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AMC Expanding Monday Push, Sets Season 2 of ‘Turn’ For Night

AMC, looking to build off the success of its new Monday drama “Better Call Saul,” has scheduled the second season of Revolutionary War spy drama “Turn” for the night starting this spring.

Turn: Washington Spies” will make its Monday debut on April 13 with a two-hour episode at 9 p.m. and then begin airing regularly at 10 p.m. the following week.

Prior to “Better Call Saul,” AMC had scheduled its high-profile scripted programming, such as “Mad Men” and “The Walking Dead,” on Sundays. One exception is “Hell on Wheels,” which moved to Saturdays in 2013 after airing on Sundays for its first two seasons.

“Saul” wraps its 10-episode first season on April 6, making way for “Turn.”

An AMC Studios production, “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 – America’s first spy ring.

The network said season two of “Turn” moves deeper into the battles waged by soldiers and civilians alike in the pursuit of freedom, and the sacrifices they’re willing to make to secure it. As Abe becomes more committed to the Culper Ring activities, George Washington (Ian Kahn) battles both personal demons and betrayal from within his ranks that threaten not only his leadership but the fate of the revolution.

“Turn” was a modest performer for AMC in its first season on Sundays last spring, averaging 2.18 million viewers in “Live+7” averages.

“Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” set cable records with its special Sunday premiere on Feb. 8 and has been a solid performer in its two regular-timeslot outings on Monday. Its second Monday episode averaged 5.84 million viewers and 3.65 million adults 18-49, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates — up a bit in both categories vs. the previous week.

 

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