'Rubicon' Set Visit: Paranoia, Espionage and Milk


How do you follow up two of the most acclaimed television series in cable history? If you're AMC, whose 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad' have both pushed the boundaries of small screen drama, you veer off into another direction entirely.


'Rubicon,' which has its two-hour premiere on August 1 (a sneak preview followed 'Breaking Bad's' season finale last month and 'Mad Men's' premiere last night), may seem familiar to anyone who's enjoyed '70s-era paranoid conspiracy thrillers à la 'The Parallax View,' or 'The Conversation.' Yet the 13-episode series -- created by Jason Horwitch ('Medical Investigation,' 'The Pentagon Papers') and starring James Badge Dale ('The Pacific,' '24') -- reflects a moody, modern, post 9/11 sensibility and, not incidentally, continues AMC's tradition of slow-building, intricately detailed story-telling.


We recently visited 'Rubicon's' main New York City set. Read what we saw and learned, after the jump ...


The set is located near the South Street Seaport, where several floors in a vintage building house the show's American Policy Institute, a political intelligence think tank. Dale plays brilliant but troubled analyst Will Travers; his co-stars include Dallas Roberts, Miranda Richardson, Christopher Evan Welch, Lauren Hodges, Jessica Collins and Arliss Howard.


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