‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Season 2: AMC Renews Lee Pace Computer Drama for 2015
Well, if the second season renewal of AMC’s ‘Turn‘ and the early season 2 order for ‘Breaking Bad‘ spinoff ‘Better Call Saul‘ have taught us anything, it’s that the network truly can’t afford anymore misfires. To wit, the critically and commercially snoozed-upon ‘Halt and Catch Fire‘ has officially been granted a second season, bringing Lee Pace’s computer revolutionary back in 2015.
For those unfamiliar, ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ stars ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ baddie Lee Pace, Marvel One-Shot star Scoot McNairy and ‘That Awkward Moment‘ star Mackenzie Davis. Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of the personal computing boom, the series was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rodgers with Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein (‘Breaking Bad’) as executive producers.
AMC proved amusingly level-headed about the surprise renewal, likening ‘Halt and Catch Fire”s low ratings to its other critical gems that needed time to build steam:
This is a show about invention, experimentation and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground — themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience. We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, betting on talent and building audience over time. We see that opportunity here and look forward to a second season of Halt and Catch Fire from creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, and showrunner Jonathan Lisco.
We only occasionally checked in on the series after its mediocre pilot, but what do you think? Was ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ truly worthy of a second season, or can AMC simply no longer afford another failure to launch? How many more ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Mad Men‘ or ‘Walking Dead‘ spinoffs can we expect at this point?