Hell on Wheels‘ Common Shares Five of His Favorite Elam Ferguson Scenes


Almost being hanged, gaining and losing a baby, surviving a bear attack — it hasn’t been an easy journey for Hell on Wheels’ Elam Ferguson. AMC asked actor Common to share his insights on some of his character’s most memorable moments. Find out what makes these scenes special and watch clips of the moments themselves.

Cullen Saves Elam From Hanging – Season 1, Episode 7, “Revelations”

“The scene at the campfire between Elam and Cullen Bohannan really was the first time you saw the two men open up to each other, so it was a pivotal moment — and the hanging scene was really tough to be a part of.”

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Hell on Wheels Q&A – Common (Elam Ferguson) Answers Fan Questions

hell-on-wheels-elam-common-325In this interview comprised of questions from Hell on Wheels fans, Common talks about a memorable blooper on set, his final scene, and what it was like to let go of Elam Ferguson.

Q: How difficult was the transition from music to acting? — Burnside

A: It was difficult because it was something I had never done before, but at the same time, it was so invigorating and energizing and so inspiring that it really wasn’t difficult. Because I love it so much, and I feel like it’s a blessing to do, I’m always excited about it. When you love something, it’s not as difficult. One difficult aspect, though, was having people within the film and television industry see me as an actor and not just Common, the rapper. Being able to be seen as the actor that I am and let my work do the talking – that was difficult. I definitely know that I’m growing. It’s a journey, but I’m with the journey.

Q: When you’re immersed in playing your character, how much of Elam is drawn from historical interpretation, and how much is drawn from your own experiences? — Snake Eyes
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Get Ready for Season 5 With a The Walking Dead Emergency Preparedness Month Survival Bundle


Be prepared as humanly possible for the return of The Walking Dead next month — and, coincidentally, Emergency Preparedness Month, too — with The Walking Dead Survival Bundle from The Walking Dead official store. This kit features the First My Family Survival Kit loaded with emergency supplies, the complete Season 4 DVD (or Blu-ray), an iPhone case and the exclusive “Keep Calm and Carry a Crossbow” t-shirt. Be sure to use the code SURVIVAL10 at checkout to slash the price on your survival bundle.

Click here to visit The Walking Dead Official Store.

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 12 9/8c on AMC

Video — Take a Look Back at Elam Ferguson’s Journey Throughout Hell on Wheels


As fans bid adieu to Elam Ferguson, AMC takes a look back at some of his most pivotal moments, included his boxing match with Cullen Bohannon and his proposal to Eva. “Elam’s story is about heart,” actor Common says of his character’s journey. “It’s about progress; it’s about forgiveness, overcoming obstacles, overcoming pain.”


Hell on Wheels airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC.

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Executive Producer John Wirth to Live Tweet During Saturday’s Episode of Hell on Wheels

how3-john-wirth-325Hell on Wheels fans are in for a treat when Executive Producer John Wirth takes to Twitter to offer his unique behind-the-scenes perspective throughout the East Coast broadcast of this week’s all-new episode, “Elam Ferguson,” beginning on Saturday at 9/8c. To join the conversation, follow @Wirthwhiletv on Twitter, and use the hashtag #HellonWheels.

Hell on Wheels airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC.

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Have a Question for Hell on Wheels Star Common? Here’s Your Chance to Ask

hell-on-wheels-elam-common-325Got any burning questions for Common about playing Elam Ferguson on AMC’s Hell on Wheels? Here’s an opportunity to ask! Submit your query in the comments section below by Monday, September 15 at 9AM/8c. Then check out Common’s fan Q&A, which will be posted exclusively on amc.com later that week, to find out if he answered yours.

Hell on Wheels airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC.

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AMC Announces Pilot Order for The Walking Dead Companion Series


AMC announced today that it has ordered a pilot episode of a companion series for The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead, which premiered on AMC in October, 2010, has been the #1 program on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert from The Walking Dead are also executive producers of the new project which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (Marco Polo, Sons of Anarchy), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, will serve as an executive producer and showrunner.

“Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave, are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct. We’re thrilled to be taking this next step with these remarkable partners.”

“There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new version of The Walking Dead, and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them,” said Kirkman.

“I’ve been fortunate to have collaborated with both Robert and AMC on past projects and I’m thrilled to join them again, along with Gale and David, to build upon The Walking Dead’s already epic narrative,” said Erickson.

The pilot is scheduled for production in late 2014. No additional details are being provided about the location and/or casting for the pilot at this time.

The Walking Dead returns Sun., Oct. 12 at 9/8c on AMC.

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Common to Live Tweet During This Saturday’s Episode of Hell on Wheels

how301-elam-325On this Saturday’s all new episode of Hell on Wheels, the fate of Elam — last seen lying in the mud, bloody and unmoving, after fighting off a bear in the Season 3 Finale — will finally be revealed. While watching the episode, get Common’s exclusive behind-the-scenes perspective as he live tweets throughout the East Coast broadcast of “Bear Man,” beginning at 9/8c. To participate, follow @common on Twitter, and use the hashtag #HellonWheels to join the conversation.

Hell on Wheels airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC.

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Hell on Wheels Q&A – Colm Meaney (Thomas Durant)

HOW-Cast-S4-Durant-325Colm Meaney, who plays Thomas Durant on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, talks about the evolution of his character and the relationship between Durant and Eva.

Q: You’re now in your fourth season of playing Thomas Durant. In what ways do you think Durant has changed most since the series began?

A: Well, I think it’s been a tough journey. He’s been battered and bruised, he’s been shot and nearly died, he’s been broke, he’s been in jail — a lot of stuff has happened to him that he probably didn’t anticipate. It’s been a rough ride, and I think now he’s much more realistic about what he can get done. He still has that burning ambition to get the railroad done and get it through, but I think he’s aware that it’s not as easy as he thought.

Q: Though the arrival of John Campbell in Cheyenne would seem to present a major challenge to Durant’s authority, Durant dismisses him as “nothing more than a bureaucrat.” Do you think Durant feels at all threatened by him?

A: Durant has dealt with much more senior people than Campbell. What we haven’t seen a lot of in the last few seasons is Durant operating in Washington. He has a number of senators and various high-card people in his pocket, so I don’t think he’s threatened. I think Campbell is an irritant, but I don’t think Durant is up at night worrying about him particularly. Durant has dealt with much more powerful people than Campbell.

Q: In Episode 404, Durant goes out of his way to help Eva and wants nothing in return, telling her they’re “friends.” What do you think his motivations are for looking out for her?

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TURN: Washington’s Spies Q&A – Caroline Hanania (Production Designer)

TURN-Production-Designer-Caroline-Hanania-325x300Caroline Hanania, Production Designer for AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies, talks about finding authentic colonial houses and which sets were built from scratch.

Q: What is your process like for creating atmosphere on TURN: Washington’s Spies? How do you begin to set the stage for a production like this?

A: I start with the script and the story. I do a lot of research because I’m honoring a period of time when these events took place. Historically, I want to be as close to being accurate as I can. This was a time before photography, so I look at a lot of illustrations, which were sometimes done after the event. I also look at a lot of paintings of the time. I very much like [English painter William] Hogarth’s work — it reflects the looks of some of our environments, especially with reference to New York. From that, I start to think about sets and what the requirements are in terms of the action and how it takes place. You’re building up environments and towns that these characters live in that are based on real places.

Q: How has the choice of Richmond, Virginia as the filming location helped you?

A: Richmond has been amazing, because some of the houses are of the right period. Houses from colonial times actually do still exist, so we have found locations that we’ve been able to use.

Q: How many of the sets were created specifically for the show? Did you use any authentic set pieces? How hard was it to find them?

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