Hell on Wheels takes the prize

The AMC series Hell on Wheels came away with a couple of “Rosies” for best accomplishments in Alberta film and television (click on excerpt below for full story):

Calgary productions and performers took home the hardware in most major categories Saturday night at the Alberta Film and Television Awards. AMC western Hell on Wheels, now shooting its second season in and around Calgary, picked up a big win for best dramatic series, edging out Blackstone, E-Town, Caution: May Contain Nuts and Heartland. “This is our first dramatic TV series,” said Hell on Wheels producer Chad Oakes, of Calgary-based Nomadic Pictures. “So to be nominated and to win is fantastic. We had 3.2 million (watching) a week. Our job now is to match it or better it.”

Duncan Ollerenshaw, the Calgary actor who plays railway worker Mr. Toole on the acclaimed show, picked up the win for best performance by an Alberta actor. Ollerenshaw thanked the makeup department for dirtying up his look on the show. “They really did make me look worse than I ever thought I could look,” he said with a laugh. “A few years ago, my girlfriend said, ‘Why don’t you just get a television series?’ I said, ‘I don’t think that will happen. My teeth are too crooked.’ I get Hell on Wheels, not only do they love my crooked teeth but they make them even worse.”


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