AMC is expanding its original programming to Saturday nights with the announcement that Hell on Wheels will broadcast its third season premiere on Saturday, August 3 at 9/8c.
By making this scheduling decision, the cable network has now expanded to three nights of original programming, but Saturday will still when the network celebrates the American western through a mix of series and movies. The series, of course, being ‘Hell on Wheels’ and the movies being such perennial classics like ‘El Dorado’, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’, ‘The Shootist’ and ‘The Sons of Katie Elder.
Charlie Collier, President and General Manager at AMC, had this to share about the new night of programming, “A new episode of ‘Hell on Wheels’ on Saturday night after a full day of western fan favorites is going to be like the saddle on top of the horse. This is a programmer’s dream – to have a genre specific, 14-hour lead-in to one of your highest rated originals. We are so excited about this opportunity to entertain AMC’s audience in a new way’.
This new season of ‘Hell on Wheels’ will be executive produced by John Wirth (‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’), and will be focused on the year 1867, the third year of the building of the transcontinental railroad. Cullen Bohannon (series lead Anson Mount) leaves his vengeance-seeking behind and invests in the new American landscape…the beginnings of big business, big religion, and the new role of Wall Street in the White House. Bohannon must contend with racism, greed and murder as he single-mindedly leads the Union Pacific in its race across the country against the Central Pacific Railroad. The high stakes corporate race, the environmental costs and degradation of the native peoples’ way of life are themes that resonate deeply in today’s America.
Again, the third season of ‘Hell on Wheels’ will air on Saturday, August 3 at 9/8c.