'Halt and Catch Fire' starring Lee Pace earns a second season on AMC

By Daniel S Levine,

Halt and Catch Fire, the new AMC drama on the dawn of the computer age, has been picked up for a second season. While the show’s audience has gradually dropped off as the summer wore on AMC showed faith in the series Wednesday.

The show, which stars Lee Pace, Scott McNairy and Mackenzie Davis, started off strong with 1.6 million viewers earlier this summer. However, this month’s season finale only drew 574,000 viewers during its initial airing and just 1 million after a week of DVR viewings, notes The Hollywood Reporter. Over the course of the season, Halt averaged 1.2 million viewers, less than last summer’s Low Winter Sun, which was cancelled.

Still, as TheWrap notes, the show’s critical acclaim grew and the core audience stuck with it. That has been a recipe for success for AMC in the past with Mad Men and Breaking Bad. However, Mad Men entering its last season and Breaking Bad is over, so AMC needs Halt to work out to stay in critics’ good graces.

“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,” creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers and Jonathan Lisco said in a joint 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.”

AMC has also picked up freshman Turn for a second season and Better Call Saul starts next year.

Halt’s second season starts next summer.

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