Season three of “Turn” ended June 26. The series averaged 1.2 million viewers per episode and nearly 600,000 adults 25-54 for season three.
“‘Turn: Washington’s Spies’ has always had a lofty goal – to tell the real story of the American Revolution from the ground up. To capture the truth about the choice regular people had to make to support what has become the United States of America. It frequently involved turning against friends and family, and it always involved risking everything,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “Craig Silverstein, Barry Josephson, and their incredible team introduced us to the Culper Ring who have reminded us that without human intelligence, the war may have had a very different outcome. We are excited to see this story of betrayal and rebellion, and the sacrifices therein, through to completion in a fourth season.”
“Turn” is executive produced by Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson of Josephson Entertainment, and produced by AMC Studios. The series stars Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich, Daniel Henshall, Heather Lind, Kevin R. McNally and Meegan Warner.
“I am so pleased to be able to bring the story of the Culper Ring to its epic conclusion, at the point where the revolutionary war ends and the great American experiment truly begins,” said Silverstein. “This series has been a joy to work on thanks to Barry Josephson, Alexander Rose, our sexy writing staff, brilliant crew, and dream team cast. I am also thrilled to continue to work with AMC, who had the passion and courage to put ‘Turn: Washington’s Spies’ on the air and support our effort. I eagerly look forward to our future adventures together.”
AMC was never quite able to build momentum behind “Turn,” despite attempts to reinvigorate it through marketing efforts (such as changing the title from “Turn” to “Turn: Washington’s Spies” for the second season) and storyline adjustments (the introduction of Alexander Hamilton in season three on the heels of the popular Broadway musical “Hamilton”).
“The pieces, however, never quite add up to anything with enough cohesion or narrative flow,” Former Variety critic Brian Lowry wrote of last year’s season-two premiere. “And despite unflinching bursts of violence — a throat-slitting here, a scalping there — the suspense is tempered by the setting and a realization how long the war will drag on, transforming some of the caper aspects into ‘Mission: Impossible’ (the series, not the movies) in powered wigs and red coats.”