More Halt Renewal News; Indiewire Calls Halt the Best Show You’re Not Watching Yet

halt-and-catch-fire-106-joe-pace-325This week, there’s more news on Halt and Catch Fire‘s renewal, while Indiewire calls the drama the best show you’re not watching. Plus, Lee Pace reacts to the news about Season 2. Read on for more:

Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline and the Los Angeles Times all report on Halt and Catch Fire‘s Season 2 renewal.

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.
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EW on Halt Renewal; Mackenzie Davis Chats With Salt Lake Tribune and Paste

halt-110-joe-pace-325This week, AMC announces a second season for Halt and Catch Fire, while Mackenzie Davis chats with The Salt Lake Tribune and Paste. Plus, eOne’s president talks up the series. Read on for more:

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 Renews Halt and Catch Fire for Second Season

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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.”

Click here to watch Season 1 of Halt and Catch Fire on amc.com (Log-in required.)
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Lee Pace, Kerry Bishé Nab Movie Roles; IGN Touts Halt

halt-110-donna-bishe-325This week, Lee Pace and Kerry Bishé nab movie roles, while IGN touts Halt and Catch Fire as one of the best shows on TV this year. Plus, Refinery29 chats with Bishé. Read on for more:

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.”
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Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – Christopher Cantwell & Christopher C. Rogers (Creators, Co-Executive Producers and Writers)

halt-and-catch-fire-season-1-christopher-cantwell-christopher-rogers-325Christopher 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.

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EW Tests Lee Pace’s Pop Culture Personality; Pace Talks Joe With Wall St. Journal

halt-and-catch-fire-110-joeThis week, Lee Pace takes Entertainment Weekly‘s Pop Culture Personality Test and discusses Joe with The Wall Street Journal. Plus, CarterMatt calls Halt and Catch Fire “brilliant.” Read on for more:

• Lee Pace takes Entertainment Weeklys 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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Know a Macintosh From an IBM? Prove It With a Halt and Catch Fire Classic Computers Photo Quiz

halt-and-catch-fire-season-1-classic-computers-quiz-560As 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.

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Mastered classic computers? Play the Halt and Catch Fire ’80s Video Game Photo Quiz.

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Lee Pace Appears on Late Night; Kerry Bishé Discusses Donna With Sun-Times

halt-donna-bishe-season-1-325This week, Lee Pace appears on Late Night With Seth Meyers, while Kerry Bishé discusses Donna with the Chicago Sun-Times. Plus, HitFix has a chat about why it likes the show. Read on for more:

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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Party Like It’s 1984 With Halt and Catch Fire‘s Latest Spotify Playlist

halt-and-catch-fire-episode-110-spotify-1984-200x2001983 proved to be an eventful year for the team at Cardiff Electric, whose venture into the PC market has been fraught with double-crosses, romantic trysts, and hiccups of both the technical and legal variety. Now, 1984 is approaching and the team is poised to unleash their Giant onto the market (the same year that Apple will unveil its game-changing Macintosh). To celebrate such a seminal year in the history of personal computers, Halt and Catch Fire‘s music supervisor Thomas Golubić and his team at SuperMusicVision have created a new Spotify playlist highlighting the pop hits of 1984. While Cardiff’s future may be uncertain, 1984′s place in music history is secure thanks to artists like U2, Depeche Mode, and David Bowie. Check it out below, and get ready to party like it’s 1984 all over again.

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Look after the jump to download songs from the “1984!” ’80s playlist now.

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Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – Jonathan Lisco (Showrunner and Executive Producer) Part II

halt-and-catch-fire-season-1-jonathan-lisco-325-1In part II of this interview with Jonathan Lisco, the Halt and Catch Fire showrunner and executive producer talks creating strong female characters and his unusual route to Hollywood. Click here to read part I.

Q: You’ve talked before about the importance of the female characters on this show, and in general…

A: It was very important to me, and all of us, to create female characters who weren’t just accessories to the men in the show. I have a pet peeve with female characters who are, what I call, schematic or archetypal, which is another way of saying two-dimensional and lazily constructed. I wanted to make sure that these characters had all sorts of flaws but also sparks of genius, just like the men in the show. Even more important, that they weren’t just stereotypes or caricatures. We put a lot of time, for example, into thinking about Cameron’s spikiness and immaturity and volatility. We put time into her backstory, where she came from and how it created a woman like Cameron in the early ’80s. She is admittedly a bit of an anomaly. Not too many women were working in computers at the time.

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