Lee Pace Scoot McNary AMC Halt

AMC has ordered “Halt & Catch Fire” and “Turn” to series, marking the first time in the network’s history that it has ordered two scripted skeins for the same cycle.

“Catch Fire,” from “Breaking Bad” exec producer Mark Johnson, centers on the personal computer biz in the 1980s. Christopher Cantwell and Christopher Rogers penned the pilot, which stars Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy and tracks the growth of the market through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy. Jonathan Lisco (“Southland”) has been recruited as showrunner and will exec produce with Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.

“Turn” is a revolutionary war drama written by Craig Silverstein. It’s adapted from the book “Washington’s Spies” by Alexander Rose, which revolves around a group of childhood friends who form into a spy ring in 1778. Barry Josephson also exec produces.

Pickups for both shows were firmed up shortly before the cabler’s TCA session today.

More to come

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