Pilot Scoop: Pushing Daisies' Lee Pace to Headline AMC Period Drama Halt & Catch Fire

Halt & Catch Fire Lee PacePushing DaisiesLee Pace is dipping his toe back in the TV waters as the star Halt & Catch Fire, an AMC drama pilot from Breaking Bad EP Mark Johnson.

Set in the early 1980s, Halt & Catch Fire chronicles the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.

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Pace will play the confident and powerful Joe, the smartest guy in the room who is two steps ahead of both his allies and his enemies. Once a superstar salesman at IBM, Joe recently departed under mysterious circumstances only to resurface at a Dallas tech company called Cardiff Giant. It’s here that he demonstrates an ability to masterfully seize control, even as his demons continuously threaten to rear up at the most inopportune times.

Mackenzie Davis is set to co-star as Cameron, a talented but volatile computer programming graduate student whose aggressive exterior has everything to do with protecting a vulnerability underneath.

Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers penned the script and will serve as EPs alongside Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.