Back in October, AMC renewed the drama series Hell on Wheels for Season 3. That announcement included the news that series creators Joe Gayton and Tony Gayton were stepping down, and shortly thereafter, showrunner John Shiban left the show as well, leaving the fate of the series in jeopardy. Today, we have word that John Wirth has stepped in as the new showrunner, with the new season back on the right track. Here's a statement released by Susie Fitzgerald, AMC senior vice president of scripted development.

"As we gear up for Season 3 of Hell on Wheels we are pleased to have such an accomplished showrunner as John Wirth join our team. With the help of our partners at Entertainment One, Endemol and Nomadic, we look forward to a new season of the poetic and pulpy adventures of Cullen Bohannan and the other characters as they build the railroad across the US."

John Wirth currently serves as a consultant on TNT's Falling Skies. It isn't clear when production will begin on the 10-episode order, slated to debut on AMC next fall. Hell on Wheels averaged a healthy 2.4 million viewers per episode throughout its Season 2 run.