04/15/2013 12:01 pm ET

'Hell On Wheels' Premiere Date: Season 3 To Kick Off On Saturdays In August On AMC

AMC has extended its original programming to Saturdays and will premiere Season 3 of "Hell On Wheels" on August 3, according to The Wrap.

“A new episode of ‘Hell on Wheels’ on Saturday night after a full day of western fan favorites is going to be like the saddle on top of the horse,” Charlie Collier, AMC's president and general manager, said in a statement. “This is a programmer’s dream –- to have a genre specific, 14-hour lead-in to one of your highest-rated originals. We are so excited about this opportunity to entertain AMC’s audience in a new way.”

AMC previously only aired its original series on Sunday and Thursday nights.

"Hell On Wheels," which stars Anson Mount and Common, was renewed for a third season in October. But the season was put on hold when "The X-Files" veteran John Shiban stepped down as showrunner, prompting "Hell On Wheels" to go into limbo until they found a replacement. In December, John Wirth signed on to helm Season 3.

But if Mount has anything to do with it, "Hell On Wheels" will only continue to grow.

"It’s been a personal vendetta of mine to open up new facets of the character this season, that are perhaps softer and lighter," he told Collider of his character Cullen Bohannon ahead of the Season 2 premiere. "That’s the only way you’re going to get to know who this guy really is, beyond being a bad-ass. I’m sorry, but you can’t play bad-ass for five seasons. It doesn’t work. So, I’ve been doing research into what makes Cullen laugh, what turns Cullen on, what turns Cullen off. That’s really where a truly well-rounded character comes from."

Season 3 of "Hell On Wheels" will premiere on Saturday, August 3.

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