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AMC needs more Hell on Wheels

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Once upon a time, I sat down on my couch to watch the latest drama from AMC with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. The series, Hell on Wheels, promised a look at the end of the Civil War and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. My excitement quickly evaporated, as the series was less in the vein of The Walking Dead and Mad Men, and more similar to dreck like The Killing. I rapidly removed it from my DVR, never to give it another chance. A lot of critics took similar stances, but the series unquestionably has a solid fan base that will be excited by today's news that it is coming back for a third season sometime in 2013.

Ten episodes have been ordered of the Western, which stars Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon, a Confederate soldier who looks for the Union soldiers who murdered his family. Common also stars in the series as a former slave trying to find his place in the world.

The series dropped to an average of 2.4 million viewers in its second season after drawing 3 million per episode in its first year. Another drop like that and I don't think AMC will be so kind with the purse strings.

 


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Show:
- Hell on Wheels
Network:
- amc

Written by: Hamatosan
Oct 29th, 2012, 6:16 am

Anonymous

Message Posted On Oct 4th, 2013, 12:53 am
Hell on Wheels is an excellent TV show, with a great deal of sensitive detail under the skin. Not sure what people don't see in it as it is definitely one of the 'better shows' produced at this time.
EvoQ

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Since: 19/Sep/12
Message Posted On Nov 2nd, 2012, 1:15 pm

TY Viewers ALWAYS Love a Western , it's a go that most any TV Show with a Western inspiration will be a fan favorite. While "Hell on Wheels" is not your typical Western, it does have Cowboys and it does have Indians. WaLa instant Western theme. What makes "Hell on Wheels" the success that it is, is a Solid cast. Anson Mount as Bohannon, and Colm Meany as Bohannon's Nemisis Thomas Durant, the Rich RailRoad Tycoon, and even Common comes across in a favoable light as the Negor Slave turned Freed man going after a White Woman of ill repute. 

 I would love to see this show expand intoa historical show. This particular time in United States History is chock full of intrigue and can build on story lines with the rise of the underclass fighting for their place in society. But ofcourse the Indians as usual get the shaft, the one Indian Actor seemed to not have much of an arc to build on. On one episode when the Indian brothers were at odds over the railroad when the true Indian brother raced the Locomotive that could have been the start to some very good arcs but again, it seems just when this show really starts to shine the writing fails misserablly and falls flat. But it is worth a watch if only to see Bohannon wiggle his way out of skirmish after skirmish every week. 

Hamatosan

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Since: 02/Aug/12
Message Posted On Oct 30th, 2012, 4:12 am

baddie, so it is worth giving a second chance to?

bad_subject

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Message Posted On Oct 29th, 2012, 12:34 pm

Man, Hell on Wheels is really intelligent. Lots of careful attention to accuracy going on. I adored the first season.

 

Chrononaut

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Points: 1.5
Since: 02/Aug/12
Message Posted On Oct 29th, 2012, 6:25 am

I couldn't get into it either. Definitely not up to the AMC standard. Cool for the people who like it, though.

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