Hell on Wheels has faced a lot of hell. There was a period of limbo as a search for a new show runner took place, resulting in the arrival of John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles:). More recently the show has been dealing with flooded sets after the Calgary floods. Another change to the show is it’s move to Saturdays into a line-up of western-themed programming, marking AMC’s third night of original content. Usually, as with big networks, a move to Fridays or Saturdays means the end is imminent but that should not be the case here as rating averages have held and there is a favourable following behind the show. It also still holds AMC’s second highest series premiere ranking, behind The Walking Dead. Plus, Saturdays now have to the potential to become the most popular night in TV to many. So, Hell on Wheels chugs along with the promise that it has a lot more to give and a lot more rail to lay.
Jennifer Ferrin joins the season 3 cast of Hell on Wheels
Hemlock Grove is based on the novel by McGreevy and now takes on drama, thrills, horror and supernatural mystery via Netflix. It’s already nominated for a new Emmy, for original online only web television, and renewed for a second season.
“A teenage girl is brutally murdered, sparking a hunt for her killer. But in a town where everyone hides a secret, will they find the monster among them?” (IMDb)
About Hemlock Grove
The mangled body of a teenage girl is discovered outside a rusted Pennsylvania steel town, where every resident harbors a dark secret. Suspicions and accusations mount as a manhunt for the killer intensifies, even as evidence mounts that the suspect is not a man at all. Famke Janssen and Dougray Scott star in this terrifying series from horror director Eli Roth (“Hostel”) and novelist Brian McGreevy, nominated for two 2013 Emmy Awards. (Netflix)
Networks continue to fumble. Cable continues to dominate. And new content from other mediums is on the rise and continues to stir a ruckus. Netflix opened a gaping whole in the land of television with House of Cards and more recently Hemlock Grove. Now it brings us Orange is the New Blackbased on the book of the same name by Piper Kerman. The creator of Weeds, Jenji Kohan, brings us this apparent gem of a drama-comedy (perhaps black comedy). Orange is the New Black premiered on Netflilx in June and was renewed for a second season in July. Orange is the New Black promises to be a flavourful insight into human emotion on the back splash of criminality, prison and femininity.
“The story of Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to 15 months in prison after she is convicted of a decade old crime of transporting money for her drug dealing girlfriend (Laura Prepon).” (IMDb)