Series creators Joe Gayton and Tony Gayton have stepped down as executive producers on the show, although they may remain on board as consultants. John Shiban will continue to serve as showrunner. Joe Gayton and Tony Gayton had a two-year contract with AMC, which has expired and they are moving on to other projects. The brothers recently sold a drama project to NBC.
Hell on Wheels wrapped up Season 2 earlier this month, averaging a solid 2.4 million viewers per episode. That was down from Season 1's average of 3 million viewers per episode, although this year they did not have the benefit of a lead-in from The Walking Dead. The show also took a hit from the AMC/Dish carriage dispute that was recently resolved.