Halt and Catch Fire Renewed

Halt and Catch Fire Scores Season 3 Renewal Amid Showrunner Switch

Never underestimate the power of widespread critical acclaim.

Despite barely detectable ratings, Halt and Catch Fire has been renewed for a 10-episode third season at AMC. The pickup comes after the ’80s-set computer drama’s second season drew rapturous reviews —a stark contrast from the lukewarm notices that greeted the show’s buzz-deprived first season.

In confirming the renewal, AMC also announced that EP Jonathan Lisco — who presided over Seasons 1 and 2 — will be stepping down as showrunner to focus on shepherding his TNT pilot Animal Kingdom. Halt co-creators Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers will take the showrunner reins in his place.

“We love what the creative team and cast have been able to deliver on Halt and Catch Fire and are particularly grateful to the critics and fans who supported the show throughout the second season and have been pulling for its renewal,” said AMC’s original programming/development president Joel Stillerman in a statement. “We’re so thankful for the talent and leadership of Jonathan Lisco over these first two seasons and glad that we are able to continue this story with co-creators and showrunners Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers at the helm. In a world of TV series filled with scary, mythical creatures like zombies and dragons, we’re thrilled to be able to follow these characters to Silicon Valley and finally bring unicorns to television.”

Added Cantwell and Rogers: “We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to continue telling this story. 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 underdogs  overcoming convention and breaking new ground, the story of Season 3 will endeavor to further stretch the medium and challenge the form.”

Halt Season 3 will bow in Summer 2016.

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23 Comments
  1. Phillip says:

    Best news I’ve heard all day!! So happy!!!

  2. Completely unexpected good news!
    If you’ve loved Breaking Bad, you should at least like Halt & Catch Fire. Smart and twisty.

  3. Cool.

    Unicorns to television? Well, My Little Pony did first air in the 80’s…

  4. ClearlyDemented says:

    Two great renewals today. Really wasn’t counting on this one coming back but so glad it is. Don’t be afraid of the eyebrows people; watch this show!

  5. Win says:

    I love Halt and Catch Fire! Jean Ralphio, I would like to borrow your air horn now…

  6. drhenning says:

    First saw Tyrant news and now this!!! My favorite shows of the summer!!! Saw MacKenzie Davis in Martian and was thinking what a good role for her and that more will see her in that secondary role than her lead here!!! Now she’ll be doing more.. Hurray!!!

  7. cc says:

    YESSS! I am glad AMC gave this show another chance, it really deserves it! Especially after an amazing season 2

  8. Kansas Blutbad says:

    I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great news.
    That’s all.

  9. Georgia says:

    Music to ears! This is one of the greatest shows on TV that no one seems to be watching. Lived and breathed this era and it was an important time in our history — Bravo for AMC!

  10. Ro says:

    This is great news!!! People don’t know what they’re missing!

  11. LAwoman says:

    I’m a little surprised at the renewal. But very happy!

  12. Amanda says:

    So happy about this!!! Was a bit worried with the ratings but so glad it’s coming back. Such a great cast and season 2 was amazing.

  13. DreamRose311 says:

    Season 1 was really good, and season 2 was awesome! Onward and upward even more!

  14. Diz says:

    Awesome news!

  15. teeveenerd says:

    Loved the second season! #MUTINYFOREVER

  16. Norkir says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU AMC!! Picture me doing my happy dance! Such great news- love the show!

  17. vicki says:

    Really, it is an amazingly good show, happy to see it is back for a 3rd season!!!!

  18. Rena Moretti says:

    Amazing how executives are happy to renew shows nobody watches.

    I guess it’s job security as the people they shoved the money to are sure to give them a nice development jobs if they lose the Hollywood Executive Musical Chairs game…

  19. Joey Padron says:

    Great news! Thankful AMC believes and supports the show. Can’t wait to see what happens in season 3!

  20. Geo says:

    YAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Ellinaras78 says:

    10 episodes to wrap it up in a great way.

  22. margi says:

    just hate to wait 7 months or so :-(