Computer geeks rule this Sunday, as HBO's hilarious Silicon Valley wraps its first season on a triumphant high, while in the very same time period (10/9c), AMC launches the intriguing new drama Halt and Catch Fire, flashing back 30 years to the early days of the 1980s PC revolution. The best bet, as it has been throughout its eight-episode freshman run, is Silicon Valley, introducing an ensemble of such endearing quirkiness that even a decidedly low-tech soul such as myself hangs on every word as timid visionary Richard (Thomas Middleditch, a marvel of quaking anxiety) prepares to unleash the fruits of his "compression algorithm" through an upstart company named Pied Piper.
The new AMC series Halt and Catch Fire is all about the rise of the computer, so it makes sense that the network would find some tech-y way to promote it. But did anyone expect Halt and Catch Fire to make its worldwide debut on a site that specializes in animated .GIFs?
Ever since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was picked up, there's been one question on everyone's minds: How the heck is Agent Coulson still alive after being brutally stabbed through the heart in The Avengers?
Slowly, but surely, the ABC super series has unraveled that mystery. Thus far, we've learned that Coulson (Clark Gregg) was dead for several days, not a few minutes, and that Director Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) moved heaven and Earth to bring him back to life through several surgeries that also wiped his memories of the experience. More recently, Coulson discovered a secret bunker that housed half a blue alien whose blood, imbued with regenerative powers, saved Coulson's life. It was the same blood that was used to bring Skye (Chloe Bennet) back to life.
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So what the heck was that alien?
AMC's upcoming computer pioneering drama Halt and Catch Fire will premiere Sunday, June 1 at 10/9c, TVGuide.com has learned.
The 10-episode series follows an unlikely trio, played by Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis, as they try and revolutionize the idea of the personal computer. Set in the early 1980s, former IBM executive Joe McMillan (Pace) enlists an engineer Gordon Clark (McNairy) and the volatile prodigy Cameron Howe (Davis) in the hopes of forcing his company Cardiff Electric into the personal computer race.
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