The first season of "Halt and Catch Fire" was very interesting. The show is set in the 80's which dramatizes the introduction of the technological revolution through 4 individuals with unique perspectives. It's got a kind of techie, 80's Mad Men thing going for it.
The show stars Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy) as the damaged and often despicable entrepreneur Joe MacMillan. Also starring Scoot McNairy as the witty and unstable Gordon Clark, Mackenzie Davis as the rebellious genius Cameron Howe, and Kerry Bishe as the driven tech guru Donna Clark.
AMC announced that it's evaluating the future of "Halt and Catch Fire", as well as "Turn", which isn't a show I've been exposed to. "Halt and Catch Fire" has a fantastic cast, but after just a couple of episodes into season 2, you can feel the difference between it and season 1. The story was more interesting, you felt like you were heading in a specific direction with each character whereas now in season 2, things are more messy.
Some critics would disagree with my assessment that the second season has taken a back seat to the first season. For the most part many critics have reviewed the second season very well, claiming the show is slowly but surely gaining momentum.
AMC's attitude right now is more of a wait-and-see approach. While the first season was a success, it's pretty often that shows can't seem find a way to maintain that first season quality and AMC has a lot of protecting to do. AMC has been significantly elevated in quality after bringing shows like "Breaking Bad", "Mad Med", and "Walking Dead" to their networks, and now with two of those 3 now gone, they're hanging onto "Walking Dead" with a tight grip while looking for other shows to maintain that same level of quality.
CEO Josh Sapan acknowledges the number of fans "Halt and Catch Fire" has and the critical reviews being positive, but is even more aware of the low ratings.
Closer to the hot-seat than "Halt and Catch Fire" is the other AMC show "Turn", a show about spies during the Revolutionary War and has picked up steam in season 2 but still isn't performing well enough.
For now AMC has locked up "Walking Dead" the most popular show on television, "Better Call Saul" the hilarious "Breaking Bad spin-off, "Preacher" currently written by Seth Rogen and pal Evan Goldberg, "The Night Manager" a new mini-series about a night manager of a European hotel being recruited by intelligence agents in order to infiltrate an international arms dealer, and "Into the Badlands" a martial arts story about a warrior and young boy in search for enlightenment in a war-torn environment. These shows are forcing "Halt and Catch Fire" and "Turn" to compete, and while it's possible these shows can all coexist, it's doubtful this many will remain.