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'Halt and Catch Fire' offers up latest in string of TV hackergrrls

Ever since the first lady geek laced up her Doc Martens and learned to code, TV has fallen for the hackergrrrl. She’s Abby (Pauley Perrette) on NCIS, with those Emily the Strange pigtails, sharing a keyboard with a male colleague because she can’t fend off firewall attacks on her own. She’s Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) on Criminal Minds, with her zany glasses, accidentally leaking FBI intel because she’s too busy flirting with a knight in a role-playing game. She’s goth Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) on 24: Live Another Day, being rescued by Jack Bauer. In other words, she’s a cliché: She dresses like an independent thinker, but she sometimes acts like a damsel in distress.

On AMC’s new ’80s-set drama Halt and Catch Fire, she’s Cameron (Mackenzie Davis), an asymmetrically coiffed, camouflage-pants-wearing programmer who plays arcade games, knocks back shots, and hooks up with former IBM exec Joe (Lee Pace) just hours after meeting him. She’s such a male fantasy, she might as well have sprung fully formed from the skull of a guy who worships Steve Wozniak and shops at Hot Topic. READ FULL STORY

AMC drama to become first show to ever premiere on Tumblr

Tumblr just became a lot more than the place to find the best GIFs.

In anticipation of its newest 10-episode series, Halt and Catch Fire, AMC is launching a two-week, full-episode sneak preview on Tumblr and, making it the first-ever television show to premiere on Tumblr.

Halt and Catch Fire, created by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, follows the rise of the PC in the early 1980s, roughly one year after IBM.

Halt and Catch Fire is a fun ride through the early days of the PC era, a time when no one could imagine a portable computer weighing less than 15 pounds, let alone one that was a few ounces and doubled as a phone,” AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement. “It’s a perfect show for summer and – given the subject matter – a good fit for Tumblr’s first TV series premiere and AMC’s first social media screening.” READ FULL STORY


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