AMC has released a trailer for its upcoming Western series based in the Reconstruction-era South, Hell On Wheels.
The series, which was picked up for a 10-episode run in December, will follow the quest of former Confederate soldier and slave owner Cullen Bohannan (played by Anson Mount) to avenge the rape and murder of his wife by Union soldiers. It will recreate the construction of the Union Pacific transcontinental railroad in the 1860s, and attempt a Deadwood-like portrayal of the violent bacchanal that was the travelling collection of saloons, gambling houses and brothels known as ‘Hell on Wheels’, where the railroad workers spent their money and free time. The series promises to explore the gaping wounds of a nation coming out of a civil war, and the volatile post-emancipation Reconstruction era.
It looks good. AMC has built an outstanding reputation for quality serialised drama with Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead (all of which you should watch if you haven’t already), and can be presumed a safe pair of hands for this potentially epic story. The trailer certainly suggests they’ve got the production design down, with both the authenticity and grim and gritty style modern we’ve come to expect from modern Westerns.
The series is currently shooting with an expected North American air date late this year. For antipodean peons like myself, I suggest picking the show up on DVD. No, I have not heard of this BitTorrent of which you speak.