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

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December 12th, 2012

via press release:

AMC RENEWS “Hell On Wheels

FOR A THIRD SEASON

JOHN WIRTH SIGNS ON AS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND SHOWRUNNER

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.

 

ABOUT AMC

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.

 

ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT ONE

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.

http://www.entertainmentonegroup.com/

 

ABOUT ENDEMOL USA

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.

 

ABOUT NOMADIC PICTURES

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.

 
  • Ella

    My 93-year-old great-grandfather loves this show. I am glad there’s at least one show on the air serving his demographic!

  • EatMorePez

    @wallaby2012

    Present day morality and 1860s frontier morality are two decidedly different things. But I have a feeling you just dislike women in general (based on your last sentence).

  • SarahL

    I thought this last season was completely tedious with nothing happening, but I am happy for its fans. Frankly, the new showrunner could take a few lessons from The Walking Dead’s third season; less talking, more action. Let Bohannan actual kill his enemies instead of boring us with the verbally jousting and hard stares.

  • Tyler

    @Tom

    Maybe the new showrunner will get things rolling in the right direction, and we’ll see her return. AMC has to know that by killing her off, they alienated a good 2/3rds of the audience. I’m not in it for the shipping of Bell and Bohannon but it was an integral part of the show and more or less the only reason my wife watched. Having not heard anything or read anything from Dominique McElligott herself; I’ll hold out for a little hope that she’ll return even if in a flashback capacity or if it takes a good half season for her to “come out of her coma”. Wink Wink.

  • Kathleen

    My heart sank when Lily Belle was apparently killed. She is a strong, female character that is definitely needed in that mostly lawless land. I don’t care HOW she may be “brought back”…just do it! If Lily Belle comes back, I’ll be back…to watching Hell on Wheels next season.

  • Tabitha

    @Tracy Hahaha I like the RENEWAL RABBIT. It could out run the big ole bear.

  • joe brooks

    Well I think they made a very big mistake killing off lilly. And as I said in another posting on another forum, like the walking dead….the more regular cast members you kill, the more you risk alienating your audience and getting the show cancelled!

    If producers don’t want their shows cancelled…. they had better give careful consideration as to who they kill off..and who they do not!

    Because if they kill off a major character and the show goes belly up, they have no one but themselves to blame!

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