We've heard rumblings of several new AMC projects lately, partly to compensate for the uncertain status of 'Hell on Wheels' season 3. The series had previously been renewed for a third year, but that renewal was cast into doubt when showrunner Josh Shiban and co-creators/executive producers Joe and Tony Gayton were announced to depart the series. Now, AMC has tapped John Wirth ('Falling Skies,' 'The Cape,' 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles') to fill the void as executive producer/showrunner, so is 'Hell on Wheels' season 3 officially back on the rails?

Fans of AMC's period railroad drama 'Hell on Wheels' can once again rest easy. Deadline reports that the troubled drama has resumed development with John Wirth as the new executive producer and showrunner for 'Hell On Wheels' season 3, following the earlier departures of showrunner Josh Shiban and co-creators/executive producers Joe and Tony Gayton.

“As we gear up for season 3 of 'Hell on Wheels' we are pleased to have such an accomplished showrunner as John Wirth join our team,” says AMC SVP of scripted development and current programming Susie Fitzgerald. “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.”

Despite its fairly soft ratings between the first and second years, the third season has officially been set for a third quarter 2013 release to consist of 10 additional episodes. Are you glad 'Hell on Wheels' is back on the rails for season 3?