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AMC Picks Up Period Western 'Hell on Wheels,' Bill Pullman Joins 'Torchwood' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 15th 2010 6:30PM
Anson MountTake note of the new pilot AMC just picked up, 'Hell on Wheels,' because it's probably going to be the highly respected new period drama you'll be talking about this time next year.

The show follows a former Confederate soldier (Anson Mount, pictured) as he heads out West, searching for vengeance while helping to build the First Transcontinental Railroad, Deadline reports. Rapper Common also stars as a freed slave.

This is the sixth out of six AMC pilots to get a full season order. Its 10 episodes will air sometime in 2011.

In other TV news ...

Bill Pullman has joined Starz's 'Torchwood' as a series regular. Season 4 of the show will feature the actor as a convicted murderer who just barely escapes life in prison due to a technicality. [Deadline]

A Fox rep confirmed to Time's TV critic that the final episodes of 'Running Wilde' will air this month. "Word from Fox: Final #RunningWilde eps WILL air this month: 12/19, 12/26 and 12/28," James Poniewozick tweeted. [Twitter]

'Sesame Street' is heading back to China. A shorter, Shanghai-centric version of the series will be broadcast in Mandarin to Shanghai TV sets starting Dec. 22. General Electric sponsored the show's broadcast from 1998-2001. [The Hollywood Reporter]

HBO's new comedy about a politically incorrect cab driver, 'Taxi-22,' has gotten a writer. Kenneth Lonergan, the Oscar-nominated author of 'Gangs of New York,' will write the script. [Deadline]

Like the 'Pretty Little Liars' theme song as much as we do? Then get the show's new soundtrack, which comes out on Feb. 15 and will contain music from the first half of season 1. The show returns on Jan. 3. [Zap2it]

Kaylee Defer will appear on 'Gossip Girl.' There's no info on who the actress will play, but she will recur in more than one episode. [Deadline]

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