Today's News: Our Take - AMC Moves Hell on Wheels to Launch Saturday Night Programming
AMC will begin airing original programming on Saturday nights, starting in August with the Season 3 premiere of Hell on Wheels the network announced Monday.
Hell on Wheels will kick off Season 3 on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9/8c. In addition, AMC has also acquired the rights to several Western classics, including El Dorado and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and the TV series Rawhide, starring Clint Eastwood.
"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 said in a statement. "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's audience in a new way."
The network, which airs dramas including The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad on Sunday nights, recently added a Thursday night block of unscripted programming. This summer, AMC will use its Sunday nights to air the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad as well as a new season of the resurrected The Killing.
Hell on Wheels was the second-highest series launch in AMC history and averaged 2.4 million viewers in its second season.
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