This week, viewers can catch Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis in some new movies, while Halt and Catch Fire is TBI‘s show of the week. Plus, Indiewire calls Halt a highlight of television this summer. Read on for more:
• Variety reports that Scoot McNairy has been cast in Our Brand is Crisis, a film starring Sandra Bullock.
• TheWrap, asserting that Mackenzie Davis “has caught fire thanks to her performance as computer whiz Cameron Howe,” reports the actress is starring in Sophia Takal’s Always Shine, is also currently filming Anna Axster’s A Country Called Home, and is up for a role in a Ridley Scott movie.
• TBI spotlights Halt and Catch Fire as the show of the week, declaring, “Amid a glut of procedurals and a resurgence of period drama on TV, Halt & Catch Fire has trodden new drama ground.”
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• Co-executive producer Christopher Cantwell tells TV Guide that Lee Pace’s Joe will remain Halt and Catch Fire‘s central character, saying, “Joe for us has always been the reason that we’re here. He is the catalyst that enters everybody’s life.”
• Las Vegas Weekly is impressed with how the “brilliant” Halt and Catch Fire depicted the Comdex convention in Las Vegas in the penultimate episode, and was happily surprised that the drama “opted not to use Vegas (solely) for its stereotypes.”
• Highbrow Magazine, examining the depiction of working women on TV, observes that Halt and Catch Fire “brings us two characters you don’t quite often see on the small screen: The idealistic, antisocial punk programmer Cameron Howe, and middle-class wife and mother Donna Clark, who is an engineer like her husband Gordon.” The article goes into depth about Cameron as a “never before seen character on television.”
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• Indiewire describes Halt and Catch Fire as “the best show on TV that you’re not watching yet.”
• CarterMatt.com documents Lee Pace’s Twitter reaction to Halt and Catch Fire‘s renewal.
Continue reading “More Halt Renewal News; Indiewire Calls Halt the Best Show You’re Not Watching Yet” »
• Entertainment Weekly reports that Halt and Catch Fire has won a Season 2 renewal, returning next summer for 10 episodes.
• The Salt Lake Tribune talks to Mackenzie Davis, saying she “has been everywhere and all at once” in 2014.
• Mackenzie Davis tells Paste that Halt and Catch Fire had “just the best cast and crew, and everything I could have wanted. Everyone on that show is just so, so talented. They’re the loveliest people on the planet.”
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AMC today announced that it had ordered a second season of the drama Halt and Catch Fire, a show that attracted a committed core audience and notable critical acclaim across its initial season. The show will return to AMC next summer.
“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,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “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.”
“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,” Lisco, Cantwell and Rogers said. “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.”
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• Variety reports that Kerry Bishé will co-star with Dan Stevens in an indie drama called The Ticket.
• According to Deadline, Lee Pace will star in Prisoner of War, a sci-fi thriller.
• IGN‘s Season 1 review describes Halt and Catch Fire as “one of the best things on TV this year.”
Continue reading “Lee Pace, Kerry Bishé Nab Movie Roles; IGN Touts Halt” »
Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – Christopher Cantwell & Christopher C. Rogers (Creators, Co-Executive Producers and Writers)
Christopher Cantwell and Christoper C. Rogers, creators, co-executive producers and writers of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, talk about their inspiration for the series and why Lee Pace is the perfect Joe MacMillan.
Q: How long have you two been writing partners?
CR: Chris and I met when we were working together in social media. We were working together for about a year before we went out for beers and realized we were both dream-deferred writers and saw a chance to make a run at this.
Q: What inspired the creation of this show? Why did you want to tell this story?
CC: My father was in the computer field in the early ‘80s. He actually moved my family down from Chicago to Texas when I was six weeks old or so and took a job in system software. I saw his story and his experiences on a day-to-day basis with his job, and Chris and I were trying to figure out what to write next. We talked about the different relationships [my Dad] had with these brass knuckle bosses, like John Bosworth, and sales engineers he’d partner with like Gordon Clark. That informed some of the relationships [on the show] and gave us a depth of the world. From there, Chris and I started to research what was going on in computers in general at the time in Texas and we stumbled upon this reverse engineering story. We thought this would be a story people didn’t know and an interesting way into the world that we’re all familiar with.
Q: Chris Cantwell, how did you pull from your own personal experience when working on this show? Continue reading “Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – Christopher Cantwell & Christopher C. Rogers (Creators, Co-Executive Producers and Writers)” »
• Lee Pace takes Entertainment Weekly‘s Pop Culture Personality Test and reveals his childhood crush on Punky Brewster and his frequent viewings of Sanford and Son.
• Ahead of the Season 1 finale, Lee Pace tells The Wall Street Journal that Joe is “a character I love, and a riddle that I’ve been having a really good time trying to solve — who this guy is.”
• CarterMatt thinks Halt and Catch Fire is “brilliant and has so many great performances in it.”
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As Halt and Catch Fire Season 1 comes to a conclusion this Sunday, Joe MacMilllan is entranced by the new Macintosh computer debuted at COMDEX. But the Macintosh wasn’t the only revolutionary real-life computer of the time period. Do you know a Commodore from a Tandy? Your IBM from your Apple? Prove you’re as savvy as Joe, Gordon and Cameron with the Halt and Catch Fire Classic Computers Quiz. Then be sure not to miss the Season 1 Finale, “1984″ this Sunday at 10/9c.
Mastered classic computers? Play the Halt and Catch Fire ’80s Video Game Photo Quiz.
• Late Night With Seth Meyers hosts Lee Pace, who says that Halt and Catch Fire is “about that incredible turning point in our history when we relied on computers to manage our lives.”
• Speaking with the Chicago Sun-Times, Kerry Bishé says of playing Donna that “it’s really rare to see characters on TV, and especially women, who are responsible and selfish and smart and vain and fallible.”
• HitFix‘s Firewall and Iceberg Podcast discusses Halt and Catch Fire on the eve of Comic-Con, observing, “I like this version of this world. I like the style of it. I like the performances…”
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