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.