TURN: Washington’s Spies Begins Production on Second Season

tn-s1-caleb-abe-anna-ben-560The second season of AMC’s Revolutionary War drama TURN: Washington’s Spies began production this week in and around Richmond, Virginia, including at two historic locations in Williamsburg: Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, and the campus of the College of William & Mary.

The filming in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area will take place at the Governor’s Palace, which was the official residence for the Royal Governors of the Colony of Virginia, as well as home to two of Virginia’s post-colonial governors, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. It marks only the second time a large-scale production has been allowed to film in the historic location, which previously hosted the filming of John Adams. The scenes taking place at the College of William & Mary will be filmed in the Sir Christopher Wren Building, which is the oldest college building in the United States and the oldest of the restored public buildings in Williamsburg. Additional production locations in Virginia for the second season include Tuckahoe; the Old Town area of the city of Petersburg, which will double for New York and Philadelphia; and various historic sites and parks in Hanover County, Henrico County, and Charles City County.

TURN: Washington’s Spies stars Jamie Bell as Abraham Woodhull, a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island during the Revolutionary War 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 war in favor of the rebels. The series is based on the book Washington’s Spies, written by Alexander Rose, who joins the writing staff for season two after serving as a consultant in the first season.

“The authenticity that Virginia brings to the story we’re telling in TURN: Washington’s Spies has been an enormous part of the series,” said executive producer Barry Josephson. “We’re thrilled to be back for season two, and honored that Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William & Mary agreed to allow us access to these amazingly beautiful and magnificently preserved historical buildings.”

In addition to Bell, the series also stars 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, Samuel Roukin as Captain John Graves Simcoe, and Ian Kahn as George Washington. Joining the cast for season two are Ksenia Solo as Peggy Shippen and Owain Yeoman as Benedict Arnold.

TURN: Washington’s Spies, which attracted a passionate core audience averaging 2 million viewers a week over its first season 10-episode run, will return to AMC with 10 new episodes next spring.

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Benedict Arnold Cast for Season 2; Kesnia Solo Joins the TURN: Washington’s Spies Cast

Turn_S1_SP_106_video_325This week, TURN: Washington’s Spies casts Benedict Arnold. Plus, Ksenia Solo joins the cast as a series regular, and Craig Silverstein talks historical accuracy with TV Guide. Read on for more:

• According to The Hollywood Reporter, TURN: Washington’s Spies has cast Owain Yeoman to play Benedict Arnold in Season 2.

• Also according to The Hollywood Reporter, Ksenia Solo has joined the cast as a series regular. Solo will play Peggy Shippen, a Philadelphia urban sophisticate who navigates the complications of her family’s pro-British politics in the Patriot capital.

• Talking to TV Guide about historical accuracy in entertainment, Craig Silverstein says, “I had to go through a process by which, after studying the history, I could step away from it and invent some things.” [No link]

• The Miami Herald checks out the popularity of espionage stories in American popular culture, citing TURN: Washington’s Spies as an example.

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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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