Happy news for fans of AMC's 'Hell on Wheels', as it was announced this morning that Executive producer John Wirth will step in as a showrunner on the Western drama.
Departing as shwrunner is John Shiban, who left for personal reasons.
Previous creators/showrunners Joe and Tony Gayton also left the series after their contract was not renewed, according to Variety. The Gaytons reportedly are to remain as consultants.
“As we gear up for season three of ‘Hell on Wheels’ we are pleased to have such an accomplished show runner as John Wirth join our team,” said Susie Fitzgerald, AMC’s SVP of scripted development and current programmingin a press release. “With the help of our partners at Entertainment One, Endemol and Nomadic, we look forward to a new season of the poetic and pulpy adventures of Cullen Bohannan and the other characters as they build the railroad across the US.”
Wirth's credits include The Cape, ABC's V reboot, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Love Monkey, Ghost Whisperer, Nash Bridges and Remington Steele.
The 10-episode third season will premiere in the third-quarter of 2013.