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AMC Renews ‘Hell on Wheels’ For Third Season

Cullen Bohannon will be back in 2013, but the “Hell on Wheels” creators are stepping aside.

In 2013, Cullen Bohannon and “Hell on Wheels” will rise again.

AMC has officially ordered a third season of “Hell on Wheels” that will run for ten episodes. However, Deadline is reporting that “Hell on Wheels” creators, Joe and Tony Gayton are relinquishing their roles as executive producers on the series. However, John Shiban will remain with the series as the showrunner.

The report notes that the Gaytons may remain on the series as consulting producers, but the duo recently sold a drama project to NBC about college graduate who finds himself acting as a courier for a criminal organization.

During its second season on AMC, “Hell on Wheels” averaged approximately 2.4 million viewers per episode, down from nearly 3 million in the first season. However, “Hell on Wheels” season 2 wasn’t covered on Dish Network nor was it given the luxury of “The Walking Dead’ as a lead in which it capitalized on during the first season.

For the third season of “Hell on Wheels,” it’s a pretty safe bet that Mount will remain with the series and that Common will reprise his role as Elam Ferguson. However, the second season finale seemed to suggest a few cast members may not be returning due to death or imprisonment.

A premiere date for “Hell on Wheels” season 3 has not been announced, but it will likely be in the summer or fall of 2013.