What if the Nazis had won World War II? What if the Soviets had won the Cold War? What if America had lost the space race? Historical what-ifs have long been a popular topic in the world of film, but remain largely untested territory in the world of TV. While science fiction programs ('The Twilight Zone,' 'Quantum Leap,' 'Sliders', etc.) have occasionally dabbled in the world of alternate history, very few serialized drama series have tackled the subject. ABC will soon add a name to that short list, as the alphabet network is developing a present-day set drama series that takes place in a world where America lost the Revolutionary War to the British.
As first reported by Deadline, 'The Thirteen' is set (you guessed it) in the original thirteen American colonies. In this universe, while colonists lost their initial battle for independence, the quest to escape from under the thumb of British rule still continues. If you're unaware of the details of the actual Revolutionary War, well I don't know what to tell you, other than you're probably not old enough to be reading this website. The project itself is being guided by producer Allison Shearmur, who already sold an 'American Psycho' sequel series to FX earlier this week. The pilot for 'The Thirteen' will be penned by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller, screenwriters of the upcoming Nicolas Cage film 'Tokarev.'
What do you think the world would look like, if Britain had quashed the American Revolution?