Very appropriate to today’s TCA panel on AMC’s 1980s period drama about computers, Halt and Catch Fire executive producer/writer Jonathan Lisco and cast members were asked: “Who do you think hacked Sony?”
They were ready with a quip: “I’m glad you asked that, because I have the answer— I just cant share it,” said Lisco without missing a beat. Deadpanned Scoot McNairy who plays Gordon Clark: “I hacked Sony.”
Appearing on the panel with actors Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishé, Lisco addressed the producers concerns moving forward for a second season to premiere in spring or summer of 2015 (shooting begins next week). Among the issues: Time and pacing. The next season’s story line begins in March of 1985, Lisco said.
“Time is always something we’re playing with,” Lisco said, adding that the show would be “more grounded” and not attempt to cover as much ground (and make) the time jumps a little less befuddling. Time will elapse in a more organic way.” Effort will also be made to “catch up” viewers who may have missed the first season, he said.
He added that the Season 2 focus will be “human connectivity” and the effect of computers on that —foreshadowing the current paranoia about social isolation caused by social media.
Did the producers ever regret adopting the show’s quirky title, a 1980s computer code instruction that can cause a computer shutdown? While admitting the title was confusing to some audiences, Lisco said the creative team loved the metaphor of characters who must keep striving, lest their personal mission self-destruct.
“We have a bit of a geeky love affair with it to be honest, even though I understand why people have a bit of difficulty with it,” Lisco said.