Created/written by Joe and Tony Gayton, developed by Endemol, "Hell On Wheels" is set in post-Civil War America, following former Confederate soldier 'Cullen Bohannan' (Anson Mount), whose "...quest for vengeance" has led him westward to work on the construction of the first 'Transcontinental Railroad'.
"We are thrilled to bring 'Hell On Wheels' to series," said Joel Stillerman, AMC's SVP of original programming, production and digital content. "AMC's commitment to the western is long standing, and the genre is an important part of our brand and history as a channel.
"...'Hell on Wheels' tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife.
"His journey takes him west to 'Hell On Wheels,' a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time.
"The series examines the railroad's institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction. Over time, 'Hell on Wheels' chronicles this potent turning point in our nation's history, and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be..."