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• The Sheet reports that writers and cast members from Hell on Wheels will appear at a screening and Q&A at the Edison Theatre in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., where John Wirth has a home.
• The Orange County Register spotlights TV shows like Hell on Wheels that are set in the past.
• CBC/Radio-Canada reports that MacKenzie Porter (Naomi Hatch) has been nominated for a Juno Award for Country Album of the Year.
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• Common tells The Wall Street Journal that Hell on Wheels was “a wonderful experience for me as an actor” and describes some of the challenging things on set.
• Bustle features Christopher Heyerdahl who “can’t help but be evil on TV,” spotlighting his recent role on Fox’s Gotham and of course Hell on Wheels, where “he shows his evil side by murdering an entire family, taking on the patriarch’s identity, and becoming the head of a Mormon ward.”
• Deadline reports that Colm Meaney has joined the cast of a Syfy miniseries titled Childhood’s End.
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• CarterMatt is eager for Christopher Heyerdahl’s upcoming appearance on Fox’s Gotham on Jan. 19 and suggests that viewers watch the first two episodes of Hell on Wheels Season 4 for “a master class performance” from him.
• The Calgary Sun reports that Hell on Wheels will return to Calgary in April to shoot 14 episodes for Seasons 5 and 6.
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This week, Hell on Wheels is voted the year’s most underrated show by CarterMatt‘s readers, while TV Fanatic takes another look at Season 4. Plus, The Huffington Post has expectations for the last season. Read on for more:
• CarterMatt‘s voters deem Hell on Wheels the year’s most underrated TV show, which had “a tremendous fourth season that included wonderful performances, beautiful sets, and several emotional moments that probably had you welling up.”
• TV Fanatic looks back at Season 4 and declares, “The series may be headed towards its final season, but it’s not looking to go out with a whimper.”
• On the heels of the Season 4 finale, The Huffington Post writes, “As the producers and writers recalibrate Hell on Wheels for next season, to satisfy faithful viewers they must be in agreement on one thing. There has to be a final showdown” between Cullen and the Swede.
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Gunfights. Explosions. Brawls. Murders. A struggle for power. The deaths of three major characters. Cullen’s stunning departure from the Union Pacific. The fourth season of Hell on Wheels had it all. Here are five ways to get caught up on everything that transpired this season:
1. Binge-watch the entire season with all 13 full episodes online, streaming on amc.com (authentication required). But don’t delay — they’re only available until Friday, December 19.
2. Watch the Wrapping Up Season 4 video, in which the Hell on Wheels cast talk about the journey their characters have taken over the course of the season.
5. Which episodes did you enjoy the most? Vote for your favorites in the Season 4 Episode Poll.
Q: Season 4 includes a number of new sets, including the casino, the Palmer hotel, the railroad office, and the Cheyenne Leader office. Were there any sets that were especially challenging to provide props for?
KW: I think the printing press was the biggest challenge this year, and that was a matter of having to show the actors who were working in there how to run it. We had to teach Jennifer Ferrin (Louise), and she was brilliant. We taught her once, and that’s all it took.
JO: I personally got lucky because Ken had already established that set, so I ran away from it as far as I could. [Laughs] I walked in and everything was set up for me. My favorite set was the casino because it had all the liquor in it. I enjoy doing food scenes, and a lot of props guys don’t. I enjoy serving the food, having the food look good, and watching the people actually enjoy it.
Q: Talk a little about the press. Where did you find it?
KW: We were lucky enough to have some help. Pieces were found from museums and all over the U.S. It’s original stuff.
Q: Are there any other notable props on any of the sets that fans should be sure to notice?
Q: How much have the looks of series regulars needed to change over the course of four seasons?
A: Quite a bit, actually. A lot has happened to everybody. Everybody has gone through a certain evolution depending on their status in their community or what’s happened to them. I think The Swede would be the most obvious one. He’s gone, quite drastically, up and down and has had both good and bad fortune. That’s affected the costumes a lot. Eva is a fairly good example, too. She’s gone from being at the bottom of the bottom to being a wife, then a mother, then a widow; and she’s now moving into a more independent look for herself that is her own, as opposed to the look of a mother or prostitute.
Q: Talk a little bit about The Swede’s evolution.
A: The Swede’s look was so good at the beginning of the show that we wanted to keep him in that world, but he’s a man of many disguises. He’s like a coyote, like in the Native American lore, or a chameleon. We tried to make him blend into the environment that he’s in and still give us an edge and show that he isn’t all that he appears to be. Chris [Heyerdahl] is a great actor to work with because he’s willing to put in effort and make it a special thing. We’ve done a lot of fittings and talking and we try to keep him in dark colors. This last season, because he spent time as a Mormon, his costume didn’t evolve too much, but at the end, we do find him going back towards his original look.
Q: After multiple seasons, does it get easier or harder to design for the series regulars? Do they get any input into their attire?
Continue reading “Hell on Wheels Q&A – Carol Case (Costume Designer)” »
• John Wirth tells CarterMatt that Cullen’s search for his family is “one of the things that is going to be driving him early in the season next year.”
• Wirth also talks to CarterMatt about shifting the Hell on Wheels story in Season 5 to the Central Pacific section of the railroad from the Union Pacific.
• CarterMatt nominates Hell on Wheels as one of the year’s most underrated shows, declaring that it “brought us the strongest episodes that we’ve seen to date. Anson Mount raised his game, and the emotional conflicts of all of the characters became a little more present.”
Continue reading “John Wirth Teases Season 5 to CarterMatt; Gotham News Praises Season 4″ »
This week, Anson Mount shares with Entertainment Weekly some advice he once received from Jon Hamm, while TV Fanatic is already eager for season 5. Plus, The Huffington Post is still lamenting Ruth’s death. Read on for more:
• Anson Mount tells Entertainment Weekly a story about receiving advice from Jon Hamm (that involves bumming a cigarette from Aaron Paul).
• TV Fanatic, reviewing the season 4 finale, remarks that season 4 “definitely came back with a vengeance proving that this western television series has still got it. And it’s certainly got me ready to take that final journey with Cullen and company.”
• The Huffington Post wasn’t ready for Ruth to die or for Hell on Wheels to lose its “courageous spiritual overseer.”
Q: In Season 1, the focus was Cullen‘s search for vengeance for his family. Now it’s the search for his family. Did you go back and study Season 1 when planning Season 4? Also, how do you balance Cullen’s desire for family with his addiction to the railroad? — Speech Girl
A: In life, we sometimes go in circles when we don’t necessarily want to. It is a common theme that runs through the series. Cullen’s search for his family now is more about healing himself and becoming a whole person, as opposed to just trying to get the anger and anguish out. We’ve seen his attachment to the railroad in the past. In the finale this season, he ends up quitting, but then joining the [Central Pacific] railroad in order to find his family. What Huntington said is a good question for Cullen: How badly do you want to find your family?
Q: A script can possibly and suddenly evolve into a storyline you had not previously pondered. Has this been the case with Season 4 of Hell on Wheels, or did you have a clear understanding from beginning to end as to how this current season would play out? — Cathy P.
A: The writers have a lot of lead time before we begin production, so we have a pretty good road map before we get started. This season, a couple of things surprised me. The death of Sidney Snow [in Episode 411] and the decision to amputate his leg to try to save him was something that came up. We didn’t plan on that. The hanging of Ruth [in Episode 412] was also not something we planned on early in the season. We thought Sidney might shoot Cullen. As we started to move through the season, we knew Ezra would be killed, and it emerged that Ruth would be Sidney’s killer — then we decided where to go from there with her character.
Q: Do you know what will happen to each character by season’s end, or do you allow the characters a chance to develop with the storyline as the season progresses? – Marie
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