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‘Hell on Wheels’ Season 3 Is Back on Track

AMC finds a new showrunner and officially renews its western series… for the second time this year.

Back in October, AMC renewed “Hell on Wheels” for a third season while announcing the departure of series creators Joe and Tony Gayton. However, the network quickly halted the third season order when “Hell on Wheels” showrunner John Shiban also left the series.

While the renewal of the series was contingent upon finding a new showrunner, “Hell on Wheels” is once again set for a third season according to Deadline. Veteran TV producer, John Wirth will be the new showrunner for season three once he finishes up his stint as a consultant on the upcoming third season of TNT’s “Falling Skies.”

Wirth previously served as the showrunner of NBC’s “The Cape” and co-showrunner of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Wirth’s other TV credits include “The District,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Nash Bridges” and “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.;” which was also a western series (with some sci-fi elements) starring Bruce Campbell in the title role.

In a statement to Deadline, AMC’s Senior Vice President of Scripted Development, Susie Fitzgerald said “As we gear up for season three of ‘Hell On Wheels’ we are pleased to have such an accomplished showrunner as John Wirth join our team. With the help of our partners at Entertainment One, Endemol and Nomadic, we look forward to a new season of the poetic and pulpy adventures of Cullen Bohannan and the other characters as they build the railroad across the US.”

A start date for “Hell on Wheels” season three has not yet been set, but the series is likely to return to AMC in 2013.