AMC has announced that the fifth and final season of western drama Hell On Wheels will kick off on July 18th at 9pm, returning to the Saturday night time-slot it has occupied since the third season back in 2013.
Employing the same scheduling device they used with both Breaking Bad and Mad Men, the network is splitting the show’s final season into two distinct runs. The first seven episodes will air on Saturday nights this Summer, while the remaining seven episodes are being benched until 2016.
“‘Hell on Wheels’ continues to be an epic journey in every way,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of Programming. “The amazing and passionate team of writers, producers, cast and crew, led by John Wirth, are pulling out all the stops to make this final season as compelling, dramatic and intense as the actual building of the railroad was. We’re incredibly excited to share this part of the story with the large and loyal audience who have supported this show from the beginning.”
Created by Joe and Tony Gayton, Hell On Wheels examines the institutionalized greed and corruption behind the building of America’s Transcontinental Railroad as loyalties are abandoned and the race between the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines intensifies. The drama series is produced by eOne and stars Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Ediie Spears, Ben Ester and Phil Burke.
In the show’s fifth season, Cullen Bohannon finds himself a stranger in a strange land – the mountain town of Truckee, Calif., home to the Central Pacific Railroad. This rough railroad town teems with thousands of Chinese workers, foreign in language, culture and traditions. Despite the challenges of corralling his new workforce, Cullen leads the Herculean effort to tunnel through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, sometimes achieving only inches a day in the race to complete the first Transcontinental Railroad.