It seems all of the doom and gloom ratings speculation over “Halt and Catch Fire” was much ado about nothing. The show creators’ pleas for patience from AMC were answered Wednesday with the announcement of a renewal for a second season of “Halt and Catch Fire” due next summer.
The tech drama’s first season garnered considerably poor ratings, with its finale drawing only 574,000 viewers, but the show found solace in considerable critical acclaim for its subject matter, strong female leads, and style. The buzz seemed to be enough for AMC to extend its tradition of patience to "Halt," as displayed with shows like “Breaking Bad” and Mad Men.”
AMC President Chris Collier spoke Wednesday about AMC’s decision with the computer drama saying, “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. 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.”
“Halt and Catch Fire” will return with many questions to answer. The bleak Season 1 finale left many of the characters still lost after the Cardiff Electric Giant turned out to be a shell of the innovative giant (pun intended) that Joe, Cameron, and Gordon set out to make. What will Season 2 hold? Fans are going to have to wait a year to find out, but at least they now have the comfort of knowing that answers are coming.
Fans now eager to start catching up or those interested in starting can watch all 10 episodes of Season 1 on AMC's website until the end of August.
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