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AMC is opening up a third night of original programming on Saturdays, hoping to make inroads on a night the broadcast networks have long since abandoned.
The cable channel is moving its series "Hell on Wheels" to Saturdays for Season 3, which will premiere Aug. 3. The show will be the capper for a day of western-themed programming on the network, including movies, classic TV series like "The Rifleman" and "Rawhide" and miniseries including "Lonesome Dove" and its sequel, "Return to Lonesome Dove."
"A new episode of 'Hell on Wheels' on Saturday night after a full day of western fan favorites is going to be like the saddle on top of the horse," AMC president and general manager Charlie Collier says. "This is a programmer's dream -- to have a genre-specific, 14-hour lead-in to one of your highest rated originals. We are so excited about this opportunity to entertain AMC »
The cabler has typically shown off its movie roots on Saturdays, with a particular focus on Westerns, but is evolving to include in its programming that night original series “Hell,” which will air along with such newly incorporated Paramount Picture films such as “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “The Shootist.”
In addition, AMC has acquired TV series “Rawhide,” starring Clint Eastwood, which joins “The Rifleman” on Saturdays beginning April 20, and will also air miniseries “Lonesome Dove” and for the first time “Return to Lonesome Dove.”
- Jon Weisman
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