AMC, you've done us well. You're tackling worlds left and right, all to massive acclaim. The network has done the '60s, the drug circle, the apocalypse and now, Hell on Wheels will cover that interesting, often overlooked time period right after the Civil War. Channel your middle school American History knowledge, because a lot of terms like "transcontinental railroad" will be thrown around. Although that one's a pretty straightforward concept.
Interestingly (and AMCishly) enough, our hero is actually a veteran of the Confederate Army. Anson Mount will play Cullen Bohannen, whose revenge quest is the central plot of the series. Mount will travel Westward on a quest to avenge the death of his wife at the hands of the terrible, evil Union.
Also starring are rapper/actor Common, who will play a newly freed slave working for the corrupt conglomerate running the railroad operation, and Colm Meany as an ambitious businessman attempting to reap financial benefits from the railroad.
Hell on Wheels will premiere Sunday, Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC. Check out the engrossing preview here.