Q: When is the next season of "Hell on Wheels " going to start?

A: Never. (Sorry, but I figure if you're a fan of this show, you can stand a bit of brutal directness. And my other option was a joke about the show's setting freezing over, which wouldn't have been very funny.)

AMC announced before the debut of the show's fifth season, which aired last summer, that it would be the show's last.

The viewership numbers vindicated that call: Ratings for season 5 were down by nearly 14 percent from season 4, which itself had dropped from the previous year (hence the decision to cancel it). The final season averaged just 1.8 million viewers. By contrast, fellow AMC drama "The Walking Dead" averaged just over 13 million last year.

Of course, when he announced the show's cancelation, AMC president Charlie Collier didn't talk about those numbers. "With season 5 of 'Hell on Wheels,' we are proud to bring our transcontinental journey to conclusion for the large, loyal audience that has traveled with Cullen Bohannon and his crew for so many years."

Though this will be of little comfort to fans of western series or gritty historical dramas in general, fans of series star Anson Mount can see him in two post-"Hell on Wheels" films. He stars in the horror film "Visions," released in September, and in a supporting role in the action-comedy "Mr. Right," which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September as well.

Q: Did Sandra Bullock do anything before "Speed"?

A: You don't just get a role like the co-lead in 1994's action smash "Speed" for nothing — you've got to work for it. Sandra Bullock landed it after having an incredibly busy 1993.

She appeared in six films that year alone, including starring turns in "Demolition Man," "Fire on the Amazon," "The Thing Called Love" and "When the Party's Over," all of which you can be forgiven for forgetting about.

However, they all have a higher profile than another big role she had pre-"Speed." In 1990, she starred in "Working Girl," a failed attempt at turning the hit '80s comedy film into a sitcom. She played secretary Tess McGill, a role played to greater acclaim by Melanie Griffith in the 1988 film.

And that wasn't even her first attempt at TV stardom. In 1989, she starred in "Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman." It was a made-for-TV movie that reunited Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner as the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman, but was actually intended as a pilot for a new series starring Bullock as a new bionically enhanced woman.

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