The Killing cancelled for second time by AMC
Story by Jack Foley
DETECTIVE drama The Killing has been cancelled for a second time by AMC.
The show, based on Danish drama Forbrydelsen, was created by Veena Sud and starred Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as a pair of Seattle detectives trying to find the killer of a teenage girl.
The first season was a hit but angered viewers when it failed to resolve the story at its centre. And while the second season saw viewers turn their backs on it in protest, prompting the first cancellation, the channel decided to give it one more chance with a stand-alone series that attracted Peter Sarsgaard to its ensemble cast.
However, the show continued to struggle to win viewers, failing to crack the two million viewer mark in live broadcasts, prompting AMC to confirm in a statement: “We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of The Killing. We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched.”
And Fox TV Studios added: “We are extremely proud of all three seasons of The Killing. We’re especially gratified to have orchestrated a unique deal with AMC for season three that included a bold partnership with Netflix.
“While we would have loved to produce a fourth season for AMC, FTVS is immensely grateful to everyone involved with this moving series: our brilliant cast, led by Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman and season three’s Peter Sarsgaard, our stellar executive producer, Veena Sud, a remarkable writing and producing team, and a tireless, dedicated crew.
“Most of all, FTVS thanks the terrific fans of The Killing, who communicated their appreciation for the show throughout its run.”
The show has, however, provided a launch pad for its two leads to enjoy lucrative movie careers. Kinnaman will shortly be seen in the lead role of Robocop alongside Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton, and Enos has been seen in Gangster Squad and alongside Brad Pitt in World War Z, which could well now get a sequel.