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.

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26 Comments
  1. Cara says:

    Lee Pace!!!! Love him. Loved Pushing Daisies, and also love him in everything else I’ve seen him in (Breaking Dawn, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Wonderfalls…) Glad to hear he’ll be in a new show!

  2. WayneInNYC says:

    Terrific news. I’ve been a fan of his ever since “Wonderfalls.” He’s proven he’s got the chops for more serious fare as well. He gave a heartbreaking performance in “Soldier’s Girl.”

  3. Thrilled to have Lee Pace back on TV!

  4. Eric says:

    I’d rather just have new episodes of Pushing Daisies.

    This new show doesn’t interest me much, but Lee’s involvement guarantees that I will be watching.

  5. Lucy says:

    BEST NEWS EVER! I can’t say this plot strikes my interest, but his face on my tv every week sure does.

  6. Tinemi says:

    Anything that brings Lee Pace to my tv in a weekly basis has my entire support.

  7. Ben Kabak says:

    Cardiff giant? Lol. I hope favreau is in it

  8. Eliza says:

    Love, love, love Lee Pace! He’s great and Pushing Daisies is one of my most beloved shows ever.
    I am definitely in.

  9. rachelle says:

    I LOVE Lee Pace so much!! God, I still get depressed when I think about Pushing Daisies. I guess I’ll check this show out.

  10. Samantha says:

    Best news I have heard all day.

  11. Jenn says:

    Wonderful news!!! I loved in him in PD and am very happy to see him back on TV! I’ll be watching this one no question

  12. Tedi says:

    Legitimately in loooove with Lee Pace!! SUCH great news =D

  13. J says:

    Sounds like a cool show. After the last couple of false starts at AMC, sounds like they’ve finally got a new series in the pipeline ready to catch some buzz (and BB fans who will be quite sad come summer).

  14. murley says:

    I am not sure if this show would be on my radar otherwise but lee pace is certainly a compelling reason to check it out.

  15. adlib19 says:

    Done and done

  16. Kat says:

    So excited!

  17. linajohn says:

    Lee…

  18. Superhero says:

    I haven’t seen Pushing Daisies or any of Pace’s other work, but I’ve heard nothing but good things. So I guess I should be happy that he’s returning to television, and especially that he’s doing it on a cable show.

  19. Michelle says:

    Excellent news since I adore Lee Pace! Guess I’ll finally have to cave and watch AMC.

  20. Julie says:

    Like a lot of others here I don’t find the premise of the show particularly interesting, but will watch for Lee Pace. He is so fantastic and Pushing Daisies is the one show’s cancellation I have never gotten over.

  21. Bob says:

    Still burns my backside that ABC canceled ‘Pushing Daisies’ when they did. It wasn’t their fault the stupid unions went on strike and killed the season.

  22. Carolyn says:

    Hooray for Lee Pace back on Tv! But how are the 1980s “period”? When I first saw the headline I had visions of him a la Mr Darcy (how swoon-worthy would that be!?). But alas.

  23. Charlotte says:

    THIS. WOW. I JUST CAN’T.
    It’s about time Lee Pace is back on television. Great news!

  24. Mary says:

    The lovely Mr. Lee Pace (: I’m definitely looking forward to watching this!! So excited to see him in something new and a tv show is perfect since that equals seeing him A LOT lol. I just hope that they air this in my country :( otherwise I guess i’ll watch it online. Been watching pushing daisies repeatedly lately, still waiting for something from Bryan Fuller :p

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