EXCLUSIVE: It’s déjà vu all over again. A year after AMC cancelled The Killing after two seasons, the network has done it again following the mystery drama’s third season. There had been some encouraging signs — The Killing‘s third season opened with an OK 1.8 million viewers and drew largely positive reaction from critics and fans. But it ended with 1.5 million for the season finale, up only slightly from the 1.4 million viewers of the second-season ender, and Season 3 overall was essentially flat with Season 2, whose ratings had triggered the series’ first cancellation. “We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of The Killing,” AMC said in a statement to Deadline. “We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched.”
Fox Television Studios has signed a development deal with Netherlands-based Eyeworks Group, founded in 2001 by Reinout Oerleman. Under the pact, the two production companies plan to jointly develop scripted programming originating from Scandinavian writers for both for the US and international markets. “After our fantastic experience developing and producing The Killing for AMC, which is based on the extremely successful Danish TV series Forbrydelsen, we have had the pleasure of finding projects from the best of Scandinavian literary and television culture,” said FtvS president David Madden. “But we didn’t want simply to wait for finished product to come to us – we wanted the opportunity to leap into the trenches with Scandinavian writers, and to develop stories from the ground up whose universal appeal would stem from their origins in the richness of Scandinavia’s unique sensibilities.” The pact “offers FTVS access to gifted writers with fresh voices who are outside the traditional realm of Hollywood,” Madden added. Eyeworks has a presence in the US on the unscripted side through Eyeworks USA (formerly 3 Ball). Los Angeles-based producer Melinda Jason – and her company, Conspiracy – with whom FtvS has an existing first-look deal, was instrumental in bringing the studio together with Eyeworks, and will serve as executive producer on all projects under the FtvS-Eyeworks deal.
After months of negotiations, AMC and Fox Television Studios have closed a deal to bring back previously cancelled The Killing to AMC for a third season. Negotiations with Netflix for a second window to the series are still ongoing. As part of the new deal with AMC, Veena Sud, who developed the adaptation of the Danish series and ran the first two seasons, returns as executive producer, writer and showrunner along with stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder). After the show received backlash from viewers for stretching the resolution of the case from the first season into Season 2, the producers are committing that the new mystery in Season 3 will be resolved over the course of 12 episodes. Production on Season 3 begins February 25 in Vancouver.
A year after closing the Rosie Larsen case, Linden is no longer a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen Holder’s search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden, she is drawn back into the life she thought she’d left behind. “I couldn’t be happier to know that I will be returning to work with AMC, FTVS and Mireille and Joel on what is and has always been a passion project for me,” said Sud. “To the fans that have supported the series, thank you for doing so. My team and I will work hard to deliver the best story that we can for Season 3.”
Season 2 of A&E’s original series The Glades, which stars Matt Passmore and Kiele Sanchez, will premiere Sunday, June 5 at 10 PM. Last season, the Fox Television Studios-produced drama became the most-watched series in network history, averaging 3.1 million viewers.
LOS ANGELES – August 16, 2010 – David Madden has been named President of Fox Television Studios, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen of Twentieth Century Fox Television, to whom Madden reports. Madden succeeds Emiliano Calemzuk who recently stepped down from his position.
Formerly EVP at FtvS, Madden has overseen Creative Development and Production at the studio, and has been responsible for an array of successful series, including the USA hits Burn Notice and White Collar, A&E’s The Glades, Saving Grace for TNT and the long-running, Emmy-winning The Shield for FX. He also oversees the new series The Good Guys for FOX, The Gates for ABC, Persons Unknown for NBC, Lights Outs for FX, as well as FX’s pilot (a co-production with FX Productions) Outlaw Country, and the recently announced The Killing for AMC.