Way back on May 22nd, Lee Pace was in Los Angeles to attend the “Halt And Catch Fire” premiere. He stars in this new AMC drama, playing the visionary Joe MacMillan who will do anything to have his voice heard in the computing boom of the early ’80s. His co-stars were in attendance at the event as well, including Scoot McNairy (Gordon Clark), Mackenzie Davis (Cameron Howe), Kerry Bishé (Donna Clark), and Toby Huss (John Bosworth).
“Halt And Catch Fire” is currently airing on AMC. You can catch new episodes every Sunday at 10/9c.
For a limited time only (until June 1st), you can watch the first episode of “Halt And Catch Fire” on AMC’s official site. As a special treat, the network has debuted the episode ahead of its June 1st premiere date on the channel. I’m unable to directly embed the video, so you’ll have to click the above photo of Lee Pace to reach AMC’s site.
If you’re impatient like me, definitely check it out — and report back to LPO with your thoughts! How do you feel about Joe MacMillan so far? Will you be tuning in for episode two and beyond? I have to say, I absolutely love Cameron so far and can’t wait to see where the series goes after the ending on this first episode.
AMC has released the first trailer for their new series, “Halt And Catch Fire.” Our first look at the upcoming drama is only 30 seconds long, so it’s essentially just a tease of things to come, but there’s plenty of Lee Pace footage for those interested. Excited yet? “Halt And Catch Fire” premieres Sunday, June 1st at 10/9c on AMC. Check out an official synopsis below:
“Halt and Catch Fire” is set roughly one year after IBM all but corners the market with the release of its first major product: the IBM PC. In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive, Joe MacMillan plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer and forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. MacMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark, a once great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna, and Cameron Howe, a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan;s rogue PC project. “Halt and Catch Fire” thrives on the spirit of innovation and explores what it’s like to stand at the forefront of something world-changing and work towards it, no matter the risk.
On March 15th, AMC brought their upcoming series “Halt And Catch Fire” to the annual South By Southwest festival in Austin, TX. Lee Pace was in attendance, along with Scoot McNairy, Kerry Bishe, Mackenzie Davis, Toby Huss, creator Christopher C. Rogers and Christopher Cantwell, and executive producer Jonathan Lisco. You can see photos from the event (including the panel) in the gallery. I’ve also added an interview with Lee and Mackenzie from SXSW to the press archive; check out an excerpt below:
CraveOnline: What are your roles in “Halt and Catch Fire” as they pertain to the PC industry?
Lee Pace: I’ll start about Joe MacMillan. Joe is someone who comes from IBM. There was this phrase that our advisor told me about, The Wild Ducks. The Wild Ducks are the ones who left IBM and tried to start something else. There were a lot of them. So that’s what Joe is. He’s someone who’s leaving the corporate structure because this technology is such an exciting, fun wave.
He’s looking down the road and seeing the potential of this technology. In the pilot I have a line that sticks out. “Computers aren’t the thing. They’re the thing that gets us to the thing.” I just need to get people to build the computer that I want that I’m going to bring to the world. That’s why I get together with Gordon Clark and Cameron, so they can build my computer. So we’re making a computer. It’s really simple.
We’re just trying to make an awesome computer because in the world of tech, you’re either the most awesome or you’re out of business. Either you’ve got something that people want to spend your dollars on because everyone’s trying to fight for the same dollars.
So how do you get to be the guy who gets them? The show is very much about how now these phones in our pockets are such ubiquitous parts of our lives, and they’re great. They give us so much freedom and do the things that we need them to do but someone made that happen, lots of people working very hard together and fighting and collaborating to turn the mainframes into these.
In February, Lee Pace was announced as a cast member for a potential new AMC series, “Halt & Catch Fire.” The pilot was filmed in April and May and was awaiting word from the network on whether or not it would be picked up for a full season. Finally, we have more news on the future of the series, and it’s good!
Earlier today, at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, AMC announced that they would be picking up “Halt & Catch Fire” for a full season. Additionally, they also ordered a season for another pilot, “Turn” — the first time AMC picked up two series in one cycle, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Although there’s no word yet on when the series will enter into production, follow LPO on Twitter for quick updates. In the meantime, Lee is in London shooting Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel and the “Halt & Catch Fire” team will need to write further episodes, so it may be a while still for us to get a weekly dose of Lee on our TVs.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee Pace has been cast as the lead in a new AMC series. “Halt and Catch Fire” is a drama following the 1980s computing boom as seen through the eyes of a visionary, Joe MacMillan, who will be played by Lee. Mackenzie Davis is also attached as his co-star, playing “a punk computer programming grad student” named Cameron How. More details below:
“Halt and Catch Fire”: Revolves around the personal computing boom and is told through the eyes of a visionary and an engineer and prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.
Joe MacMillan: Often the smartest guy in the office and two steps ahead of both friends and enemies. Once a superstar salesman at IBM, Joe recently departed under mysterious circumstances only to resurface at an also-ran Dallas tech company named Cardiff Giant. He comes to Dallas with a plan to force the company into the new era of the PC boom.
The show, created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, will be executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein (both of “Breaking Bad” fame, the well-crafted and popular drama on AMC). Juan Jose Campanella of “House” will direct the pilot episode. Hopefully we’ll see it go to season. Congrats, Lee!