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People of the internet, please do yourself a favor and watch AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. I waxed poetic about the show’s excellence right after the end of its super low-rated second season (the finale only pulled in 900,000 viewers, even after DVR was taken into account, which is scary low). You should take the chance to catch up now, as AMC, home of television’s highest rated show in The Walking Dead, opted to renew the critical darling for a third season.
The series is set to return for a ten-episode third season next summer, and Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Kerry Bishé, and Mackenzie Davis will be back for the ride. The show will move from the Texas setting it used in its first two seasons (the show was filmed in Georgia, rather than Texas) to California setting for season three, and co-creators and writers Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers have been upped to showrunners for the next season, taking over the position from Jonathan Lisco.
As for why AMC would be willing to renew one of the lowest rated dramas on television, in a statement, Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, credited the quality of the show and the renewed critical interest in the series as key points for its renewal.
“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 Stillerman.
With a year left before the third season begins, I urge you all to check out this lovely show (season one is weak until the final stretch of episodes, but don’t hold that against it- it gets really really good). Season one is available on Netflix and season two is available on demand.