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Seeing as how crime procedurals and hospital shows are consistently the most watched shows on television, it doesn’t seem likely that a show about the computer boom of the early 1980s would be able to carve out a place for itself. But Halt and Catch Fire has done just that, and will continue to do so.
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Here in 2014, movie and TV opening credits are arguably more complicated and divine than they’ve ever been, as “telling audiences who’s in the project” has largely been replaced by “awesome visuals that tie into themes, plus the cast and crew.” And according to those who make it their duty to report on such things, here's the greatest title sequence of 2014.
Thanks to slick marketing from AMC and a slew of pretty good reviews, Halt and Catch Fire did a fine job of getting its name and its premise out to potential audiences before the show’s premiere. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the advertising and the reviews were enough to garner much interest. Halt and Catch Fire’s premiere only brought in 1.2 million total viewers when it premiered on AMC on Sunday night.
The 80s drama starts with an armadillo’s demise and ends with a slew of corporate IBM cronies shuffling into an office building like they’re on an episode of The Walking Dead. In between, inspiring speeches, a rude but genius female and one man’s awakening kicks off the drama to an exciting start. It’s a good thing, too, because excitement has mostly been missing from the slew of hopeful new dramas AMC has produced over the last several years.
Who said a story about building a computer couldn't be sexy? The new character video for AMC's period drama Halt and Catch Fire offers more than a hint of sexiness as it focuses on Mackenzie Davis' character Cameron Howe, the young, volatile prodigy among the trio of people who are working to build a game-changing computer to rival IBM's PC.
"Computers aren't the thing," the new TV spot for AMC's Halt and Catch Fire notes. "They're the thing that gets us to the thing." That statement actually makes a lot of sense when we consider not only how much computers have evolved since the 80s, but also how many crucial uses they have from one industry and household to the next.
Following up on the trailer for AMC intriguing period drama Halt and Catch Fire, we now have a look at the key art for the series, which stars Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, Kerry Bishe and Toby Huss. It looks like AMC's channeling IBM's logo with the font, and playfully substituting "control" for the more commanding "CTRL" as it notes that "The Battle For CTRL Begins."
Those watching the Season 4 finale of The Walking Dead last night likely caught the new trailer for AMC's upcoming scripted drama Halt & Catch Fire, which is among the latest period dramas to air on the network, joining Mad Men and newcomer Turn in that regard. Set in the 1980s, Halt & Catch Fire stars Lee Pace and is a dramatization of the personal computing boom.
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Jamie Bell and Seth Tumrich are looking ready for a revolution in the above promotional photo for AMC’s promising looking upcoming spy thriller Turn. And that’s just one of numerous tidbits the cable channel shared in anticipation of their 2014 programming slate. AMC also announced a number of release dates — or release timeframes — for their new and returning shows, including the return of Mad Men...
Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace has been tapped to star in the AMC pilot Halt & Catch Fire, an 80s-era drama that takes a close look at the beginnings of the personal computer boom. The project comes from Mark Johnson of AMC’s departing hit Breaking Bad.