AMC has renewed Halt & Catch Fire for a second season, TVWise has learned.
The network has picked up a further 10 episodes of the computing boom drama. Production on the show’s second season is set to commence later this year for a summer 2015 premiere.
Halt & Catch Fire is set in the early 1980s and tells the story of the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnerships are challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.
The drama series was created by Chris Cantwell & Chris Rogers and is produced by AMC Studios. Halt & Catch Fire stars Lee Pace (Lincoln), Scoot McNairy (Argo), Mackenzie Rio Davis (Smashed), Kerry Bishe (Argo), Toby Huss (Cowboys & Aliens) and David Wilson Barnes (The Bourne Legacy).
The second season order from AMC was unexpected as Halt & Catch Fire had struggled to maintain an audience across its first season, despite receiving almost universal acclaim from critics. The series has averaged 1.3 million viewers in L7 delivery across its ten episode first season. With the renewal AMC has gone two-for two with their most recent drama launches, having previously renewed Turn for a second run. The network has also previously renewed Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul for a second season.
“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,” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC. “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.”