TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Blood Moon” and “Blood Moon Rising” – Season Finale

Dominique McElligott is Lily Bell in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 finale - "Blood Moon Rising" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Part 1- Mark Richard & Jamie O’Brien, Part 2- John Shiban   Director: Part 1- Terry McDonough,, Part 2-John Shiban         Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: October 7, 2012 There are game changers and then there are season finales that level the playing field. HELL ON WHEELS in its two-hour finale of “Blood Moon” and “Blood Moon Rising” is establishing that no one on this series is safe except perhaps Bohannan (Anson Mount), since the series is from his perspective for the most part. Besides him, anyone …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “The White Spirit”

Anson Mount in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "The White Spirit" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Jami O’Brien & Bruce Marshall Romans    Director: David Von Ancken        Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 23, 2012 Last week I ranted about the shiftiness of the Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) and his many plans and machinations for the people of HELL ON WHEELS. This time in “The White Spirit” he goes even further over the line, and I shudder to think what ramifications there are for all of his actions in this episode. Of course this episode does make a few things clear …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Purged Away with Blood”

Christopher Heyerdahl and Tom Noonan in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "Purged Away With Blood" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Tony Gayton & Thomas Brady  Director: Joe Gayton       Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 16, 2012 HELL ON WHEELS is a tough show to watch sometimes. Not because of bad writing or anything negative, but because the subject matter is so visceral and harsh that it takes a bit to sit and watch it through to the terminus point. A perfect example of that for me is last episode when they were digging the bullet out of Durant (Colm Meaney). I’m weird. I can handle …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “The Railroad Job”

Common and Anson Mount in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "The Railroad Job" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Mark Richard  Director: Michael Nankin      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 9, 2012 Wow is “The Railroad Job” one of the biggest shoot ‘em up, bang ‘em up episodes of HELL ON WHEELS yet? All of Bohannan’s (Anson Mount) sins from the first episodes of this season definitely have come home to roost, and now it’s a question of who gets out alive when a town robbery gets botched. This is one of those ‘crisis’ episodes of a series, where writers get to define who …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Scabs”

Anson Mount in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "Scabs" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Chris Mundi Director: Catherine Hardwicke     Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 2, 2012 HELL ON WHEELS has some surprising character study in the latest episode, “Scabs”. There’s a lot going on that with certain characters that I was honestly amazed by, simply because of who the characters have been up to this point in the first and now second seasons of the show. So the big stink of this episode is that the Sioux are threatening the continued building of the railroad as it is …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Slaughterhouse”

Anson Mount in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "Slaughterhouse" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Jami O’Brien & Bruce Marshall Romans   Director: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 26, 2012 So I’ve compared HELL ON WHEELS to DEADWOOD in the past, as have many people. The two series are very tonally similar and they both take place in rugged, rustic western settings. So, it was only a matter of time until someone gets fed to pigs on this show. It seems like a natural thing. In DEADWOOD, Woo’s pigs were a constant place for body disposal, so it’s …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Durant, Nebraska”

Eva (Robin McLeavy) stares on in HELL ON WHEELS Durant, Nebraska | (c) 2012 Michelle Faye/AMC

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  John Shiban  Director: Adam Davidson    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 19, 2012 Well at the end of the last episode of HELL ON WHEELS we left Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount) in a bit of a bad spot, which is pretty much where the new episode “Durant, Nebraska” picks up…but I want to actually talk about another moment of this episode first. There is a really well shot, completely speechless moment between Bohannan and the Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) after Bohannan has surveyed his new living …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 Premiere – “Viva La Mexico”

HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 Key Art | ©2012 AMC

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Tony Gayton & Joe Gayton  Director: David Von Ancken    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 12, 2012 Time for another of my favorite shows to return this week! With “Viva La Mexico,” HELL ON WHEELS makes its end of summer return. This gritty and entertaining Western series is a great filler for the void left in anybody’s life by Deadwood. The langue isn’t as rough as Deadwood, but the production value, writing, and characters are engaging. I’m not a huge fan of westerns in particular, …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HELL ON WHEELS actress Dominique McElligott on the AMC series

Dominique McElligott in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 1 | ©2011 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

In AMC’s post-Civil War Western  HELL ON WHEELS, which airs Sundays at 10 PM - it repeats throughout the week (see listings for times) - the railroad-building camp is primarily populated by men. One exception to this is Lily Bell, played by Dominique McElligott. Lily is the English wife of an American railroad surveyor – she has been widowed when her husband was killed by the anti-railroad local tribe. However, she’s a force to be reckoned with on her own. McElligott (pronounced mick-el-i-cot), who is Irish, has been visible as a variety of nationalities this year. In BLACKTHORN, she plays American Etta Place, …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HELL ON WHEELS Co-Creator Joe Gayton dusts off the western for AMC

HELL ON WHEELS - Season 1 poster | ©2011 AMC

AMC’s HELL ON WHEELS, which airs Sundays at 10 PM, is a historical Western drama based in fact. Right after the American Civil War, Thomas “Doc” Durant (played in the series by Colm Meaney) really did set out to build a cross-Continental railroad with government funds and underpaid workers. With this as a narrative foundation, series creators/executive producers/brothers Joe Gayton and Tony Gayton have crafted a story focusing on Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a Confederate veteran seeking vengeance on the men who killed his wife. Other major characters are Elam(Common), a former slave avenging wrongs done to him, Lily Bell (Dominique McElligott), …Read On »

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