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.