AMC today released the first trailer for the new original series Hell on Wheels, which begins production May 16 in Calgary. Created, written and executive produced by Joe and Tony Gaytons, the series is described as a contemporary Western that centers on former confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), whose quest for vengeance has led him to the Union Pacific Railroad’s westward construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad. If, like me, you’re wondering why the trailer says: “The network that brings you Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead” with no mention of flagship Mad Men, which, like Hell on Wheels is a period piece, here is the explanation. No, it is not bad blood following the contentions renegotiations with creator Matt Weiner. AMC’s marketing team was simply going for series that are male-skewing like Hell on Wheels. The promos for the current mystery series The Killing do feature references to Mad Men.
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