New AMC Series Orders: The Spies of George Washington and the 1980s Computer Industry
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New AMC Series Orders: The Spies of George Washington and the 1980s Computer Industry

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | November 28, 2012 | Comments ()


AMC has taken an interesting turn in the cable television wars by deciding at some point in the last few years that instead of being that random channel that has decent old movies on all the time, they would rather just try to be like HBO. Despite the success of this model for AMC, every other cable channel has descended into broadcasting reality television 24 hours each day, like a degenerate form of public access with fancy logos. Seriously, other than viewership and Hi-Def cameras, is there any difference between most anything on the History Channel these days and what you used to find at 3am on public access?

So AMC is hitting the historical fiction bandwagon now, with two new series it has picked up. One is set in the computer industry of Texas during the eighties, and is called "Halt & Catch Fire," which isn't a title that exactly screams Skynet. Plus, it sounds less interesting than the other one (entitled "Turn") which is set during the Revolutionary War and focuses on George Washington's stable of spies. The series is based on the book Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose, and I'm trying really hard to separate this in my mind from trailers for Assassin's Creed III and failing miserably. And even when I succeed, I think of that Bruce Campbell series from the nineties.

Now when I post articles like this, in which there is no television show yet to have any sort of actual picture of, I am left with the quandary of what to use as a header picture. Most normal writers just go with some famous picture of George Washington. I find that practice dull, and I value the entertainment that you derive from a picture worth looking at. So I start google image searching. Usually tacking "sexy" on to whatever the trade news topic is gets some clever results, but the results are uninspiring for Washington. Tacking on "lightsaber" is a bit better, and "dinosaur" is downright lovely. Here are your alternate header pictures for the day, each of which I am sure will be represented in a future episode of this new television show:






(source: Cinema Blend)

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  • the_wakeful

    I remember when AMC bought the rights to Red Mars a few years ago. What ever happened to that? Fuck you, AMC. Don't go breaking my heart.

  • Obst N. Gemuse

    Oh, to go back to the early 80s computer days in TX! It was all Altairs, TRS-80s, Apple IIs and homebrew stuff -- all for sale at your local ham radio store or the Texas Instruments flea market thing under the overpass near downtown Dallas! Ahhhh....

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Hip-deep in Revolutionary War era research for a project, I am intrigued by the Washington's spies premise. Gaining an adult perspective on the Revolutionary War has been entertaining, and only slightly disillusioning.

  • Tinkerville

    I'm psyched for a colonial spy movie (it's the tri-hats... they get me weak in the knees.). And since it's AMC it might just be a good one.

  • pissant

    Pfft, whatevs. Halt & Catch Fire sounds sweet. But then I'm a sucker for computer history stuff, fiction or non-fiction. I was born too late, I tells ya.

  • ed newman

    Congratulations! You chose the best header of the bunch.

    As to the series, both could be interesting but I like the computer one better. Think Mad Men with leg warmers and Members Only jackets.

  • John G.

    that picture is unrealistic. Robocop and the Kool-Aid man have been mortal enemies forever. They would never fight on the same side.

  • BlackRabbit

    "Dead or alive, you're coming with me."

    "Oh yeah!"

  • NateMan

    I would like to upvote this an infinite number of times.

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