Season 3 of ‘Hell on Wheels’ Moves Forward with New Showrunner

A little over a month the future of the acclaimed AMC western drama Hell on Wheels was looking a bit uncertain, as we reported here, but that isn’t the case any longer because a new executive producer and showrunner has been selected. The man of the hour is John Wirth, whose credits include ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’, ‘V’ and ‘The Cape’). With the installment of Wirth, ‘Hell on Wheels’ can now move forward with season three, receiving an order for ten, one-hour episodes that are expected to premiere starting in the latter part of 2013.

The series centers on the lawless town known as “Hell on Wheels,” that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, examining the railroad’s institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction.

Susie Fitzgerald, the Senior VP of scripted development current programming at AMC, had this to share, “As we gear up for season three of ‘Hell on Wheels’ we are pleased to have such an accomplished showrunner as John Wirth join our team. With the help of our partners at Entertainment One, Endemol and Nomadic, we look forward to a new season of the poetic and pulpy adventures of Cullen Bohannan and the other characters as they build the railroad across the US”.

The series stars Anson Mount as former confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan, who is struggling to escape his demons from the recently fought Civil War. Colm Meaney stars as Thomas “Doc” Durant, a greedy entrepreneur taking full advantage of the changing times, and musician/actor Common is Elam Ferguson, an emancipated slave working to achieve true freedom in a work entrenched in prejudice.

‘Hell on Wheels’ was created by Joe and Tony Gayton, who will continue to serve as consultants on the series; which, again, will return for its third season on AMC in the fall of 2013.