[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 1 finale of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. Read at your own risk.]
Things literally caught fire on Sunday's Season 1 finale of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire.
Despite the roller coaster ride that was Comdex in the penultimate episode, Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) & Co. were able to sell enough units of the Cardiff Electric Giant to earn Joe and Gordon (Scoot McNairy) an 8 percent stake in the company. But Joe, who was still smarting from seeing Apple's talking Macintosh and his breakup with Cameron (Mackenzie Davis), just couldn't leave well enough alone.
Can Halt and Catch Fire reboot AMC's drama slate?
No longer satisfied to just hawk a "faster, cheaper IBM clone," Joe...
AMC is venturing back into the 1980s with the new drama Halt and Catch Fire.
Lee Pace stars as a former IBM executive who enlists an engineer and a prodigy to create their own visionary personal computer. Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis also star in the series, which premieres on Sunday at 10/9c.
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If you tune in to AMC Sunday night at 10/9c, you'll find a period piece starring a handsome, well-dressed man who, despite having the confidence and silver tongue to sell almost anything, is running from his complicated past. And no, we're not talking about Mad Men or Don Draper.
The show in question is Halt and Catch Fire, a drama set in the "Silicon Prairie" of Dallas, Texas in 1983 that tells the story of the race to build the best personal computer. And while the surface comparisons to Mad Men may be incidental, it's no surprise that AMC would be looking to recapture some of that show's magic as the network prepares to reboot itself after saying goodbye to its cornerstone property next year.
Where does AMC go from here?
"More than anything, we talk about doing what got us to the dance," AMC president Charlie Collier told TVGuide.com back in January while speaking of upcoming projects, including Halt and Catch Fire. Added Executive Vice President of Original Programming Joel Stillerman: "Shows that just a handful of networks in the business would even entertain are much more the bread and butter of what we're doing. The game is to be eclectic by design and look for the great visionaries who we can empower to do their passion projects and big original ideas."
With Halt and Catch Fire, AMC got just that...
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.
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.