Hell on Wheels gets third season greenlight

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Entertainment One announced Wednesday that Hell on Wheels has been renewed for a 10-episode third season.

U.S. TV writer and producer John Wirth is also on board as exec producer and showrunner for the next season.

“As we gear up for season three of Hell on Wheels we are pleased to have such an accomplished showrunner as John Wirth join our team. With the help of our partners Entertainment One, Endemol and Nomadic, we look forward to a new season of the poetic and pulpy adventures of Cullen Bohannan and the other charcters as they build the railroad across the U.S.,” said AMC SVP of scripted development and current programming Susie Fitzgerald in a statement.

The series, produced by eOne and Calgary-based Nomadic Pictures and shot in Alberta, focuses on “Hell on Wheels,” the town that travels alongside the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. The series examines the railroad’s corruption and the immigrant experience.

Hell on Wheels stars Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and musician-actor Common.

The series, created by Joe and Tony Gayton, was developed by Endemol USA and is produced by eOne and Nomadic Pictures.

Endemol’s Jeremy Gold serves as exec producer, along with Mark Richard. eOne’s John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg oversee production in partnership with Nomadic co-producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes. Joel Stillerman, Susie Fitzgerald and Jason Fisher oversee production for AMC. Joe and Tony Gayton serve as consultants on the series.

The series is produced with assistance from the Alberta government and the Alberta Film Development Program.

Endemol holds TV distribution rights for the series in Europe. eOne handles rights in the remaining territories, and worldwide rights for DVD/Blu-ray, VOD and digital.

The third season is slated to premiere in late 2013.