The spot opened with a 1969 "Mad Men" character railing against a behemoth computer, then shifted to scenes of 1983 PC pioneers. "Once the future was hard to see," a narrator intones, "Then three rebels ... got with the program."
"Halt and Catch Fire" debuts Sunday (
Creators and executive producers
Their series, set in
But "there's no way to follow a show like that," Cantwell said of AMC's unlikely hit about a teacher-turned-drug king, and the same goes for "Mad Men."
"The only thing we can do is ... to focus on the world we're telling and make it as good as possible," he said.
Rogers said the drama is influenced by the recent TV past but strives to be part of a "new wave."
Rather than focus on one difficult antihero like a
The show's 1980s look, for example, is historically accurate but not as dominant an element as the 1960s have been for "Mad Men" — likely a wise move given how the style-challenged '80s stack up against the impossibly cool '60s.
"We wanted it to feel like a period show that is contemporary, that we can inhabit it and relate to these people," Rogers said. "We rarely will stop to point at the period and the ways things are different than they are now."
The title is obviously unique and may prompt even some geeks to draw a blank. As the pilot's opener explains, it's an early computer command, HCF for short, one that sent the machine into a race mode and prevented regaining control.
Keep that in mind as you watch slick, charismatic ex-
On his team, willing or not, are family man and engineer
Watching nervously are longtime Cardiff executive
It's an ensemble cast, but Pace's Joe is the catalyst.
"When I first read it (the pilot), I thought of (stock trader)
"But the more I worked on the character, the simpler he got. He just wants to make an awesome computer," Pace said.
Which, AMC and creators Cantwell and Rogers are betting, will make for awesome drama.
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