Hell on Wheels is an upcoming American dramatic television series created and produced by Joe and Tony Gayton. Set in 1865, the series stars Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier who is determined to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who murdered his wife. The series will be broadcast in the United States on the cable channel AMC. It is developed by Endemol USA, under the stewardship of senior vice-president of scripted programming Jeremy Gold, and is produced by Entertainment One and Nomadic Pictures. It is due to premiere on November 6, 2011.
After breaking the Western mold with the hit mini-series "Broken Trail," AMC returns to the genre with the epic drama "Hell On Wheels," starring Anson Mount (City by the Sea, Cook County), Common (Just Wright, Date Night), Colm Meaney (Get Him to the Greek), Dominique McElligott (Moon), Ben Esler (The Pacific), Philip Burke (Mercy), and Eddie Spears (Into the West). The series is written and produced by Joe and Tony Gayton (Faster, Murder By Numbers) and John Shiban (X-Files, Breaking Bad). The project is developed by Endemol USA and Jeremy Gold, Endemol USA's SVP of scripted programming serves as executive producer. David Goldberg is Chairman of Endemol North America. The pilot is directed by David von Ancken (Californication, Seraphim Falls). "Hell On Wheels," is set to premiere on the network with a ten episode run on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 10PM ET/PT.
"Hell On Wheels" transports audiences back to post Civil War America and examines the struggles and hardships of rebuilding and repairing our country after the bloodiest war on American soil. The series examines the railroad's institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during Reconstruction, and the ravaging of the Native American land and people, in the name of progress. The main throughline of "HELL ON WHEELS" is the story of Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and his quest for revenge over the wartime death of his wife. 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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