By the end of its second season, AMC's Halt and Catch Fire had become one of TV's very best dramas, and the critical reception, coupled with some financial incentives for AMC (which also owns the show), spared it from falling down the Brilliant-But-Canceled rabbit hole. A third season was ordered, and AMC finally announced the premiere date today.
The third season will begin with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, August 23 at 9 p.m., with additional episodes airing Tuesdays at 10 starting the following week. According to the press release:
In the third season, which picks up in March 1986, Mutiny leaves Texas for the big leagues of Silicon Valley. Founders Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna Clark (Kerry Bishé) search for the idea that will launch Mutiny as a player, but new collaborators test their partnership. Gordon (Scoot McNairy) struggles to find a place within his wife”s company as Joe McMillan (Lee Pace) builds upon his empire, reinventing himself with a bold play that shocks the Valley and sends him back into the lives of his old partners. In addition to Pace, McNairy, Bishé, Davis and Toby Huss as John Bosworth, the third season features Annabeth Gish as Diane Gould, a seasoned Silicon Valley venture capitalist, and Manish Dayal as Ryan Ray, a talented and ambitious programmer, in recurring roles.
Also, the show's co-creators, Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, put out this statement about what's to come:
“If season one was a tale of the corporate boardroom and season two chronicled a start-up, season three is about the perils of a promising young company striving to join the ranks of the winners whose names still define the competitive landscape of Silicon Valley. Whereas Mutiny was once a rag-tag group of young coders full of limitless potential, the company now finds itself squarely in its adolescence, striving for corporate adulthood in a strange land where its future is far from guaranteed.”
That's a pretty late in the summer premiere, and a sign of AMC continuing to expand away from Sunday nights. So long as AMC can find a way to justify keeping the show on, I don't mind when and where it airs. I'll just be glad to have it back.