Friday, October 9, 2015

Hail Mutiny! AMC renews 'Halt and Catch Fire' for season 3

"Halt and Catch Fire" will be back for a third season.

AMC once again gave a belated renewal to its drama about the early days of personal computing and the internet, ordering a third season of the critically-acclaimed but terribly-rated series. The show's second season concluded two months ago with its future in limbo (season 2 was ordered only a few weeks after season 1 ended); I responded with an article headlined, "Hey, AMC: Quit screwing around and renew 'Halt and Catch Fire.'"

The screwing around has concluded, and we'll get at least one more season of Kerry Bishé, Mackenzie Davis, Scoot McNairy and Lee Pace navigating the '80s version of life online, in a show that massively improved from its first year to its second.

Given the low ratings, and that basic cable channels can't as easily carry shows few people are watching in the way that an HBO or Showtime can, I got on the phone for a few minutes with AMC's president of original programming and development Joel Stillerman to discuss how they came to this decision.

This is a wonderful show, but the ratings haven't been there. Why did you decide to stick with it?

Joel Stillerman: We decided to stick with it primarily because we love the story, and we think it's a show that has a lot of life left in it. These things are always complicated, and the ratings play a part, but they're far from the entire story. If we see something that we truly love, and we see the talent and the momentum behind it that give us the confidence to move forward, we're all in.

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