Last week we reported that the AMC western Hell on Wheels had been renewed for a third season. Well, not so fast as we’ve since come to learn that showrunner John Shiban has resigned from the show and thus, the show’s renewal has been put on hold pending the hiring of a new showrunner.
John Shiban has informed AMC, Entertainment One and Endemol that while he was fully on board when the network informed him about their intent to pick-up Hell on Wheels, he has since made the personal decision that he will be unable to return as showrunner. He has asked the production partners to seek a replacement showrunner. Like all of our shows, network pick-ups are always conditioned on an approved showrunner. We are confident that eOne and Endemol will satisfy that obligation in the near future.
From John Shiban:
I’m very proud of our work on HELL ON WHEELS and was thrilled to hear the show would have a Season Three. I have since made the difficult decision that the time has come for me to leave. I care deeply about the series and will do whatever I can to aid in the transition to ensure the continued success of the show. I truly value all the time I have spent with this wonderful group of very talented people.
In other AMC news, we also reported a couple of months ago that The Killing would not be renewed for a third season and at the time we commented that maybe it was OK just to let that series fade into the night because it just wouldn’t be the same show with a different cast of characters. Well, apparently, we may have given up on it a little too soon as it is being reported that Netflix and AMC are very close to a deal to bring the show back for a third season, with AMC getting first-run dibs. More details can be found here and we’ll let you know when it’s official.