AMC Renews Halt and Catch Fire for Season 2

Halt and Catch Fire

AMC has decided to keep the power flowing through the system of Halt and Catch Fire for another season. The network has renewed the 1980’s computer pioneer drama for a second season, after the series just concluded its 10-episode freshman run a little over two weeks ago. Halt and Catch Fire stars Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies)Scoot McNairy (Argo), Kerry Bishe (Scrubs), and Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment).

“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,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement. “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.”

“Our series about creation, innovation and taking bold risks wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for our partners at AMC, a network known for these very things,” said Cantwell, Rogers, and Lisco together in a statement.  “Harnessing the momentum of our first season, this next chapter will take the rich characters our audience has come to love in new and surprising directions.”

While Halt and Catch Fire opened to solid reviews from critics, it never truly clicked with audiences. The series averaged around 1.2 million viewers for its first season, and only 574,000 viewers tuned in to watch the show’s first season finale. However, AMC’s Turn, which also debuted this year, similarly had low ratings but was still renewed for season two.

Both Halt and Catch Fire and Turn join an AMC lineup for 2015 which includes the debut of the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul and the final half-season of Mad Men.

Photo via AMC 

Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (chris@tvovermind.com).
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