AMC has renewed their 1980s tech drama Halt & Catch Fire for a third season, TVWise has learned. 10 episodes have been ordered for the show’s third season, which is expected to debut in 2016.
“We love what the creative team and cast have been able to deliver on ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and are particularly grateful to the critics and fans who supported the show throughout the second season and have been pulling for its renewal,” said Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and SundanceTV.
Along with the third season pick-up, there has been a change a top the production team. Jonathan Lisco is exiting as the showrunner and will be replaced by series creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, who will serve as co-showrunners for the third season.
“We’re so thankful for the talent and leadership of Jonathan Lisco over these first two seasons and glad that we are able to continue this story with co-creators and showrunners Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers at the helm”, Stillerman added. “In a world of TV series filled with scary, mythical creatures like zombies and dragons, we’re thrilled to be able to follow these characters to Silicon Valley and finally bring unicorns to television.”
Halt & Catch Fire has not been a break-out hit for AMC, with overnight ratings for the show well below one million viewers. Were this any other show, that might have spelled the end for Halt but the fact that it is produced by AMC Studios means the network sees huge upside from international sales via eOne (who sold the first window rights in the UK to Amazon) and airing the show on AMC Global.
Halt & Catch Fire is set in the 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. The second season shifted focus from building a personal computer to online gaming and communication and the early days of what would become the Internet. The AMC Studios produced drama stars Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Rio Davis, Kerry Bishe, Toby Huss and David Wilson Barnes.