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15 items from 2014


Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.13, “Further West”: Strong finale closes out shaky season

22 November 2014 10:25 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 13, “Further West”

Written by John Wirth and John Romano

Directed by Adam Davidson

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“I’m going home, Doc”

“Home? This is your home”

Hell on Wheels’ fourth season has been complicated. While mostly disappointing, it has featured moments of great emotional depth and viewers have had to say goodbye to Elam (Common) and Ruth (Kasha Kropinski) in episodes that were deeply effecting and have changed the course of the show and its main character Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) indefinitely.

With nothing seemingly tying him to Cheyenne, and Ruth’s insistence that he go to his wife and son and make it right, Cullen quits his job on the railroad. It’s an odd choice, considering everything he’s given up for it, what and who he has lost. Either he’s running from his guilt and the haunting »

- Tressa

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.12, “Thirteen Steps”: Emotionally wrenching decisions make for powerful episode

16 November 2014 3:55 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 12, “Thirteen Steps

Written by Thomas Brady

Directed by Roxann Dawson

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“I murdered that man for no other reason than to end the life of the man who took my son’s”

Anson Mount said in a recent interview that he sees Cullen Bohannon’s story ending with either him losing his soul and winning the world or vice versa. Considering the journey viewers have been on with him for the past four seasons with him, either option seems possible. The show has seen him seek revenge, go on the run, kill because he was trapped, fall in love, lose love, and become a father. We’ve also seen just how ruthless he can be when the situation calls for it. In many ways the railroad has turned him into a completely different person but really that’s what »

- Tressa

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AMC Renews Hell On Wheels For Fifth And Final Season

10 November 2014 9:54 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though it has never garnered the ratings or awards clout of dramas like Breaking Bad or Mad Men, AMC’s transcontinental railroad drama Hell on Wheels has proven a reliable performer for the network throughout its four-season run. Now, AMC has opted to give the Anson Mount-led series the same treatment as those aforementioned prestige dramas, renewing it for a fifth and final season of 14 episodes, which will be split across the summers of 2015 and 2016.

The first seven episodes of Hell on Wheels‘ final ride will arrive next summer, at which point the show will break until the summer of 2016.

Given that AMC moved Hell on Wheels to Saturday nights (considered by many to be a graveyard slot) for its third season, there were those who didn’t expect the series to live nearly as long as it has. However, the drama’s fans followed it to Saturday, establishing »

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.11, “Bleeding Kansas” Tense emotional episode focuses on Ruth

9 November 2014 4:54 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Episode 11, Season 4, “Bleeding Kansas”

Written by Michael C. Martin and Jimmy Mero

Directed by Seith Mann

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“Congratulations, you ain’t dead”

AMC recently announced that next year’s season five of Hell on Wheels will be its last. And after this uneven fourth season, maybe it’s time. Everything that needs to be said has, and Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) our fascinating lead who has grown from a revenge-hungry former soldier into a dangerously driven man with a new wife and child. We have seen him loose and win back so much of his life that the time has come for us to say goodbye to this richly complex man.

Season four has had some great episodes, like the premiere, “The Elusive Eden”, “Elam Ferguson”, and its midseason finale, “Return to Hell”. But for the most part, the season has »

- Tressa

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Hell on Wheels

7 November 2014 6:07 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: AMC

Episodes: 57 (hour)

Seasons: Five

TV show dates: November 6, 2011 -- Summer 2016

Series status: Ending

Performers include: Anson Mount, Common, Dominique McElligott, Eddie Spears, Tom Noonan, Ben Esler, Phil Burke, Colm Meaney, and Christopher Heyerdahl.

TV show description:

This contemporary Western follows a former Confederate soldier named Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount). Following the rape and murder of his wife at the hands of Union soldiers, Cullen sets out to exact revenge on them. His journey takes him west to the mobile town called "Hell on Wheels," a dangerous, raucous, and lawless melting pot. It travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. Cullen is ultimately torn between the cycle of revenge he has unleashed over his wife’s death and his tiring of this violence. »

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Hell on Wheels: Fifth and Final Season Renewal for AMC Series

7 November 2014 6:00 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

AMC has renewed Saturday drama Hell on Wheels for a fifth and final season. Seven episodes will air next summer and the final seven will run on the summer of 2016. The final three episodes of season four start airing tomorrow evening.

A gritty period drama that takes place in the 1860s, Hell on Wheels revolves around the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad and the various people connected with the Union Pacific Railroad. The cast includes Anson Mount, Common, Colm Meaney, Phil Burke, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robin McLeavy, Kasha Kropinski, Dohn Norwood, Jennifer Ferrin, Chelah Horsdal, MacKenzie Porter, Tayden Marks, and Jake Weber.

Here are the fifth season renewal details:

AMC Will Be Working On The Railroad For A Fifth And Final Season Of "Hell On Wheels"

Western Drama Has Thrived on Saturday Night, Attracting an Average of 3.4 »

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.10, “Return to Hell”: Midseason finale ends with stunning visuals

5 October 2014 6:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 10, “Return to Hell”

Written by Jami O’Brien

Directed by Billy Gierhart

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“The last time I saw him I spoke to him in anger”

Sydney Snow (Johnathon Scarfe) disappeared at the end of “Two Trains”, escaping Cullen (Anson Mount), Mickey (Phil Burke), and Durant (Colm Meany) during their brutal shootout. But the villain still hangs over the show, especially in “Return to Hell”, Hell on Wheels’ mid-season finale.

“Two Trains” brought a war to Cheyenne, and the ominous sight of Cullen walking his men back into town as Campbell watches from his room and Sydney watches from a hilltop makes one thing clear- the war is far from over. Sydney now seems like a viable and immensely dangerous threat, especially after his unhinged actions in “Two Trains”, and even more frightening is what he brings out in Cullen. »

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.09, “Two Trains”: Technically satisfying scenes are season’s finest

29 September 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 9, “Two Trains”

Written by Bruce Marshall Romans

Directed by Marvin Rush

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“I looked into his eyes and saw a wickedness that has yet to be unleashed”

Hell on Wheels has had a difficult fourth season. There have been excellent episodes like “Elam Ferguson” and the introduction of brilliant new characters like Campbell (Jake Weber), but with only four episodes left in the season it seems like Hell on Wheels has no real direction. Strong acting and interesting characters haven’t been able to save the season from its aimlessness.

“Two Trains” ranks with “Elam Ferguson” as one of the season’s best episodes. It is a quickly paced, violent, down and dirty episode full of great moments, exceptionally clever directing, and excellent performances. This is the Hell on Wheels viewers have come to expect and love.

The opening »

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Hell on Wheels: Season Four Ratings

23 September 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last year, AMC moved Hell on Wheels to Saturday nights, leading many to believe the show would be cancelled. The ratings were lower but were good enough for the show to be renewed for a fourth season. Will the numbers rise or sink this time around? Will it be renewed for a fifth season or will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned!

A gritty period drama that takes place in the 1860s, Hell on Wheels revolves around the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad and the various people connected with the Union Pacific Railroad. The cast includes Anson Mount, Common, Colm Meaney, Phil Burke, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robin McLeavy, Kasha Kropinski, Dohn Norwood, Jennifer Ferrin, Chelah Horsdal, MacKenzie Porter, Tayden Marks, and Jake Weber.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better »

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.05, “Life’s a Mystery”: equally frustrates and intrigues

31 August 2014 9:04 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Episode 5, Season 4, “Life’s a Mystery”

Written by Mark Richard and Thomas Brady

Directed by David Straiton

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“Wouldn’t be wise to kick a man while he’s down- he’s liable to kick back”

Last week’s episode of Hell on Wheels, “Reckoning”, was a slow and disappointing entry. There were great moments but given how exceptional the first three episodes of the season were, “Reckoning” left much to be desired. “Life’s a Mystery” is better but it’s also very heavy-handed and uneven.

This episode has an unusual structure with a campy and rather unnecessary opening set in Juarez, Mexico. While stylish, the whole thing feels out of place. Grit and realism have always been what’s made Hell on Wheels special, so this hyper and bloody opening, complete with slow motion, doesn’t feel like Hell on Wheels. »

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.04, “Reckoning”: Disappointing moment in a strong season

24 August 2014 12:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 4, “Reckoning”

Written by Jennifer Cecil

Directed by Dennie Gordon

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

What people are willing to do in order to survive has always been a driving force for Hell on Wheels. It’s been there from the beginning, often used as a stepping stone to something else. Season four has made this concept the show’s main focus. Cullen (Anson Mount) has, from day one, been a brutal man, walking a dangerous line between morality and survival. Really, most of the show’s characters have. How cruel and far away from humanity can one person get all in the name of survival?

We see this idea littered all over “Reckoning”. Durant (Colm Meaney) is willing to bet on Cullen again because he knows that Cullen is his best option. Campbell (Jake Weber) is another great example. He has set about »

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Hell on Wheels, 4.02, “Escape From the Garden” delivers one of the series’ best scenes

9 August 2014 9:29 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 2, “Escape from the Garden”

Written by Mark Richard

Directed by Neil Labute

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“Blood will be spilled, that’s for sure”

Besides Elam’s (Common) survival, how exactly Cullen (Anson Mount) will escape The Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) is season four’s biggest question. It’s what fans have wondered about since the end of last season, when the gates of that Mormon compound closed and Cullen was forced to marry Naomi (MacKenzie Porter). Now that he is a father and husband, escaping The Swede has become his top priority. Viewers have been expecting a lot, but few likely predicted what this episode delivers. But more on this later.

Hell on Wheels hit a series high last season and its fourth season premiere last week made it seem like it was going to continue that streak. Thankfully, “Escape from the Garden” doesn’t disappoint. »

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.01,“The Elusive Eden”: Strong premiere promises powerful season

3 August 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 1, “The Elusive Eden”

Written by Mark Richard

Directed by Neil Labute

Airs Saturdays at 9pm Et on AMC

“Some people don’t want to be pulled out of the mud, Mr. Durant”

There’s a very strong argument to be made that along with Hannibal, AMC’s Hell on Wheels is one of the most underrated dramas on television right now. Over the course of three seasons, the show has moved from a historical drama to a deeply moving and fascinating character study that just happens to be set during the building of one of America’s greatest accomplishments, the building of the Union Pacific Railroad. Its muddy and vicious camp is inhabited by rich and thrilling characters, the storylines continue to capture the viewer’s attention, and our lead, a man often struggling with a dark world and the darkness within himself, is an endlessly fascinating and evolving character. »

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'Hell on Wheels' season 4 scoop: Does Elam survive?

27 June 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

In the season three finale of AMC’s Hell on Wheels, Elam (Common) went searching for kidnapped Cullen (Anson Mount) and stumbled upon a bear instead. Out of bullets, he was last seen losing that battle. Considering Common’s not in the first official cast photo released for season four (click here for the full version), fans might worry he’s off the show for good. Those who caught him photographed at the cast and crew’s season 4 kickoff dinner, though, may assume Elam’s back. Exec producer John Wirth confirms it: “He survives the bear attack, but I think »

- Mandi Bierly

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #141. Neil Labute’s Dirty Weekend

10 February 2014 8:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Dirty Weekend

Director: Neil Labute

Writer: Neil Labute

Producers: Duncan Montgomery, Tiller Russell, Joey Stewart

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alice Eve, Phil Burke

It seems Labute had a positive experience working with Alice Eve in Some Velvet Morning because here she is again headlining his cast. While Broderick can certainly enhance a film when cast correctly (think Alexander Payne’s Election), we’re curious to see what’s really going on here. Knowing Labute, there’s some trick up his sleeve, hopefully the kind that has a generous payoff. 2013 was something of a return for Labute, with Velvet and the adaptation of his play, Some Girl(s) from Daisy von Scherler Mayer both being worthwhile indie features. We’re happy to see him continuing with his own work rather than the odd remakes.

Gist: Broderick plays a businessman who finds himself delayed in a city where »

- Nicholas Bell

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