AMC are sticking by niche drama HALT & CATCH FIRE, about 1980s computer programming, having now renewed the show for a second season. I wasn't a huge fan of the first year, which had some problems, but I like the female characters and the final handful of episodes were an improvement. AMC seem to have faith in it, despite the fact it debuted with 900,000 less viewers than their Revolutionary War drama Turn, and only averaged 1.2 million viewers over its 10 episodes.
Charlie Collier, AMC President:
"This is a show about invention, experimentation and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground—themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience. We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, betting on talent and building audience over time. We see that opportunity here and look forward to a second season."Creators Jonathan Lisco, Chris Cantwell & Chris Rogers:
"Our series about creation, innovation and taking bold risks wouldn't be possible if it weren't for our partners at AMC, a network known for these very things. Harnessing the momentum of our first season, this next chapter will take the rich characters our audience has come to love in new and surprising directions."Did you like H&CF from the start, or did it grow on you over time? Or are you flabbergasted it's coming back for another season, because it deserved to be erased from history? I think everything deserves a chance, and there was enough promise for me to be curious about season 2. I just hope the producers recognise the problems they had, and come back stronger with an emphasis on the things that worked.