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AMC Picks Up Hell On Wheels

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AMC Picks Up <i>Hell On Wheels</i>

AMC has given a series order to Hell on Wheels, the period drama revolving around the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad, Deadline reports. The order is thought to be for 10 episodes, including the pilot.

The Western, developed by reality-show producer Endemol USA, will fill a vacancy on the cable channel’s schedule left by the cancellation of the political thriller Rubicon.

Created by brothers Joe and Tony Gayton, Hell on Wheels centers on former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Conviction‘s Anson Mount), whose quest for vengeance has led him to the Union Pacific Railroad’s westward construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad. The series also stars Common (Terminator Salvation), Dominique McElligott (Moon), Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Layer Cake), Ben Esler (The Pacific), Philip Burke (Law & Order, Mercy) and Eddie Spears (Into the West).

Here’s the official description for the series, courtesy of Endemol:

“Hell on Wheels” tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (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.

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