“We deeply believe in the potential for this series,” said AMC head of programming Joel Stillerman of “Halt and Catch Fire,” speaking at Saturday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. The show begins production for its second season next week.
The cabler will support the freshman series with full first season catch-up viewing opportunities via AMC On Demand, AMC.com and Netflix. Viewing will be available on demand and online Feb. 7 through April 7, while the Netflix option is set to launch April 8.
The network’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies” will also be available for catch-up viewing.
“The first seasons of ‘Turn’ and ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ attracted core passionate audiences that were engaged by these stories,” said AMC president Charlie Collier in a statement. “We see real opportunity to bring new viewers into both series and are so pleased to be working with our distribution partners to offer discovery and catch-up options prior to second seasons we can’t wait to share on AMC.”
Showrunner Jonathan Lisco discussed changes planned for “Halt’s” second season, which kicks off in March 1985, after a time jump, landing 14 or 15 months ahead of where the first-season finale left off.
“This season is going to be a bit more grounded and bit more contained,” Lisco said, addressing criticism that the first season was too slow. “Those time jumps will be a little bit less befuddling…we’re certainly looking at pacing for season two.”
While he’s going to try to strike a balance between drama and pacing “even more effectively this year,” he added, “AMC is one of these networks where you can burn a little more slower and I think, for good, not for evil. You can’t stop thinking about the show.”
Cast member Lee Pace — who sat on the panel with Lisco, plus actors Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishé — added, “I think our characters would find this moment in time absolutely thrilling. The amount of human expression that happens through technology is very, very exciting.”
The panel also addressed the recent Sony hack, with reporters asking the panelists who was behind the attack.
“I’m glad you asked that because I have the answer,” Lisco responded. “I just can’t share it with you.”
Joked McNairy, “I hacked Sony.”