the backstory of America’s first spy ring.

4. Peruse the TURN: Washington’s Spies Spycraft Handbook to learn about spy methods used during the Revolutionary War, including ghost messages, codebooks and double agents.

5. Go behind the the scenes of the series by watching Inside TURN: Washington’s Spies videos and reading interviews with the TURN: Washington’s Spies cast.

View the full schedule for TURN: Washington’s Spies.

Craig Silverstein Discusses Season 2 With EW; TURN Renewal Good News for Richmond.com

turn-redcoats-british-press-325x200This week, Craig Silverstein discusses Season 2 with Entertainment Weekly. Plus, TURN: Washington’s Spies renewal is good news for Richmond.com. Read on for more:

Entertainment Weekly talks to Craig Silverstein, who says he’d like Season 2 to show how the Revolutionary War was part of a global war, “how the British were fighting on all fronts, and to them, the colonial rebellion was just one of the many little problems that were going on.”

Richmond.com calls TURN: Washington’s Spies‘ Season 2 renewal “very, very good news.”

• Heather Lind is set for a guest-starring role on Season 2 of FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, playing an old flame of Ichabod Crane, according to TVLine.

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PopWrapped Celebrates TURN’s Renewal; Craig Silverstein Tells Enstarz Now Abe is “All In”

Turn_S1_105_DeletedScene_video_325This week, PopWrapped celebrates TURN: Washington’s Spies renewal and calls the show “genuinely one of the best dramas on TV today,” while Craig Silverstein tells Enstarz that Abe is “all in” for Season 2. Plus, Special Cable Deals.com wants to see more of Anna Strong and Benedict Arnold in the new season. Read on for more:

PopWrapped calls TURN: Washington’s Spies “genuinely one of the best dramas on TV today” and that the tale of Abraham Woodhull “will surprise you in how exciting it really is.”

Now that TURN: Washington’s Spies has been renewed, Craig Silverstein tells Enstarz that Abe is “really kind of taking charge now, not just taking orders” in Season 2.

Special Cable Deals.com makes a list of what it wants to see in TURN: Washington’s Spies’ second season, namely an expanded role for Anna Strong, “one of the show’s most interesting characters” and an exploration of famous British spies like Benedict Arnold.

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LA Times, EW on TURN‘s Renewal; IGN Calls TURN “Compelling”

turn-major-john-andre-jj-feild-104-press-325This week, the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly cover TURN: Washington’s Spies’ renewal, while IGN deems TURN: Washington’s Spies “compelling.” Plus, JJ Feild discusses John Andre with Anatomy of a Movie. Read on for more:

The Los Angeles Times reports on TURN: Washington’s Spies’ Season 2 renewal. “AMC’s revolution will continue,” observes Entertainment Weekly. Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, TV Guide, Variety and TheWrap also reported on the renewal.

IGN, reviewing Season 1, says TURN: Washington’s Spies became a “consistently compelling drama by combining complex interpersonal relationships with cloak-and-dagger intrigue and the occasional nifty battle sequence.”

JJ Feild, talking to Anatomy of a Movie, describes John Andre as “cunning and clever and charming and mean and kind. He’s a bit of everything.”

TV Eskimo applauds TURN: Washington’s Spies because “rather than fantasizing big battles, the show focuses in on the suspense-filled nature of these spies’ lives.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says that Season 2 filming will resume again in the fall in the area.

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AMC Orders Second Season of Revolutionary War Drama TURN: Washington’s Spies

tu-s1-cast-560AMC today announced that it has ordered a second season of its Revolutionary War drama, TURN: Washington’s Spies, which attracted a passionate core audience averaging two million viewers a week over its initial 10-episode run. TURN: Washington’s Spies will return to AMC with 10 new episodes next spring. The network is also pairing encores of the entire first season of TURN: Washington’s Spies with Hell on Wheels on Saturday nights this summer to give new viewers a chance to discover and connect with the show.

“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 Charlie Collier, AMC president. “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: Washington’s Spies, once again, we dive in with our partners to build upon this very promising first season.”

Season ratings averages, live+3, across initial 10 episodes:

  • Total audience, 2 million viewers
  • Adults 25-54, 772,000 viewers
  • Adults 18-49, 709,000 viewers

On a very competitive night, the TURN: Washington’s Spies finale delivered 2.2 million viewers, live+3, including 792,000 adults 25-54 and 706,000 adults 18-49.

A character-driven drama set during the Revolutionary War, TURN: Washington’s Spies takes us behind the battlefront to a shadow war fought by everyday heroes who vowed to keep their heroics a secret. Based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s SpiesTURN: Washington’s Spies centers on Abe Woodhull, a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with a disparate group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring. Together they risked their lives and honor and turned against family and king for a fight they believed in passionately, ultimately helping George Washington turn the tide of the Revolutionary War in favor of the rebels. Their daring efforts also revolutionized the art of espionage, giving birth to modern spycraft as we know it today, along with all of the moral complexity that entails.

TURN: Washington’s Spies, from AMC Studios, is executive produced by Craig Silverstein (Nikita), who also serves as showrunner, and Barry Josephson (Bones, Enchanted) from Josephson Entertainment. The series stars Jamie Bell as Abraham Woodhull, Seth Numrich as Ben Tallmadge, Daniel Henshall as Caleb Brewster, Heather Lind as Anna Strong, Kevin R. McNally as Judge Richard Woodhull, Meegan Warner as Mary Woodhull, Burn Gorman as Major Hewlett, Angus MacFadyen as Robert Rogers, JJ Feild as Major John Andre, and Samuel Roukin as Captain SimcoeTURN: Washington’s Spies is distributed internationally by Entertainment One Television (eOne), through an exclusive multi-year output agreement.

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What’s Your Favorite Episode From Season 1 of TURN? Vote Now


Over the course of TURN: Washington’s Spies Season 1, you watched the story behind the inception of America’s first spy ring unfold. But which of the season’s ten episodes is your favorite? Was it the series premiere, “Pilot,” in which Ben recruits Abe to be a rebel spy? Was it Episode 7, “Mercy Moment Murder Measure,” in which Abe and Simcoe duel with pistols? Or perhaps it was Episode 8, “Challenge,” in which Abe and Anna infiltrate John Andre’s exclusive gentleman’s party? Check out the TURN: Washington’s Spies Episode Guide to refresh your memory, then vote for your favorite episode in AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies Season 1 Episodes Ranking List.


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