AMC Renews ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ for Season 2

AMC has ordered a second season of drama “Halt and Catch Fire,” to air next summer.

“Halt” had been on the fence for a pickup as total viewership was modest. But AMC execs said the period drama set in the world of the 1980s computer biz  had enough of a hard-core following coupled with a generally strong reception from critics to warrant a renewal. Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Kerry Bishe and Mackenzie Davis star.

“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 AMC prexy Charlie Collier.  “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.”

With the renewal of “Halt,” AMC has re-upped both of the new dramas introduced this year. “Turn,” about a spy ring in the Revolutionary War, was given a second season order earlier this year.

“Halt” averaged 1.3 million viewers in live plus 7 ratings across its first season, and about 606,000 in adults 18-49. The show wrapped its 10-episode run on Aug. 3.

“Halt” hails from AMC Studios and Mark Johnson’s Gran Via Prods. Johnson exec produces with Gran Via’s Melissa Bernstein, LIsco, Cantwell and Rogers.

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