TCA Summer Press Tour: AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” brings back the Westerns

By Barb Oates

A gritty new Western will be rolling in this fall when AMC debuts Hells on Wheels Nov. 6 at 10pm ET/PT.  It’s a wild wild West and we’re in for this ride for the longhaul.  The series looks at the struggles and hardships of rebuilding and repairing our country after the Civil War. It  follows a Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and his quest for revenge after the death of his wife.

For Mount, this role returns him to his childhood play. “I can’t believe I’m not having to pay them [to do this],” he laughs. After all, jumping on a horse and riding around all day playing cowboy can have its perks.

“Wait till the people from Chicago see me doing this,” adds costar Dominique McElligott

The series touches on everything from the greed and corruption with the railroad expansion to the ravaging of the Native American land and the people, to the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans.  Although politically incorrect at times, executives say “we’re not going to shy away from that.”

“The network is really letting us get away with a lot,” Mount said. And that we like.