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

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November 14th, 2013



Updated With Network Press Release:




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.

  • Tom

    Of course Hell On Wheels was renewed. Doesn’t anyone remember that the cancellation bear was slain in the final episode?

  • CCV

    About damn time. If AMC was on the fence, I don’t know what they were expecting. Averaging 2 mil live on Saturday nights was as much as could’ve been hoped for. Definitely not a top tier show, but a really good one that’s improved consistently.

  • Spartacus 6666

    One of the best shows around. A marked improvement over season 2. Looking forward till next season and hope they end the show properly.

  • HeadlessHorseman

    Hahaha! Best comment I’ve read in a while.

  • iSayso

    Hey, you know Bo’s gonna baptize the church lady.

  • CCV

    More screen time for Dohn Norwood please.

  • Kirk

    Junk like this gets renewed for a Season 4, unlike great series like The Killing and Rubicon. George Carlin was right, the public sucks.

  • Jon

    Kind of surprised this got renewed with less than stellar ratings. Just read an article the other day that this show was expected to be canned.

  • Feedback

    Last episode I saw was the Season 2 2-hour premiere. I didn’t particularly enjoy it. Everyone else told me that Season 2 got worse as it went. Apparently Season 3 was good, but until they kill off Common’s annoying character, I can’t see myself digging this show.

  • Carl

    This show was obviously an attempt by AMC to make a dark western like HBO’s Deadwood. Just like AMC came out with LWS to have a gritty cop drama like The Shield and The Wire to enhance their programming offerings with Breaking Bad running it’s course and Mad Men having a split final season they’ll drag out for 2 years like Breaking Bad. The results of these efforts have been mixed, and now AMC will be hanging its hat on the Walking Dead, a Waking Dead spinoff, and the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. The future for AMC is going to be interesting.

  • HeadlessHorseman

    *SPOILER* Look away if you don’t want to know anything about the season 3 finale!


    If you hate Elam, you’ll LOVE the season 3 finale!

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