“Halt and Catch Fire” has apparently burned bright enough with AMC to earn itself a second season, as Wednesday (Aug. 20) the network announced it has renewed the drama for Season 2.
“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,” says AMC president 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.”
The series, about the burgeoning computer industry in the early
1980s, averaged 1.3 million viewers each week. Those aren’t great
numbers, but, as Collier alludes to, both the award-winning and critically-acclaimed dramas “Mad
Men” and “Breaking Bad” also grew their audiences over time as well.
The creators add, “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
There is no word yet as to a premiere date for the second season, but if pattern holds, it will premiere in summer 2015.