Wednesday, March 5, 2014

AMC to Premiere New Drama 'Halt & Catch Fire' on Sunday, June 1

Today, AMC announced that it will premiere its new upcoming drama series Halt & Catch Fire on Sunday, June 1 at 10/9c. The 10-episode series is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers with Jonathan Lisco as showrunner.

Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein will also serve as executive producers. Filmed on location in Atlanta, the series stars Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies), Scott McNairy (Argo), Mackenzie Davis (Smashed), Kerry Bishé (Red State) and Toby Huss (Cowboys & Aliens).

In addition, Halt & Catch Fire will make its world debut this Saturday, March 8 at 11AM during the Film portion of the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. An early screening of the pilot, held at the AMC Theater at Violet Crown Cinemas, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Lisco, Cantwell, Rogers and select cast.

Halt & Catch Fire is set in the early 1980's, roughly one year after IBM all but corners the market with the release of its first major product - the IBM PC. It is also the same year people realize the IBM PC's fatal flaw, which quickly makes personal computing anyone's game. In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive, Joe McMillan (Pace), plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer, he forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. McMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark (McNairy), a once great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna (Bishé), and Cameron Howe (Davis), a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan's rogue PC project. While charting the changing culture of Texas' Silicon Prairie, tensions build within the group as they attempt to navigate the thin line between visionary and fraud, genius and delusion, and as their drive to do something that matters runs up against their ability to truly innovate. Halt & Catch Fire thrives on the spirit of innovation and explores what it's life to stand at the forefront of something truly great and world-changing and work towards it, no matter the risk.