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'Hell on Wheels' gets a third season

Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and Elam Ferguson (Common)

Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and Elam Ferguson (Common) in a scene from " Hell On Wheels" Season 1, Episode 1 . Credit: AMC

"Hell on Wheels," AMC's creatively struggling sophomore that came perilously close to getting a one-way ticket to Cancelville, just got a third season, the network announced.

Of greater note, perhaps, this: It also got a new showrunner, John Wirth, a veteran with a long list of credits on the major networks ("Nash Bridges," "The District," "Terminator: The Sarah Connors Chronicle.") Just to read between the lines here, expect major changes next season, though Anson Mount of course remains as the lead.

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