‘Hell on Wheels’ Season 3 Delayed as Showrunner Drops Out

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Hell on Wheels Season 3 Delay The Preacher ‘Hell on Wheels’ Season 3 Delayed as Showrunner Drops OutFans of AMC’s brutal revisionist western Hell on Wheels had much to celebrate earlier this week. Despite a significant drop in viewership during season 2, AMC announced that it had renewed the series for another run of ten episodes.

Just days after that well-received announcement, a new press release states that AMC has temporarily suspended pre-production of Hell on Wheels’ season 3, after the departure of its main showrunner.

EW reports that John Shiban, the former writer/producer who was appointed Hell on Wheels showrunner, has dropped out of the production. Shiban issued a statement that cited no specific reason for his exit; a concurrent statement by AMC and production companies Entertainment One and Endemol says that Shiban left as the result of a, “personal decision.” So far, it appears that the split was sudden but amicable; Shiban praises the Hell on Wheels creative team as a, “. . . wonderful group of very talented people.”

Without John Shiban at the helm, Hell on Wheels finds itself lacking a single creative voice to guide the new season. As such, AMC has declared season 3 of the series on hold until Shiban’s replacement can be found. According to Entertainment Weekly, previous showrunners Joe and Tony Gayton remain as creative consultants but have not been considered to return to the series’ main chair. No names were shared as possible candidates for the top spot.

Hell on Wheels Season 3 Delay The Swede ‘Hell on Wheels’ Season 3 Delayed as Showrunner Drops OutThough this is certainly disheartening news for anyone clamoring for new episodes of Hell on Wheels, it may only be a slight bend in the tracks. AMC and its production companies have shown a knack for attracting solid talent. If anyone can reel in a new creative voice to guide Hell on Wheels – and do so quickly – it’s the same people who have shown great turnaround time for shows like The Walking Dead.

That said, one can’t help but wonder how this will affect the eventual scope and substance of the show itself. If Entertainment One and Endemol choose a showrunner outside the current Hell on Wheels creative team, the unfamiliar influence of this new voice could radically alter the series’ future. The previous choice of show veteran Shiban indicates that this is not a likely outcome, but everything is more or less up in the air at this point. Anything can happen, and this might lead to a very different sort of direction for the soot-caked western.

Hell on Wheels is still scheduled to begin production in spring of 2013, but its actual air date has yet to be determined.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. we just can’t wait for the Season3 OF Hell On Wheels! i love this series,i hope u will not stop producation as it is a part of History!


    • my wife and I watch hell on wheels every week it is on, I have it programed into my TiVo so we never miss anything. ppppplease, make sure it comes back on!

  2. Trying to patiently wait…
    You’re not making this easy guys, please give us an update at least!
    Are you bringing H.O.W. back? Yes or No?

  3. Ok it’s not all bad once another showrunner can continue Hell on Wheels.
    And if AMC has a knack for finding talent then the replacement showrunner will be aware of the show’s delicate circumstances. I’m sure it can be good stkll.

    Glad for Hell on Wheels continuation.

  4. Bring it back. We miss all the characters and the historical adventure. Pick a date and let the trains roll

  5. pease coe bak on

  6. An awesome western about the early days of the railroad……

  7. Please bring it back! LOVE this show – Need to see it again soon!

  8. I was going to say that I still had it scheduled on my DirecTV DVR 50 series, but that’s Longmire (another good show). However, I’ll keep searching for 2013 Hell on Wheels to add it back. I can’t stand “Reality TV” and thanks to AMC for providing us with such high quality programming and talent. Hell on Wheels is a top favorite at our house. We’ve also caught Anson Mount’s other TV projects such as Red Widow (brief but well-done) and Seal Team Six. Colm Meaney is a seasoned perennial entertainer whom we like too. And Christopher Heyerdahl and Common; who could deny their chops? I like to see any/all of these chaps host SNL.


  10. I think the show “Hell on Wheels” is great,loved it! Can,t wait for the 3rd season, please keep it goin! Thanks,Jeri Billiot

  11. Pls bring “Hell On Wheels’ back asap I really miss it. It is one of my favorite shows.

  12. Well let’s get someone in there to do the job and get on with the show…. I am waiting… when will the new season begin now…

  13. Please bring the show back. Need more good westerns like this one. Love it.

  14. I think this series is the best Western Series ever. I’m 56 and have seen ever Western serried! I think this is even better than Lonsone Dove”. All of my family and friends can’t wait for season three!!!!

  15. Hell on Wheels is a show I NEVER miss. My husband and I watch together – Such a welcome departure from mindless “reality” shows.
    Come on AMC – GOOD TV is harder and harder to find – and H.O.W. is GREAT TV. Teaches much about a breach in history books that has previously been grossly overlooked in the past. …IMPATIENTLY waiting …

  16. OH, I wish they would hurry up and put Hell On Wheels, back on the air.
    Can’t wait for Season 3!

  17. Can hardly wait. Please don’t drop. Tired of seeing good shows be dropped. Just teasers.

  18. They better come back wit it or john shiban getjn a beat down that’s for sure

  19. Gunner yer a b$&@h I bet u watch kardashians an real housewife of alanta an get all happy feelin inside hell on wheels is one of the best shows on tv beside walkin dead Cullen rocks an so does Rick grimes my favorite shows

  20. Missed all of season 2 because of the AMC and Dish ordeal. Have been so excited for season 3. Please make it happen!! They probably lost viewers because if that.

  21. I’m ready for my Cameo Anson mount I come in from the WHORES DAY DREAM.

  22. AMC can be counted on for something good to watch whether its a old movie or the brilliant original series. But you underestimate your audience. Not everyone has a Neilson box. Those without one want you to know we love Hell On Wheels. We count too.

  23. Hurry up they r loosing more and more viewers the longer the mess Around keep this up there won’t b another season .

  24. Hell on Wheels is great, be glad when it gets back on.

  25. Letting Lily Bell die was a shock!! But even with her gone. Myself and many others I know would be highly upset if the serious did not go on. At the least please do a finale for us viewers who love the show!! Thank you

  26. well i hear it will be back on aug.3 and i cant wait . i will miss lily so much wish yall could bring her back.

  27. This sounds like bullsh*t, creativity is a natural occurance, the viewers could write it.

    • occurence

  28. I love this show! Kept me sane while deployed, please bring it back!!!