AMC Renews Western Drama Hell on Wheels for Fifth and Final Season

Here's another reason to stay in on Saturday nights: AMC has renewed its period drama Hell on Wheels for a fifth and final season of 14 episodes, which will keep the show on the air through 2016. 

Yep, 2016. Following in the footsteps of its network brethren Breaking Bad and Mad Men, Hell on Wheels will split its final season into two halves, with the first seven episodes airing during the summer of 2015, and the final seven the following summer. 

Splitting seasons is slowly becoming a common practice at cable networks (see also: Starz's Outlander), but this announcement is likely the result of AMC trying to ease the burden of losing too many of its established series at once. Saying goodbye to both Mad Men and Hell on Wheels in the same year would be especially rough for the network, which hasn't had much luck reproducing the success it's achieved on the backs of Don Draper and Walter White. Both Turn and Halt and Catch Fire have been renewed for second seasons, but neither performed nearly as well as expected. And just last week the network opted not to move forward with either of its two big drama pilots, Knifeman and Galyntine, despite its renewed focus on scripted programming (the network canceled all but two of its reality series in October). 

But hey, who's going to complain about spending more time with Anson Mount's Cullen Bohannon? The news of his continued journey comes just one day before the show is set to return for the final three episodes of Season 4, which has been averaging 3.4 million total viewers in its Saturdays-at-9pm timeslot. That's good enough for me.


Are you excited for more Hell on Wheels? Bummed to know that it's coming to an end?


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May 17, 2015
Love the show!!! I have been watching since the very first show. I will be saddened to see it end.
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Mar 22, 2015
Hell on wheels is one of the best shows that you have on your channel please do not take it off. everytime yall get a good show you stop it. I have to pay to watch your channel and I don't think its fair we have to watch crap all the time and you take shows like this off the air.
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Mar 15, 2015
Please don't take it off the air.. feels like there is more story to tell to bring it full circle..... Love the cast members, can't think of 1 character I don't like....
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Mar 15, 2015
I LOVE HELL ON WHEELS....
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Mar 15, 2015
I wasn't a big fan of western But when i saw Hell On Wheels I Love it this is one of the BEST WESTERN MOVIE EVER WATCH IT'S SIDE BY SIDE WITH PURGATORY.STANDING OVATION JOB WITH THE MAKING OF HELL ON WHEELS.THE BEST ACTORS.....GONNA MISS THIS FILM WHEN IT'S GONE.....
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Jan 28, 2015
I am very disappointed that "Hell On Wheels" will end with season 5 this year. It is the best program/show on TV and well worth viewing. Take some of the JUNK shows off and leave the good ones alone!!
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Nov 23, 2014
Very glad it's been renewed.

However, I'd like to see it continue for more than one more season.

Also, I really dislike season-splitting.

Incidentally,

A) I consider Mad Men a pure waste of time. It has zero appeal.

B) I'm enjoying Turn. The writing, acting, and cinematography are all quite good.



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Nov 23, 2014
Not good news. I would like to see it continued indefinitely.
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Nov 19, 2014
Yes! A proper season too.
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Nov 09, 2014
Great news. Love the show.
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Nov 09, 2014
All good news!
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Nov 09, 2014
As a huge Hell on Wheels fan, I'm fine with 5/6 (if you count it as 2, probably should) seasons. That seems like a solid amount of time to show the finish of the railroad and Cullen's rise and probable fall. With its historical parts, Hell on Wheels is the type of show that "squeezing dry" can hurt more than it does others. Now at least without the need to keep things/people safe the writers can definitely write a great ending and I am anticipating a very nice season (or two if you will) coming up.
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Nov 08, 2014
AMC is crazy for ending this to soon. It's a ratings hit for them even on Saturdays. At least just give it 2 full season orders.
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Nov 08, 2014
Two more seasons would be chock full of filler, and HOW has already delivered plenty of that. Theyve recently started to deliver quality again, so I hope they stay focused on doing so.
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Nov 08, 2014
Haven't you noticed that each each season is essentially the same as the one that proceeded it.
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Nov 08, 2014
Boardwalk Empire had that problem.
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Nov 08, 2014
Well, all good things must come to an end, but a season more is still good news.
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Nov 08, 2014
But why would they end it? There is so much room to grow, AND, most importantly, for a network, it is very successful both in its time period and individually as a show for the network. I'm sure they ran the numbers better than I did, but.......anyone?
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Nov 08, 2014
The Rail Road was concstructed between 1863 to 1869... So once they get to Promontory Summit, Utah (then Territory) ... If each season is one year in time-- it would only be 6 years long.
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Nov 11, 2014
M.A.S.H. lasted way longer than The Korean War so tv networks can ignore facts if they want to :)
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Nov 11, 2014
Actually as much as I loved MASH by the end it was running on E!
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Nov 08, 2014
Thank god it's renewed, and while I'm sad it's ending, I think 5 seasons is a good run. Lots of stuff is ending this year, and there hasn't really been anything new (and successful) to replace these shows...
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Nov 08, 2014
Blimey, I've been moaning about having to wait over a month for the last 3 ep's and now two years to split one season? WTF AMC?!
If the end of the last ep' hadn't had this interminable break it'd definitely have maintained some possibility of real dramatic ethos. But now I've had so long to think over the shooting I'm verging back to, meh. The timing of things have been criticised by fans and this latest announcement is turning into typical AMC, namely, bleed things dry with scattered outings.
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Nov 08, 2014
That is definitely not one final season split in two, it is clearly two seasons. I can understand if a season of a cable show like TWD is split into two parts with a break of a few months in between. But when you air a number of episodes one summer, and then some more the next summer, that is two seasons. After all, no one calls for example True Blood one single season of 80 episodes which was divided into seven 10-12 episode parts.
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Nov 07, 2014
My mom is gonna be soooo upset. She loves this show.
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Nov 07, 2014
This make me happy and sad at the same time! Glad we get one more season! I hope Bohannon somehow gets a happy ending and the Swede finally get his ending with a bullet to the head!
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Nov 07, 2014
waste of a good bullet, hang him or a slow painful death.
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Nov 09, 2014
Right on!
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