nullOne of those shows that hasn't been talked about very much around here it seems – AMC's post-Civil War drama series titled Hell On Wheels, one of several Civil War-themed projects (TV and film) either in development at various studios, or already on the air, which co-stars rapper-turned-actor Common, who plays a character named Elam – a freed, bi-racial slave who heads west to find work, while also hoping to find his place in society, as he doesn’t feel that he fits squarely into either the “black world” or the “white world.”

Gearing up to begin its second season, I'm curious as to how many of you kept up with the series during season 1, and what your general thoughts are? I watched the first 3 episodes, but never finished the rest of the season. I guess I just wasn't reeled into it; and with so much else fighting for my attention, ultimately I suppose I just wasn't impressed enough to continue – that and I'm still not sold on Common as an actor, as much as I'm a fan of his music.

But as I sit here typing this, I'm watching episode 4, so I'll work on catching up before season 2 begins on Sunday, August 12 at 9 pm ET on AMC.

Here's a look at some Hell on Wheels season 2 artwork, which gives a glimpse into what main characters are returning, including Common, as you can see; you'll find a short promo as well: