WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Colonial Williamsburg fans and others drawn to the dramatic conflicts that forged the nation can tune in tonight for the special two-hour season two premiere of the hit AMC show "TURN: Washington's Spies," which filmed at Virginia locations including its restored 18th-century capital, the Revolutionary City.
The historical drama drew an average of 2 million viewers per episode last year and its second season kicks off at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The show then moves to Mondays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of the season.
"We're thrilled that the Revolutionary City has a recurring role in AMC's rich telling of this story, which captures the human drama of the period," said Colonial Williamsburg president and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss. "These Americans turned their backs on a king and risked everything for a shot at self-determination. It's a story we tell here every day, and we invite the show's fans to join us and personally experience this transformation from subjects to citizens."
Season two of "TURN: Washington's Spies" is the first major production to film in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area since HBO's 2008 miniseries "John Adams," facilitated by the Commonwealth through the Virginia Film Office. Show locations in Virginia's restored colonial capital include the Governor's Palace, the Palace Green, Market Square, and the Wythe House.
Viewers can also be on the lookout for a promotional spot produced by AMC for the Virginia Tourism Corp., inviting them to visit Virginia and take their "turn" at espionage by playing Colonial Williamsburg's alternate reality game "RevQuest: The King's Advance," the latest installment in the "RevQuest: Save the Revolution!" series, via virginia.org/turn.
"RevQuest: The King's Advance" players or "questors" must navigate Williamsburg during the war's climactic year of 1781, dodging loyalists, connecting with allied agents, collecting clues and cracking ciphers to determine the whereabouts of British forces and Lord Cornwallis' intentions. The game's online component is free; its on-site component is available with tickets except for the sampler.
Viewers of "TURN: Washington's Spies" can also join the action by following @colonialwmsburg on Twitter.
Based on the book "Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring" by historian Alexander Rose, "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.
In addition to Bell, the series 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 Maj. John Andre, Samuel Roukin as Capt. John 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" is executive produced by Craig Silverstein ("Nikita") and Barry Josephson ("Bones," Enchanted"). Rose joins the writing staff for season two after serving as a consultant in the first season.
The show has filmed at other Virginia locations including the Richmond, Petersburg, Tuckahoe, at the Shirley and Scotchtown plantations and on the Historic Campus of the College of William & Mary.
Other AMC series include "Mad Men," the winner of four consecutive Emmy awards for outstanding drama series and currently in its final season, "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" and "The Walking Dead," the most-watched drama in basic-cable history.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation preserves, restores and operates Virginia's 18th-century capital of Williamsburg as a 21st-century center for history and citizenship. Innovative and interactive experiences, such as the street theater Revolutionary City® and the RevQuest: Save the Revolution!TM series of technology-assisted alternate reality games, highlight the relevance of the American Revolution to contemporary life and the importance of an informed, active citizenry. The Colonial Williamsburg experience includes more than 400 restored or reconstructed original buildings, renowned museums of decorative arts and folk art, extensive educational outreach programs for students and teachers, lodging, culinary options from historic taverns to casual or elegant dining, the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club featuring 45 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees Jones, a full-service spa and fitness center, pools, retail stores and gardens. Philanthropic support and revenue from admissions, products and hospitality operations sustain Colonial Williamsburg's educational programs and preservation initiatives.
About AMC: Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with "Mad Men," and six of the last seven with current back-to-back honoree, "Breaking Bad." The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years with "The Walking Dead." AMC's original drama series include "Mad Men," "The Walking Dead," "Better Call Saul," "Hell on Wheels," "TURN: Washington's Spies," "Halt and Catch Fire," and the forthcoming "Humans," "Making of The Mob: New York," "Fear the Walking Dead," "Into the Badlands" and "The Night Manager." AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like "Talking Dead" and "Comic Book Men." AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.
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