AMC Renews HALT AND CATCH FIRE for Season 2

     August 20, 2014


After the season finale only accumulated 574,000 viewers, it looked as though AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire would never make it to season 2.  On top of that, the only time it broke a million viewers was season premiere night.  Otherwise, the numbers ranged from 970,000 down to a lackluster 550,000.  But, it turns out, AMC still has faith in the series because it was just renewed and will air again next summer.

For those of you who have missed out, Halt and Catch Fire picks up about a year after IBM unleashes the very first IBM personal computer.  Lee Pace leads as Joe MacMillan, an ex-IBM executive who’s determined to beat them to it, even if it means running the risk of getting into some serious trouble in the process.  Hit the jump for more on the Halt and Catch Fire season 2 renewal.

halt-and-catch-fire-season-2The show’s good, but with those ratings, the renewal is definitely a surprise.  Here’s what AMC president Charlie Collier had to say about it:

“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.”

Seems like a major risk, but as someone who’s catching up on the show now and is enjoying it quite a bit, I’ve got no problem with AMC taking their chances.  Lisco, Cantwell and Rogers had this to say about the new season:

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to continue telling this story.  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.  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.”

Speaking of those characters, the reason I’m giving the show a go at all is because of our interview with Halt and Catch Fire star, Mackenzie Davis.  I regretted not knowing much about the show when we talked and was determined to make sure that didn’t happen again.  I’m currently four episodes in and so far, it’s fantastic.  Admittedly, some of the technical details can be tough to follow, but what the show does especially well is integrate all of that BIOS, motherboard and coding talk with some very grounded and relatable personal issues, a stand out being the project’s effect on Scoot McNairy’s character’s marriage.

If you’d like to give Halt and Catch Fire a shot, all 10 episodes of season 1 are currently available on


  • Bill

    Glad to see this show renewed!

  • James VDB

    Great news!

  • Timothy Hurley

    Really glad they renewed this. The show has flaws but they can be rectified next season. The promise and potential of season one can hopefully blossom now.

  • Fiz

    Good news. The story line has had some issues, but the acting is great. Hopefully they can continue to improve.

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  • Fabdex

    Actually, it’s not set a year before IBM releases the first PC: it’s more like a year after.

  • Matthew Steele

    This is great! I’m so addicted to the show. I’ll make it a commitment to ensure their decision was worthwhile. I’ll buy the DVD’s. I’ll buy the HACF swag. I’ll get the word out to all my co-workers in the Clifton Park IT Department! Awesome!

  • Pk

    For a show with such a talented cast, it’s very bland

  • Redjester

    Considering my favorite shows always get cancelled, I’m ridiculously pumped about this, The Strain, and Masters of Sex getting renewed! Now all I need is Manhattan, Extant, and Knick to get renewed and I’ll be a happy camper.

  • 80sRobot

    This series’ writing improved greatly starting with Episode 4. And Lee Pace is great in this. I’m glad I stuck through it.

  • Hey…HEY!

    But they canceled Rubicon? What the fudge?!

    • 80sRobot

      AMC didn’t own that series. The does own HACF, which may have been a factor helping it be renewed.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Not really a risk when it’s the best written show on AMC (behind Mad Men, of course, but the distance between them is not so great as you might imagine).

  • vitextreeradar

    this is the only modern show i watch besides game of thrones and the americans. i was worried it would disappear. critics seem to be a little harsh with it. the other day i was thinking about rewatching it again but now i’ll wait till right before it starts again. it is the best show on television by bounds.

  • Tim

    I lost interest in the show when they had the homosexual scene. No thanks…

  • Evandest

    Very strange show… bad start… but episodes 8 and 9 were awesome… then the last episode is one of the worst finale in history… let’s see what will happen in season 2 but I will definitely be less patient.

  • Strong Enough

    WOW! thats great

  • Strong Enough

    WOW! thats great

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