December 23, 2011 2:56pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
AMC Renews 'Hell on Wheels' for Second Season
AMC is going back to the Old West.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the cable network is expected to announce a formal renewal of the Western drama starring Anson Mount and Common in the coming days.
The series, which revolves around the building of the first transcontinental railroad, became AMC’s second-highest original series premiere when it launched in November behind the net’s zombie hit The Walking Dead, drawing 4.4 million total viewers, and an impressive 2.4 million in the key adults 18-49 demographic.
The Western now marks the fifth of six original series to stretch beyond freshman seasons as AMC continues to find success with scripted fare, joining Walking Dead, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Killing. In addition, the series has proven a valuable property internationally.
Hell on Wheels was created by Joe and Tony Gayton, who also executive produce alongside Endemol’s Jeremy Gold and John Shiban. The drama is produced by Entertainment One.
The Season 1 finale is set for Jan. 15.