Did you catch the premier of AMC’s new period Wester drama, “Hell on Wheels.” I missed it but after reading a bit about it, it sounds like one to put on the DVR! It was the second-most-watched series premier, second only to “The Walking Dead,” behind which it premiered. The show is set just after the Civil War and follows  a Confederate soldier on a mission for revenge of the Union soldiers who killed his wife. In the process, the man comes face-to-face with the new nation-wide railroad that’s in the process of being built.

It’s definitely a period of time with plenty of fodder for an engaging and long-lasting drama. And with 4.4 million viewers tuning in on the first night, it’ll likely be around for a while.

Stars include Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and Common, set against a backdrop that is at once “a political pressure-cooker, a violent vendetta-driven drama and a fascinating portrait of an evolving country” according to the Hollywood Insider.


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