Hell on Wheels Exclusive: Jennifer Ferrin Joining Season 3 as Series Regular

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Hell on Wheels Casts Jennifer Ferrin Season 3Jennifer Ferrin, who’s currently pursuing Kevin Bacon on The Following, is joining the third season of Hell on Wheels as a series regular, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The actress will play Louise Ellison, a smart, witty and flirtatious journalist hired by the New York Sun to cover the “story of the century” — the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Louise  imbues her work with an element of human emotion as well as thorough, blunt, truthful fact-finding. She is strong and independent and demands to be treated with the same respect that any man in her position would be given.

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The gig reunites Ferrin with her former Cape EP John Wirth, who was recently named Wheels‘ new showrunner.

In addition to The Following and The Cape, Ferrin’s resume includes stints on CBS’ late soap As the World Turns and ABC’s Life on Mars.

AMC’s period Western is slated to kick off its 10-episode third season this summer.

Comments (30)

  • I’m happy to see this talented actress finally start landing quite a bit of work the past couple years. She was FANTASTIC on ATWT, and when she left I thought she’d start landing parts left and right. It took a little while, but she’s finally starting to land a steady amount of gigs.

    Comment by George – April 11, 2013 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Isnt it god to see our ATWT’s people doing so well now? She turns up on many shows.

      Comment by tonilost – April 11, 2013 03:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I REALLY, REALLY hope Dominique McElligott comes back.

    Comment by Pamela – April 11, 2013 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I loved her and am such a huge fan of her as an actress now, but isnt her character as dead as can be? How could she come back?
      Lol i swear…this show, as much as i love the women…that Anson Mount as Cullen…id say my biggest man crush, tied with Jason Momoa in Game of Thrones. The manlyness…the facial hair…the badass-ery….the head hair….so awesome. Cant wait for more Hell on Wheels.
      Im shocked TVline, that you didnt make a article about last nights Psych…i dont think anyone saw the ending coming and its a HUGE milestone for the show. Would have loved an article on it with a interview with Maggie Lawson and Roday regarding the huge shocker.

      Comment by M3rc Nate – April 11, 2013 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • GMTA ………….Cullen and Ronon definitely ring bells for me

        Comment by Rosalee – April 14, 2013 05:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

      Comment by John Fogarty – April 25, 2013 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m really curious to see what they do with the show after the way things ended last season.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – April 11, 2013 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. It was a GREAT finale, but given how it ended, I have no idea what the show will be this season.

      Comment by wordsmith – April 11, 2013 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That ending explains why the original creators left. They told the story they wanted to tell, I guess. Now it’s a matter of seeing what kind of story the new show runner wants to tell in this world and whether or not it’ll be as compelling.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – April 11, 2013 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Safe bet the Swede will “resurrect” from his watery grave, his demise being left entirely up in the air. Last we saw, the mighty Nordic gravedigger was floating downstream, like a Viking boat waiting to be fired.

      Comment by John Fogarty – April 25, 2013 07:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh thank you for the implicit spoiler: it definitely means that she’ll be dead on The Following soon.

    Comment by Maria – April 11, 2013 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nope. Season 3 hasn’t even started filming yet. The Following finished filming about a month ago.

      Comment by Teag – April 11, 2013 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She’s the past girlfriend of Ryan Hardy right?

    Comment by Teag – April 11, 2013 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so happy she has found success after ATWT. Can’t wait to see her in the third season

    Comment by Julia – April 11, 2013 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jennifer Ferrin can easily be in both shows. Just like Natalie Zea – who plays Claire Mathews in The Following and Winona Hawkins in Justified. Enjoying the roles both ladies are playing.

    Comment by BobbieO – April 11, 2013 06:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Lily Bell, No me watching HOW bout that

    Comment by chatity – April 12, 2013 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excited to see hell on wheels & Jennifer to!

    Comment by Diane ferrin – April 14, 2013 08:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whoopdy doo
    She’s no lily bell
    If Lily ain’t back then I could care less
    There’s no replacing her

    Comment by Jenny – April 14, 2013 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I am almost there myself……………when they killed her I thought ‘okay why would I care watching him take over the railroad project, ie getting it built??
      No interest at all

      Comment by Rosalee – April 14, 2013 05:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was not happy when Lily was killed off. I just finished watching season 2 on netflix. I may not watch the show again when it is available on netflix next year with season 3.

      Comment by Bruce – August 1, 2013 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just want Lily back…………….I am not interested in introducing another love interest for Cullen………he was fine with Lily
    If she is not brought back, I hope Cullen finds out that it was the Swede who killed her

    Comment by Rosalee – April 14, 2013 05:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh, he did find out. That’s why he was leading him down the RR bridge, to hang him over the side. But the cunning codfish-eater leapt from his would be gallows and plummeted into the fast-moving stream below, ostensible “dead”. . . .
      . . . don’t bet on it. Der Svede vill be bock, jah. Ass nassty ass effer, jah.

      Comment by John Fogarty – April 25, 2013 08:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Swell. Now they can kill her off the minute that Cullen connects with her. Three times the charm for recylcling THAT particular plot.

    Comment by Veronica – April 15, 2013 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i also want to see lily come bk, her and cullen had such chemistry, i won’t watch if she is really gone and have never missed an episode

    Comment by sandy – May 31, 2013 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • all we have is dreams, flashbacks and memories….of our poor lilly…….. sadly. R.I.P.

    Comment by tim camden – August 4, 2013 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is it on at 6 am? I’m sure the followers all recording it like myself! Is it true that they lost some of their original creators? I accidently stumbled onto this series on Netflicks. It’s our favorite show, that and Longmire! However, Hell on Wheels IS much better! I can see how people of other nationalities would be really offended in our society today but this is who the old west was! It’s a very authentic show of the old west era. I’m sure that’s the reason that it never made it to prime time and on the 3 major networks. It sure is a great show!

    Comment by nellywelly – August 18, 2013 08:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHY kill lily off?? I HATE the Swede and I HATE Durant!!!

    Comment by johnbianitello – September 2, 2013 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHY kill off Lilly???? I HATE Durant and I HATE the SWEDE!!!!

    Comment by john ianitello – September 2, 2013 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Lilly = Much lower viewer numbers. The writers could easily put a plot together that
    had Ruth discovering her still alive, hiding her, and getting her out of town. Cullen could
    have discovered he buried a coffin with someone else inside……….Just a thought………….

    She is missed and I have had a significant withdrawal of enthusiasm for the show.

    Comment by Pam Thompson – September 11, 2013 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As alluded to so often, the “killing-off” of Lily was as rude-to-the-audience as it gets in series-decision-making. She actually upstaged the rest of the supporting cast in acting ability as well as in character development. Okay, the “Swede” was exceptionally well-done in the despicable-villain-developing department.

    I watched the opening episode of season 3 and, just as expected, I now have utter contempt for the show and now notice all the aspects of the show that I had previously tolerated in season one and two.

    Most notably: “The Chin.” Is anyone not good and sick n’ tired of looking at that, and on a particularly unlikable character, on top of it all. Then, of course, every other line with “common”‘s scenes in the new season, is obviously going to be with that tedious, drippingly over-the-top, “racial-theme” “thing.”

    The charismatic, enormously likable lily dies, and “The Chin” lives! Huh!? What does the producers have against us?

    That’s it for me. I’m un-DVRing the rest of “Hell On Wheels,” season 3. They ruined a rare, good western (the “Deadwood” legacy has nothing to fear). The producers of the ruined “Hell On Wheels” aren’t worthy of employment.

    Comment by Ed – October 4, 2013 12:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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