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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

AMC reveals Hell on Wheels

AMC has just released the teaser for their brand new western series Hell on Wheels.  From the minute and a half of footage we get it looks fairly promising.  As a fan of westerns I am glad we are getting a new western on TV especially with the dearth of true westerns coming out of Hollywood the past few years.

The series will tell the story of a man seeking to avenge the death of his wife set to the backdrop of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.  The show will feature Anson Mount, Dominique McElligott, Colm Meaney and Common.  Hell on Wheels have no firm premiere date yet, but it will appear this year. 

I have to be honest and say that I have very high hopes for Hell on Wheels based almost entirely on the fact that it is coming from AMC.  They may have a ways to match the historical and consistent quality of an HBO, but over the past few years no one has broadcast more fine TV than AMC.  Whether you want to talk about Mad Men, The Walking Dead and now The Killing it is almost shocking the high level they are hitting with their scripted dramas.  If Hell on Wheels can come even close to the high bar set by those shows, we will be enjoying an incredible western for years to come.

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