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  • Cobalt Blue
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    New show!  It’s Turn by AMC!  AMC needs a hit.. what do you think?

    Premiere: Sunday, April 6

    Summary: Based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, the historical drama series focuses on Long Island farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), who forms the first American spy ring with his friends in 1776.

    Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-q_lPaaWqU

    Metacritic: 61/100 (28 reviews)

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    Atypical
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    This doesn’t look so hot. But let’s see if Jamie Bell can carry this series on his shoulders, I guess.

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    Karl William
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    I think it has some potential. Of the reviews I’ve seen, the show has a great premise and a lot to work with, but there is some clunkiness in the storytelling. This is based of the first three episodes. Maybe the later episodes pull it together?

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    Normally, and almost , if not always, a great drama begins with a great Pilot episode, even the not so great ones have good to great Pilots, this isn’t one.

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    Could this be a contender for the main title categories?

    The opening credits sequence is fantastic.  It is a great opening credits sequence and the opening credits sequence is fun and it moves fast and it’s amusing and it’s light and then the series itself is kind of slow moving and leaden and not nearly fun enough.  Like, if the show itself matched the opening credits sequence, I think this would actually be a great show and I think there is a version of this show that could do that, but they just aren’t being that show and it’s a weird juxtaposition actually of wicked fun opening credits sequence and show that appears to have nothing to do with the wicked fun opening credits sequence.

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    It got a 0.5 rating and 2.1 million viewers or 3.0 million for the night, which is not terrible, but not good either.  As for the episode, this is the kind of show where I would keep watching if the critics told me to.  It seems to have settled at 61 on Metacritic.

    They really should have just moved things to the second episode to get it down to an hour though.  It was not quite gripping or extravagant enough to warrant a ninety-minute premiere and if it had been just an hour, AMC surely would have premiered it after the finale for The Walking Dead or at least the Mad Men premiere.  I guess AMC is done with thirteen-episode seasons: eight for Breaking Bad, sixteen for The Walking Dead, seven for Mad Men, twelve for The Killing, ten for the rest.

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    It got a 0.5 rating and 2.1 million viewers or 3.0 million for the night, which is not terrible, but not good either.  As for the episode, this is the kind of show where I would keep watching if the critics told me to.  It seems to have settled at 61 on Metacritic.

    They really should have just moved things to the second episode to get it down to an hour though.  It was not quite gripping or extravagant enough to warrant a ninety-minute premiere and if it had been just an hour, AMC surely would have premiered it after the finale for The Walking Dead or at least the Mad Men premiere.  I guess AMC is done with thirteen-episode seasons: eight for Breaking Bad, sixteen for The Walking Dead, seven for Mad Men, twelve for The Killing, ten for the rest.

    I actually think 10 episodes is a great idea for new shows and AMC could do 12 or 13 episodes for season 2. 

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    If the show can stay in 2.0 million, it will be renewed. Otherwise, it will have the same fate as of Low Winter Sun.

    And I won’t be watching this one, the synopsis is very blah, the reviews were very average and the only castmember I like is Bell. Let’s wait to see if it will turn in something worthy to watch.

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    AMC has premiered thirteen scripted series and miniseries in its history, including three that preceded Mad Men.  Eleven of them have gone on to score at least one Emmy nomination; the other two are new this season and will contend for the first time this summer.  With that incredible track record in mind, what will be the fate of Turn, AMC’s newest drama?

    Turn is set during the American Revolutionary War, which immediately gives it a leg up for the Creative Arts Emmys.  Design categories tend to favor period pieces because of the obvious craft that goes into recreating different times in history.

    Few considered Showtime’s fifteenth-century-set The Borgias to be much of an Emmy player since it was never nominated for an acting Emmy or best drama, but it racked up three wins from sixteen nominations in just three seasons on the air.  To put that into perspective, Big Love, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Heroes and House are some recent contemporary dramas that were nominated for Emmy’s top prize, but none of them amassed three wins or sixteen nominations in their first three years.  Breaking Bad is the reigning best drama, but its contemporary setting precludes it from many of the Creative Arts categories and it was nominated for the same number of Emmys as The Borgias for its first three seasons.

    The Borgias was cancelled last year, so its 2012 nominations for art direction, costumes, hairstyling, makeup, music and supporting visual effects are now up for grabs.   Additionally, fellow period/fantasy pieces Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Mad Men, which competed against The Borgias in most of its categories, are now in their fourth seasons or later.   The Emmys are guilty of nominating the same things over and over, but only to a point.   Aging series fall out of favor eventually and the Emmys find new favorites.

    Turn is coming in at the perfect time and should be able to capitalize on both the space available because of The Borgias and the maturation of most of the other competitors for it to contend in at least some of art direction, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, makeup and music, but its best bet might actually be main title design and main title theme music, as the opening credits sequence has been extensively praised by critics, especially by those who could not find much to praise about the rest of the show.

    Turn was developed by Craig Silverstein, who last developed Nikita for the CW.  That network rarely receives Emmy attention, but Nikita was nominated for sound editing twice, holding the CW’s lone Emmy torch both years that it was nominated!  Silverstein has carried over some of his Nikita sound editors to Turn, so perhaps they can repeat their nominations.

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    The show has officially been retitled “TURN: Washington’s Spies“.

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    That’s probably a good move. “Turn” was such a generic title.

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