'Hell on Wheels' Renewed for 13 Episode Season Four by AMC (Updated)

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November 14th, 2013



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New York – November 14, 2013 – AMC announced today that it renewed its original Western drama Hell on Wheels for an expanded fourth season. For its third season, Hell on Wheels was moved to Saturday – a day that AMC has traditionally devoted to classic Western films and television shows – and the show attracted a larger audience than it had in its second season on Sunday nights. In its third season, Hell on Wheels delivered an average audience of 3.3 million viewers, live and with three days of time shifting.


“John Wirth and his team on both sides of the camera delivered a remarkable third season and Hell On Wheels fans responded. We are so proud of this show and congratulate everyone who has contributed to its success,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “AMC has served passionate Western fans for three decades, so it is particularly gratifying to see these viewers capping off their Saturdays with an original Western on what has historically been a tough night of the week for television. Our commitment to the genre is unwavering and we look forward to continuing to super-serve this audience with an expanded fourth season of Hell on Wheels.”


The season four renewal is for 13 episodes, following 10 hours in each of its first three seasons. Hell on Wheels will return to AMC next summer.


Executive produced by showrunner John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Falling Skies, The Cape), Mark Richard and Jeremy Gold, EVP of Creative Affairs, Endemol Studios, and starring Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, and Common, Hell on Wheels was developed by Endemol USA. The series is produced by leading independent studio, Entertainment One (eOne) and Nomadic Pictures. 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.


About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and five out of the last six, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with The Walking Dead. AMC’s original drama series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels and Low Winter Sun.  The network will premiere two new drama series, Halt and Catch Fire and Turn, in 2014. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series including Comic Book Men, Small Town Security, Talking Dead and Freakshow. 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: Something More.

AMC has renewed drama Hell on Wheels for a thirteen episode fourth season. The drama was banished to Saturday nights after a lackluster season three performance, but its ratings grew on the less competitive night.

  • feariam

    Great news! But you mean lackluster season two performance :)

  • DeeAgeaux

    4th season after show was canceled and uncanceled after season two and so many here swore off the show because they killed off Lily Bell.

  • Dan

    Well this was expected but I’m still waiting for AMC to cancel Low Winter Sun.

  • Pants on Fire

    actually to cancel Low Winter Sun would mean mentioning the program & I am sure they do not want to even acknowledge it existed.

  • John A

    I dont watch this but Got to give it credit for holding its audience when moved to Saturday Nights.

  • Danny

    The first 2 seasons were awesome. And at the end of the second season I was surprised at all of the killing that took place. Lily Bells death was a big surprise. I don’t think season 3 was near as good as the first 2 seasons. But it was still entertaining and interesting.

  • Lorenzo


    The show was never cancelled and then uncancelled. You’re thinking of The Killing.

  • RJ


    AMC did put a hold on the renewal after the original showrunner left. Once they found a new one, it was officially renewed. It wasn’t cancelled then uncancelled, but it’s sort of the same thing.

  • DeeAgeaux


    When showrunners Joe and Tony Gayton left AMC said series producer/writer/director John Shiban would take over. Then John left and they cancelled the show. Some entertainment news outlets reported it as “renewal put on hold” until a replacement could be found. At the very least the show was in limbo.

  • LovingLostGirl

    Thank God HOW got renewed. Love Bohannon and can’t wait to see how he gets out of his “daddy” situation.

  • Tnhllblly06

    Great news for fans of the show, like myself. I personally thought that Season 3 was great, much better than Season 2. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.

  • P3TE

    I’m so glad this was renewed! It’s such a great show.

  • HeadlessHorseman

    Hell yeah! In all honesty though, anybody who thought it would be cancelled, given its ratings on Saturday, isn’t very smart.

    This show thrived on Saturdays with no lead in and almost no promotion from AMC. It averaged a .45 18-49 rating and the finale matched the season premiere with 2.5 million viewers and a .5 rating.

    LWS, despite airing behind Breaking Bad and receiving a ton of promotion, averaged only a .42 rating and pulled a pathetic .15 rating for its season, and likely series, finale.

  • iSayso

    Yup, great news! I’m certain both the railroad and series will see the sun set on the Pacific.

  • Imj06

    Put Lenny James on Walking Dead again and be done with the winter sun

  • reallypeople

    Unsurprising move by AMC… a solid performer on Saturday Nights (not including the L + 3) that somehow managed to outperform both LWS and TK.

    And, HOW was never cancelled than uncancelled. Bluntly, the showrunner John Shiban wavered in his commitment to the job and decided to leave (after agreeing to take the reins). They had to find another person for the job to satisfy the conditions of the show’s renewal. That’s not a “cancellation” or a show in “limbo.” They, simply had to honor the terms of the deal. Big difference.

    And the expansion of 3 additional episodes also, pending a complete collapse, indicates the intention for a final fifth season to the Golden Spike.

  • Andies

    Renewed this but canned the Killing?????

  • HeadlessHorseman

    I think Lennie James being cast in LWS was more about keeping him under contract than anything else. That way, when it’s time for him to return to TWD, he hasn’t signed on for another series on a different network, at which point they’d either have to write out his character or have to recast him.

  • HeadlessHorseman

    The Killing averaged .44 in adults 18-49 on a Sunday. Hell on Wheels averaged .45 in adults 18-49 on a Saturday. I don’t understand what’s so confusing about that.

  • Jazz

    This is a surprise. But, okay. I did like the end of season 3. I never liked Lily Bell but it made no sense to kill her off they way they did. And that new lady, the journalist, really doesn’t add much. But, they should have a lot of fun next season with Bohannon and The Mormons.

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