“Halt and Catch Fire” dodged another cancellation bullet. Despite low viewership for its Season 2 finale, AMC has picked up the period drama for a third season.
The network announced in a press release that the series has been picked up for a 10-episode Season 3. However, the pickup comes with a big change – new showrunners. Co-creators and writers Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers will take over from former showrunner Jonathan Lisco.
“We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to continue telling this story,” Cantwell and Rogers said in a statement. “’Halt and Catch Fire’ has been a passion project of ours from day one, and we are so thankful that AMC not only shares this passion, but also continues to champion bold character-driven storytelling in an increasingly crowded television landscape. While we know we would not be here were it not for the leadership and mentorship of former showrunner Jonathan Lisco, we’re incredibly excited to continue working with our wonderful producing partners at Gran Via, as well as our extremely talented cast and crew. Much in the way that ‘Halt’ is about the underdogs overcoming convention and breaking new ground, the story of Season 3 will endeavor to further stretch the medium and challenge the form.”
Despite critical acclaim, “Halt and Catch Fire” was averaging 530,000 viewers for its second season. In comparison, fellow AMC series “The Walking Dead” raked in 15.8 million viewers for its March 2015 Season 5 finale. However, “Halt and Catch Fire” does have a dedicated fan base. Fans were left with lingering questions after the Season 2 finale in August as they waited for a Season 3 pickup.
“Halt and Catch Fire” Season 3 will air in summer 2016.