On Sun., Aug. 12 at 9/8c, the second season of Hell on Wheels continues its epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a former Confederate soldier, and his dramatic journey west as he struggles to leave his past behind. Executive produced by John Shiban (Breaking Bad, The X-Files), Joe and Tony Gayton (Faster, Uncommon Valor) and Endemol USA’s Jeremy Gold, the show depicts the traveling town known as Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot that follows and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad.Hell on Wheels also stars Common as Elam Ferguson; Colm Meaney as Thomas “Doc” Durant;Dominique McElligott as Lily Bell; Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede; Robin McLeavy as Eva;Tom Noonan as Reverend Cole; Ben Esler as Sean McGinnes; Philip Burke as Mickey McGinnes; and Eddie Spears as Joseph Black Moon. The series is executive produced by Endemol USA with Entertainment One (eOne) serving as the studio.
Hell on Wheels underscores the network’s commitment to the Western, following its first original mini-series event, Broken Trail. The mini-series premiere, in Jun. 2006, was the second-most-watched cable movie since 1995 and delivered the network record ratings, including an average 7.7 household rating and nearly 10 million total viewers over its two-night airing.*
“AMC’s commitment to the Western is long-standing, and the genre is an important part of our brand and history as a channel,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC. “In Hell on Wheels, AMC is creating another epic and enduring American story.”
The series documents the first transcontinental railroad’s engineering and construction as well as institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of newly emancipated African-Americans during Reconstruction. Hell on Wheels chronicles this potent turning point in our nation’s history and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.
*Source: Nielsen, 1/2/95-6/26/06. Ranking based on HH delivery (000) among all individual movie telecasts on all cable networks (ad supported, pay, and other).