October 14, 2011


Though I’m still getting over the fact that we have to wait almost another year for the return of Breaking Bad, more great television is (hopefully) just around the corner. A new trailer has been released for AMC’s new series Hell on Wheels. The show takes place in post-Civil War America and tells the story of a former confederate soldier whose quest for vengeance leads him westward to work on the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad (wheels, get it?). AMC’s got a pretty great track record, and I like the idea of a serialized Western, so I’m definitely looking forward to checking this out.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Hell on Wheels premieres on AMC Sunday, November 6th, at 10/9c.

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s the official synopsis for Hell on Wheels:

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 have 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 documents the railroad’s incredible feat of engineering and construction as well as the 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.

In addition to Mount, Hell on Wheels stars musician/actor Common (Date Night) as Elam, Dominique McElligott (The Philanthropist) as Lily Bell, Colm Meaney (The Conspirator) as Durant, Ben Esler (The Pacific) as Sean McGinnes, Philip Burke (Mercy) as Mickey McGinnes and Eddie Spears (Into the West) as Brother Joseph.