This Season, the Revolutionary War Will Be Televised

Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison in Sleepy Hollow Photograph by Brownie Harris/Fox Television via Everett Collection

In the hunt to replace such hits as The Walking Dead, True Blood, and Breaking Bad, TV producers have landed in an odd time slot: the 1770s. AMC has Turn, a series about a ring of Revolutionary War spies that looks compelling. Sons of Liberty is a scripted mini-series being developed for History Channel; its trailer reportedly shocked advertisers at the annual A&E upfront with a graphic portrayal of a decapitation-by-cannonball. Meanwhile, ABC, with the help of Lionsgate, is developing The Thirteen, a series which imagines America if the British had never left.

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