'Hell on Wheels' Renewed by AMC for Season 3, John Wirth New Showrunner

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December 12th, 2012

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New York, NY – December 12, 2012 – AMC announced today the renewal of “Hell on Wheels” for a third season with John Wirth (“V” “Fallen Skies” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) serving as executive producer and showrunner. Season three of the series has been greenlit for ten, one-hour episodes and is scheduled to premiere in third quarter 2013.


Centered on the lawless town known as “Hell on Wheels,” that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, the series examines the railroad’s institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction. “Hell on Wheels” second season wrapped in October with an average of 2.4 million viewers and 3.2 million viewers with Live plus 7.


“As we gear up for season three of ‘Hell on Wheels’ we are pleased to have such an accomplished show runner as John Wirth join our team,” said Susie Fitzgerald, AMC’s SVP of scripted development and current programming. “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.”


“We’re delighted to continue our relationship with AMC, Endemol and Nomadic Pictures,” said Michael Rosenberg, Executive VP, US Scripted Television, Entertainment One Television. "John Wirth is an incredible talent who will drive our roaring series and build on the strength and success of the ‘Hell on Wheels’ brand.”


"We look forward to unveiling the next riveting chapter in the complex lives of the denizens of ‘Hell on Wheels,’” said Jeremy Gold, Head of Creative Affairs, Endemol Studios and executive producer, “Hell on Wheels.” "We are delighted that John Wirth will be joining us on this remarkable journey. John is a proven showrunner with a terrific voice and a deep passion for our show," Gold concluded.


“Hell on Wheels” 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” received a 2012 Emmy nomination for outstanding original main title theme music.


“Hell on Wheels” was developed by Endemol USA and is produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Nomadic Pictures. Endemol Studios’ Head of Creative Affairs Jeremy Gold serves as executive producer. eOne’s Television CEO John Morayniss and EVP US scripted television Michael Rosenberg oversee production in partnership with co-producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes from Nomadic Pictures. Mark Richard is executive producer. “Hell on Wheels” was created by Joe and Tony Gayton, who continue to serve as consultants on the series.


AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman, Susie Fitzgerald and Jason Fisher, svp of production oversee “Hell on Wheels.”


Through an international distribution partnership, Endemol USA holds television distribution rights for the series across Europe and eOne handles rights in all remaining territories as well as worldwide rights for DVD/Blu-ray, VOD and Digital distribution.


Shot on location in Alberta, Canada, the series is produced with assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Film Development Program.



AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC's original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead” and “Hell on Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.



Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 24,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.




Endemol USA is a leading producer of television programming specializing in unscripted and scripted genres for network and cable television. The company produces the hit shows “Wipeout,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Deal Or No Deal” and “Big Brother.” Endemol USA is a division of the Endemol Group, a leading international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands and the UK, has subsidiaries and joint ventures in 26 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. Endemol is owned by a consortium consisting of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Mediaset Group and Cyrte Group. For more information, please visit http://www.endemolusa.tv. Endemol is a privately held company.



Nomadic Pictures is a Calgary based production company developing, financing and producing features, MOW’s and TV series. In 16 years, Nomadic has produced over 45 projects and remains one of the most active production companies in Canada. In 2004, Nomadic won three Daytime Emmy’s® for “The Incredible Mrs. Richie” starring James Caan, Kevin Zegers and Gena Rowlands. In 2005 Nomadic co-produced AMC's first scripted Original mini-series, “Broken Trail” (Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church), which went on to win four Primetime Emmy® awards.

  • Melanie

    I’m ambivalent about this — I still don’t get why they killed off the girl.

  • DeeAgeaux


    Dad is a big fan of the show.

    Never told him it was unrenewed.

  • Mark

    Yes I really Like Hell on Wheels

  • Tracy

    Can we get a renewal animal to be the cancellation bear’s nemesis? Please drop everything and get on that.

  • Dan

    @Tracy – The Cancellation Shark? The Cancellation Wolf? The Cancellation Tiger?

  • Kyle

    @tracy renewal honey badger. Honey badger doesn’t care about a stupid cancellation bear.

  • furbul

    The Renewal Panda! :D

  • Tom

    @ Melanie I couldn’t agree more. The last episode was utterly pointless. In light of that fiasco, I can’t imagine any reason to continue watching this show.

  • Tracy

    Should it be a friendly animal for contrast? The Renewal Dolphin? The Renewal Rabbit? Or should it be something ferocious that could, in theory, fight a bear? This is much more important than the work I was supposed to be doing today.

  • dendu

    Can’t wait until the 3rd season airs! I’m so happy about this official renewal! :D

  • EllieMae

    Oh good they got that settled! Welcome back Hell on Wheels!!!

  • Hillbilly

    is scheduled to premiere in third quarter 2013.

    That sucks! Why such a long wait? :mad:

  • Annonimous

    Hell yeah baby ! Every episode is little miracle. Especially i like music and camera work.

  • richard

    so, will john shiban be returning to breaking bad now?

  • Scooter

    If they hadn’t killed off Lily, I probably would have tuned in even after a lackluster season two. Now, not a chance.

  • EatMorePez

    The Lily character was the moral and emotional center of the show. I cannot believe they killed her off in the season 2 finale. I have very low expectations for season 3 now.

  • wallaby2012

    Lily the moral center of the show???? Really????? Sleeping with a married man????

    The Christian indian convert is better in that role – he has true conflicts with morality – be true to the indian culture, be true to Christ or be true to yourself.

    Lily character was nothing more than a woman seeking thrills in the wild west. I’m glad she is gone, this opens up new roads for Cullen.


  • Dave

    With no Lilly in season 3, i won’t be watching it.

  • Tyler

    Who said Lily is dead?

    There’s a realistic way she could be written back into the show! And it would potentially give Bohannon a chance to reevaluate his struggling, if not lack of, faith. She was lain at the end of the church tent after all, not buried. The fact that she was strangled and not shot or stabbed makes her return seem more likely.

    She ain’t dead…

  • Tom

    @ Tyler I thought that too. However, a fairly reliable source says: “….Producers assure me that they are hoping for and expecting a third season. They were also well aware that killing off Lily Bell might be unpopular with audience members, even those who have come to expect the unexpected from Hell on Wheels and other AMC shows.”


    And the producer’s are correct. Adios Hell On Wheels.

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