AMC has released the first promo for its new drama series “Halt and Catch Fire,” which will premiere on Sunday, June 1 at 10pm ET/PT. The series captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, during which an unlikely trio a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy take personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer that will change the world as they know it.
The 10-episode series is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers and executive produced by showrunner Jonathan Lisco and Gran Via Production’s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. Filmed on location in Atlanta, “Halt and Catch Fire,” stars Lee Pace as Joe MacMillan, Scoot McNairy as Gordon Clark, Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe, Kerry Bishé as Donna Clark and Toby Huss as John Bosworth.
“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. 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 (Lee 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 (Scoot McNairy), a once great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna (Kerry Bishé), and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis), a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillans 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.