RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The new season of the AMC hit “TURN: Washington Spies” begins Monday, and Thursday night Colonial Williamsburg celebrated its role in the historical drama series.
C.W. held a red carpet event and Season Three premiere at the Kimball Theatre.
TURN filmed several scenes in Colonial Williamsburg in November, and the grounds stand in as 18th-century Philadelphia.
Some of the site’s costumed character interpreters will also appear in the new episodes.
“When you walk in, there are these little segments of magic really in that sense,” explains Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Alex Morse, who is a principal dancer in a recreated Penn Mansion. “It looked real even to us. I’m sure on film it’s going to just really be magnificent. The decor, the hardwood floor, the fireplace. It was pretty amazing. You felt like you were there.”
Katharine Pittman was also cast as a dancer and was tapped to help actor Ian Kahn, who plays George Washington, hone his minuet skills.
“We filmed with them for an entire week,” she remembers. “They recreated the entire downstairs of Penn Mansion, and they had the ballroom and the supper room and they had the big staircase. It was just phenomenal. I’ve never been on a TV set before, so it was just amazing.”
Actor Samuel Roukin, who plays villain Capt. John Simcoe on the show, attended and spoke at the local premier.
This season TURN also shot on a Richmond soundstage and on location throughout the area. Governor Terry McAuliffe will appear in an episode set to air in June.