Local grad Huss has role in new TV drama

When it comes to a time-slot to launch a new show, it’s hard to get much better than Sunday nights on AMC.

The spot on the channel which catapulted shows such as “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” will have local flavor on a new series this summer.

Marshalltown native Toby Huss, an acting veteran of dozens of television shows and movies, has a role in the new dramatic series “Halt and Catch Fire.” The series debuts at 9 p.m. June 1 on AMC.

The 1983 Marshalltown High School graduate plays the role of John Bosworth, a leader of a company called Cardiff Electric. The show is set in 1983 in Dallas as an upstart personal computer company (Cardiff Electric) tries to compete with IBM. Huss said it has a pretty unique storyline.

“It’s the first show that delves into the Wild West mentality of that time,” Huss said.

Huss said he landed the role through an audition and the show features two of the same producers of “Breaking Bad.”

“AMC has had some great shows and they just have a really good track record,” Huss said. “They’ve been really good in letting us be creative and taking a lot of risks.”

Huss said he enjoyed wearing some of the period clothes which included zipper boots and beige suits.

“1983 was a very beige time,” Huss said.

He said the show features a talented cast and it was enjoyable to be a part of the production. He has seen the first episode and has good hopes for it.

“I might be biased, but I really like it. I think it’s great,” Huss said. “We’ll see how people receive it. You never know with these things.”

As of now the series is scheduled for a 10-episode run with the show’s level of popularity this summer likely to determine its future.

“If people want to watch it, they’ll probably make another season of it,” Huss said.

He said the time-slot is very beneficial for the show.

“It’s better than Saturday morning at 10,” Huss said.

Huss has found recent success on the big screen and had roles in the 2013 films “42” and “Enough Said.”

Huss is the son of Elma, formerly of Marshalltown, and the late Gerald Huss, a former MHS teacher.