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The AMC original series Hell on Wheels explores the intricacies -- good and bad -- of post-Civil War America as it rebuilds itself.
The show focuses on a traveling town known as Hell on Wheels, established in 1865, that created the country's first transcontinental railroad. With roots in the Western genre, this show not only follows the construction of the railroad, but also the greed and shady dealings that mark the business. The experiences of immigrants and recently-freed slaves are also chronicled.
The cast is led by Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier from the South trying to leave his past behind him. Additional cast members include Common, Colm Meaney -- best known for his roles in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation, Dominique McElligott and Christopher Heyerdahl.
Hell on Wheel's second season aired in 2012 and the confirmed third season is expected to begin in late-2013.