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AMC's original Western drama "Hell on Wheels," will return for an expanded fourth season of 13 episodes on Saturday, August 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The new season of the series, which stars Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and Common, will air in two parts with the first 10 episodes running consecutively through Saturday, October 4, before taking a hiatus during the networks annual FearFest programming, and returning for the final three episodes beginning on Saturday, November 8.
"Hell On Wheels" shifted to the Saturday night slot last year to partner with the network's already successful Western programming on Saturdays, and delivered an average audience of 3.3 million viewers, live plus 3. Additionally, the series nearly doubled (+97%) the network's Saturday prime average and was +152% higher than the total day average. For season four, the network will once again package the series with favorite Western titles, including the films, "The Horse Whisperer," "Tombstone," and "Jeremiah Johnson," and the network premiere of the mini-series, "Comanche Moon."
"We're thrilled to bring 'Hell on Wheels' back for another season. Its success on Saturday night reflects the strength and broad appeal of the show, and we're incredibly excited to share the continuation of this story with the millions of loyal 'Hell On Wheels' fans," said Joel Stillerman, AMC's executive Vice president of original programming, production and digital.
Season Three of "Hell On Wheels" ended with Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) Married to a pregnant Naomi and living in the Mormon fort where the Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) was impersonating church leader, Bishop Dutson; Thomas "Doc" Durant (Colm Meaney) back in control of the Union Pacific Railroad which had successfully expanded westward to Cheyenne; and Elam (Common), gravely injured by a bear while searching for the missing Cullen. As Season Four unfolds, civilization makes its way west with the railroad, bringing with it men who attempt to do with their pens what rougher men did in seasons past with their guns. Conflict between government and big business, ranchers, homesteaders and the railroad will continue to define the drama as all of those interests compete with one another for control of Cheyenne, Wyoming, the "Magic City of the Plains," and the most important railroad HUB in the country. The season will also introduce several new characters including John Campbell (Jake Weber, "Medium," "The Following").
"We're excited about the stories we're telling in season four," said series executive producer and showrunner, John Wirth. "The consequences of the stories we told last year will continue to reverberate throughout the season, and fans can expect to see some shocking events that will not only change the lives of our characters, but the landscape of the series as the railroad continues its relentless march westward."
"Hell On Wheels" is executive produced by showrunner John Wirth ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Falling Skies," "The Cape"), Mark Richard and Jeremy Gold, executive vice-president, Creative Affairs, Endemol Studios, who developed the series at Endemol USA. Paul Kurta serves as co-executive producer. The series is produced by leading independent studio, Entertainment One Television (eOne) and Nomadic Pictures. Entertainment One Television's CEO John Morayniss and EVP U.S. Scripted Television Michael Rosenberg oversee production in partnership with producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes from Nomadic Pictures. "Hell on Wheels" also stars Jennifer Ferrin as Louise Ellison, Robin McLeavy as Eva, Phil Burke as Mickey McGinnes, Kasha Kropinski as Ruth and Dohn Norwood as Psalms.
eOne is the worldwide distributor and licensed television rights in Europe to Endemol. As a leading international content distributor, eOne also handles worldwide rights for DVD/Blu-ray, VOD and digital distribution.
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with "The Walking Dead." AMC's original drama series include "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," "Hell on Wheels," "Turn," "Halt and Catch Fire" and the forthcoming "Breaking Bad" spinoff, "Better Call Saul." AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like "Comic Book Men," "Small Town Security," "Talking Dead," "Game of Arms" and "Freakshow." AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.
About Entertainment One Television (eOne):
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks. Through strong relationships with broadcasters and content providers, eOne Television International has successfully sold eOne's original and third-party productions to over 500 broadcasters in 150 countries, including key US networks and international pay TV channels. For more information please visit http://www.entertainmentonegroup.com or follow us on Twitter @eOne_TV.
Endemol is the largest independent television and digital studio in the world, comprised of a global network of around 90 companies in more than 30 countries. It is a leading producer of television programming, specializing in unscripted and scripted genres for network and cable television. Endemol USA produces hit series, including "Big Brother" (CBS); "Wipeout" (ABC); "Freakshow" (AMC); and the Syndicated daytime show, "Steve Harvey." Endemol USA is also known for some of the most popular non-scripted Primetime programming in North America, including "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Fear Factor." Endemol Studios is the scripted television studio operation for Endemol North America. Scripted series include "Hell on Wheels" (AMC) and "Navy St." (DirecTV). Endemol Beyond USA is a premium content network, featuring exclusive digital content with mainstream, Youtube and web-native talent, ranging from Michelle Phan to Matty B., Brittany Furlan and Drea de Matteo. Endemol USA's subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment ("Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"), 51 Minds ("Flavor of Love"), Original Media ("Comic Book Men") and True Entertainment ("Real Housewives of Atlanta"). Endemol USA is a division of the Endemol Group, a leading international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands, has over 80 subsidiaries and joint ventures in over 30 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. Endemol is a privately held company. For more information, please visit www.endemolusa.tv.
ABOUT NOMADIC PICTURES
Nomadic Pictures is a Calgary based production Company developing, financing and producing features, MOW's and TV series. In 18 years, Nomadic has produced over 50 projects and remains one of the most active production companies in Canada. In 2004, Nomadic won three Daytime Emmy(R) Awards for "The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie," starring James Caan, Kevin Zegers and Gena Rowlands. In 2005 Nomadic co-produced AMC's first scripted original mini-series, "Broken Trail," starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church, which went on to win four Primetime Emmy(R) Awards including Best Mini-Series for Nomadic.