It was on, then it was off, now it's back on again. After a brief hiccup, AMC has officially renewed Hell on Wheels, its post-Civil War drama, for a third season of 10 episodes due to premiere in the second half of 2013. The decision was finally worthy of a press release once the network found a showrunner in veteran John Wirth.
In late October, word broke that AMC had renewed the series for a third season, but that it would continue without its creators Joe and Tony Gayton. John Shiban was expected to stick around at the time. But just days later, Shiban jumped off the train, leaving the series without a leader and putting its future on hold.
Enter Wirth, whose recent credits include executive producer and consulting producer labels on The Cape, V, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Though his last projects were all in the science-fiction genre, Wirth has experience with Westerns as a producer on The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.