Hell, Yeah: AMC Orders Post-Civil War Drama

AMC has announced its pick up of Hell On Wheels, a new drama series set in post-Civil War America and centered on a former Confederate soldier whose quest for vengeance leads him to work on the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

“We are thrilled to bring Hell On Wheels to series,” says AMC’s SVP of original programming, Joel Stillerman. “AMC’s commitment to the Western is long-standing, and the genre is an important part of our brand and history as a channel.”

Per AMC’s press release, Hell On Wheels tells “the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (named Cullen Bohannan, played by Anson Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to ‘Hell on Wheels,’ a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. The series examines the railroad’s institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction. Over time, Hell On Wheels chronicles this potent turning point in our nation’s history, and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.”

Says Nevins, “This show has some incredibly original twists and turns and a contemporary sensibility that we think will bring a very broad audience to our newest drama series.”

To be shot in Alberta, Canada, Hell On Wheels also stars musician/actor Common (Just Wright) as Elam; Dominique McElligott (The Philanthropist) as Lily Bell; Colm Meaney (Get Him to the Greek) as Thomas “Doc” Durant; Ben Esler (The Pacific) as Sean McGinnes; Philip Burke (Mercy) as Mickey McGinnes; and Eddie Spears (Into the West) as Joseph Black Moon.

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