During last night’s season finale of The Walking Dead, AMC took advantage of the likely massive viewership to tout one of its new upcoming series, Halt and Catch Fire. From executive producer/showrunner Jonathan Lisco (Southland), the drama takes place in Texas in the early 1980s, during the rise of the PC era. Lee Pace leads the cast as a former IBM executive who recruits an engineer (Scoot McNairy) and a volatile prodigy (Mackenzie Davis) to help him reverse engineer the new IBM PC. It actually looks like it could be a swell companion to HBO’s new modern day comedy tech series Silicon Valley, but the period setting of Halt provides a hefty amount of promising drama to mine from the PC boom. This trailer is a brief teaser so we don’t see much, but the cast and premise certainly make this show one to check out.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out some debut images. The series also stars Kerry Bishe and Toby Huss. Halt and Catch Fire premieres on AMC Sunday, June 1st at 10pm ET/PT.
Here’s the official synopsis for Halt and Catch Fire:
“Halt and Catch Fire” is set roughly one year after IBM all but corners the market with the release of its first major product — the IBM PC. It is also the same year people realize that the IBM PC has a fatal flaw, which quickly makes personal computing anyone’s game. In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive, Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), plans to reverse-engineer the flagship product of his former employer, and he forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. MacMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), a once-great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife, Donna (Kerry Bishé), and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis), a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan’s rogue PC project. “Halt and Catch Fire” thrives on the spirit of innovation and explores what it’s like to stand at the forefront of something truly great and world-changing and work toward it, no matter the risk.