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Published on July 27th, 2012 | by Sean Bell


AMC Gives ‘The Killing’ the Ax

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It’s over folks. AMC has rid itself of The Killing, cancelling the show after a tumultuous two season run.

The Killing Season 3 CancelledPer an AMC statement:

“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.”

Oh, but the plot thickens: Fox quickly made it know that they plan to shop the show to other networks, looking for a home for the show’s third season. In a statement from the studio:

“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.”

Can you picture The Killing on another network? Back when the second season ended (and Rosie Larsen’s killer was revealed), we asked BuzzFocus readers if they were game for a third season. And the overwhelming answer was yes; four out of five people made it know that they’d like to see Linden and Holder take on another case.

Just where could the show land? Another basic cable network like TNT, who once gave new life to a similarly dark show a few years ago (SouthLand)? How about on the network landscape? Aside from a few curses, the show could make the leap without taming the content too much (it’s no more gruesome and/or disturbing than shows like Law & Order: SVU). How about premium cable? There are a few networks that may want to build out their offering slate like Cinemax or Starz who could lure potential subscribers in with a show that produced 1.6 million viewers on average in its second season.

Who knows if and when some network will bite on Fox’s proposal, but The Killing fans should probably start organizing their butterfly campaigns right now.


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