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‘Hell On Wheels’ Season 3 Showrunner Quits, Is the Renewal a Bust?

Hell on Wheels Season 3 Show Runner Josh Shiban

Uh-oh! Seems like AMC has landed itself in hot water with its series showrunners once again, as ‘Hell On Wheels‘ season 3 may not be as done a deal as we thought. Earlier we’d heard about the renewal for the medium-rated AMC Western series, followed by the announcement that its creators would depart the show, and now it seems the showrunner himself has departed as well! So what does that mean for the future of ‘Hell On Wheels’? Will AMC scrap its plans for a third season after all?

Troublesome news from AMC today, as we’ve learned through Deadline that transcontinental railroad drama ‘Hell On Wheels’ may not live to see a third season after all. The earlier renewal has been placed on hold for the moment, following the news that showrunner Josh Shiban would step down from his post. Shiban is the second major departure for the series, following news that co-creators/executive producers Joe and Tony Gayton were to depart the series after two years.

AMC will continue to search for a new showrunner for the series, though the news comes as a troubling sign from a network that regularly seems to have some kind of disagreement with its showrunners. Most public was Frank Darabont‘s unceremonious exit from ‘The Walking Dead,’ while ‘Rubicon’ boss Jason Horwitch, ‘Mad Men‘s’ Matthew Weiner, and even ‘Breaking Bad‘s’ Vince Gilligan have all had one problem or another with the network.

For those unfamiliar with the series, ‘Hell On Wheels’ stars Anson Mount as former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon, a widower helping to build the transcontinental railroad and avenge the death of his wife. The series also stars Colm Meaney, Christopher Heyerdahl, Common and Dominique McElligott. Its second season averaged 2.4 million viewers, down from the first, but an understandable dip without DISH viewers or ‘The Walking Dead’ as a lead-in.

What say you? Do you think ‘Hell On Wheels’ will manage to get back on track (heh) for season 3? How have you been finding the series?

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