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Will The Killing Solve a Season Three?
(July 29, 2012)
Does The Killing have one
more mystery to solve?
AMC announced on Friday that it was cancelling the drama after two seasons -- two seasons of unraveling the mystery of Rosie Larsen's murder. Due to the show's slow pace and first season gaffe (it delayed the solving of the murder until season two), The Killing's second season ratings steadily declined. (The season two finale garnered just 1.4 million viewers, down from the season debut of 1.8 million.)
"After much deliberation, we’ve come to the difficult decision not to renew The Killing for a third season. AMC is incredibly proud of the show and is fortunate to have worked with such a talented team on this project, from showrunner Veena Sud and our terrific partners at Fox Television Studios to the talented, dedicated crew and exceptional cast," the network stated.
However, just as the show's plot was always on the verge of revealing a new twist, Fox Television, The Killing's producers, said Friday that it would try to find a new home for the drama.
“Fox Television Studios is extremely proud of The Killing, the extraordinary writing staff and crew, and what we believe is one of the best casts on television. We will proceed to try to find another home for the show," Fox said.
Fox has a few things going for it.
One, there's now a growing competition for new content between non-traditional channels such as DIRECTV, Netflix and Amazon. With The Killing being relatively economically inexpensive to produce, they could have interest in financing a third season.
Two, Joel Kinnaman, a Swedish-American actor from Stockholm who played detective Stephen Holder, is expected to become a major player in Hollywood, having just landed the title role in the 2013 remake of Robocop. His presence on the show could help boost ratings in season three.
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