The Killing is the show that won’t die. Netflix picked up the mystery drama in November after original network AMC cancelled it … twice. Now Season 4 will air on the streaming service beginning August 1, with Netflix going all in on a series with which it already has a worldwide streaming deal for the first three seasons. The new season picks up after the end of Season 3 and kicks off a six-episode final installment — at least we’ve been told it’s the final installment. Here’s the Season 4 trailer that just dropped, with Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman back along with new co-star Joan Allen:
StudioCanal and its parent Canal Plus Group are partnering with key Scandinavian talent to produce TV series for the international market. Together, they have created SAM Productions which is named after its three principals: Søren Sveistrup, Adam Price, and Meta Louise Foldager. Each of the three comes with significant credits. Sveistrup is creator and writer of the original Danish series The Killing and exec producer of the U.S. version. He will create and write his own series and executive produce other projects. Price created Denmark’s Borgen and is also the host of a TV cooking show and author of several cookbooks. He will be a partner in the same capacity as Sveistrup. Foldager, whose feature producing credits include A Royal Affair and Melancholia, will be CEO of Copenhagen-based SAM and a producer and exec producer on upcoming projects. She will also still run her own production shingle Meta Film.
The plan is for SAM to work with strong Scandinavian creative talents across television and film. Canal Plus will also work with SAM to develop premium content for its pay channels. Studiocanal will act as iinternational distributor for the output. On announcing the deal, Price said, “The modern TV series is going through a golden period and it is great to find that also … Read More »
Netflix has set August 1 for the premiere of the six-episode final installment of The Killing, and A&E has slotted Monday, June 2 (10 PM) for the third-season premiere of Longmire. The Killing stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return for the final chapter of the series, which was cancelled by AMC in 2012, then resurrected with a third-season order. It staged yet another comeback after being canceled by the network again in September. It was then picked up by Netflix for the final installment. Longmire, A&E’s No. 1 original drama series of all time in total viewers, will return for Season 3 with star Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, along with Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley.
UPDATE, 5:48 AM: Cancelled series Low Winter Sun and The Killing were responsible for the writedown, CEO Josh Sapan told analysts in a conference call. “We were not happy with the performance of Low Winter Sun,” he says.
PREVIOUS, 4:25 AM: It will be interesting to see whether investors consider the pay TV networks company’s Q4 results a glass half full, or empty. It reported net income of nearly $35M, +130.2% vs the last three months of 2012, on revenues of $435.2M, +18.7%. The top line comfortably beat the $418.9M that analysts expected. But earnings at 49 cents a share missed forecasts for 77 cents. The results include a $52M charge “related to the write-off of programming assets.” (For some reason AMC Networks doesn’t identify them in this AM’s release.) The charge tarnished the otherwise apparently strong results at the main National Networks unit that includes AMC, WEtv, IFC, and SundanceTV. Helped by The Walking Dead‘s midseason finale, it reported a 19.3% increase in revenues, to $404M, with adjusted operating cash flow of $105.6M, -1%. Ad sales increased 30.9% to $205M while payments from pay TV distributors rose 9.4% to $199M. Meanwhile, the International and Other operation, which includes overseas channels and IFC Films, saw revenues rise 7% to $34.9M with cash flow losses increasing 90.9% to $8.2M — including fees from its agreement … Read More »
Gregg Henry has been promoted to a regular for the fourth and final season of The Killing on Netflix. He will reprise his role as Detective Carl Reddick, which he originated as a recurring last season, appearing in 10 of the 12 episodes from Season 3 on AMC. Henry, repped by Domain, also recurred on ABC’s Scandal and will be seen in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy.
British actress Sarah-Jane Potts (Felicity) has joined Fox’s 10-hour event series Gracepoint, a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. She will play Gemma, a sharp and flirty British woman who owns the town’s hotel where Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant) is staying. The role has been recast, with Potts replacing Georgina Rylance. Potts, repped by Pakula/King and managers Martin Berneman & Meghan Schumacher, recently did a stint on long-running BBC series Holby City.
Tyler Ross, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden have been cast as series regulars on the six-episode fourth and final season of The Killing on Netflix. The next installment will follow a new murder investigation led by homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman). Fox TV Studios is producing. Ross will play Cameron Stanton, the black sheep of his wealthy, well-connected family. Beaumon takes on the role of Lincoln Knopf, a deeply troubled boy who wears his anger and instability on his sleeve and Meaden will play AJ Fielding, a charismatic, over-achieving student. Ross was featured in pic American Milkshake and Amazon’s Zombieland pilot. Beaumon appeared most recently on ABC’s drama Red Widow and Meaden currently recurs on CW’s The Hundred. Ross is repped by Paradigm, Jason Kendziera at New Wave and attorneys Peikoff/Mahan; Beaumon is with APA, Vanguard Management, and attorney Tara Kole; Meaden is repped by Vanguard Management, Carrie Wheeler Entertainment, and attorney Neil Meyer.
The Killing is adding Oscar-nominated actress Joan Allen to the cast of its six-episode fourth and final season on Netflix. The new installment will follow a new murder investigation led by homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman). In a major recurring role, Allen will play Margaret O’Neal, the head of an all-boys military academy based outside of Seattle. Fox TV Studios is producing. ICM Partners-repped Allen was recently seen in the latest installment from the Bourne movie franchise and on HBO drama Luck.
It’s déjà vu again for The Killing, which refuses to live up to its name. The mystery drama, which was cancelled by AMC last year only to be resurrected with a third-season order, is staging another comeback after being cancelled by the network again in September. This time, the series was picked up by Netflix, which was its exclusive digital partner for the first three seasons and still carries them worldwide. Now The Killing will become a Netflix original for a six-episode final installment. The series’ second resurrection is a testament to series producer Fox TV Studios’ tenacious efforts to keep it alive. The Killing‘s stars, Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, are under long-term deals and set to return. Creator/executive producer Veena Sud is assembling a writing team, which is expected to begin work shortly. She will be joined by The Killing veterans, exec producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, who had been on the show since the first season, and two other writers. “It’s a true testament to Veena Sud, and the stellar cast led so compellingly by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, that fans remained so passionate about the show,” FtvS president David Madden said.
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. Season 3 overall was essentially flat with Season 2 — ratings that had triggered the series’ first cancellation. However, the serialized drama’s strength always has been the digital/binge viewing play. “The rich, serialized storytelling in The Killing thrives on Netflix, and we believe that it is only fitting to give Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder a proper send-off,” said Cindy Holland, VP Original Content for Netflix. Read More »
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.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Mireille Enos is in talks to join Chloe Moretz in MGM’s If I Stay for director RJ Cutler. The film, an adaptation of the Gayle Forman novel, follows a teenager who is in a coma after a car accident that devastates her family. Enos will play ‘Kat,’ the girl’s free-spirited mother who is fiercely passionate about her family and rock music.
Enos recently completed production on Season 3 of AMC’s The Killing, and World War Z. Up next, she stars in the Atom Egoyan-directed Devil’s Knot, which will premiere in Toronto. She also has two films in the pipeline: Sabotage, due out in late January 2014, and Queen Of The Night, opposite Ryan Reynolds. She is repped by CAA, Gartner/Green Entertainment at attorney Mitch Smelkinson.
BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson and Piv Bernth, head of drama at Danish broadcaster DR, home of the original The Killing and The Bridge, shared their views on co-productions this morning in Cannes. The duo, who each work for public broadcasters, also touched on dealing with U.S. partners and the courage of their convictions. Scandinavia is a hot spot for drama, but Bernth says she only gets 4% of DR’s budget for drama so she’s “working with all kinds of different partners” and “trying to keep our feet on the ground.” She also confirmed that Killing creator Soren Sveistrup is working on a project for Cinemax, which he’ll present to the network within the next month.
Stephenson is careful to avoid the dreaded “Europudding,” or what he terms “Mid-Atlantic pudding,” but says, “In the past, all countries thought their drama was their drama, but today actually we all have quite a lot in common.” Even “the best microscopic local drama” can feel universal. Stephenson pointed to Downton Abbey, which is an ITV show, and to the BBC’s Sherlock as examples. They “are so British in their sensibility. They’re as English as English can get and that shows that if you do something well for your own country, the idea has attraction for abroad.” If Sherlock had been made expressly for international, Stephenson told me recently, it would have been cast differently. In the early days of the show, he said there were concerns that Benedict Cumberbatch’s high-functioning sociopath would not be embraced. “Couldn’t he be slightly nicer? Couldn’t you have a bigger star?” are questions he said were bandied about. “Ultimately it was the courage of convictions. It made Benedict a star and people love those rough edges.” Read More »
The third season of AMC‘s The Killing will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 2 at 8 PM. The new season, which stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder) along with new cast members Peter Sarsgaard, Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz, focuses on a new case, which will be resolved over the course of ten episodes, culminating with a two-hour finale. Read More »
Gregg Henry has joined the upcoming third season of AMC‘s The Killing. He will play Carl Reddick, Holder’s (Joel Kinnaman) seasoned new partner, a career cop who’s managed to neither excel to the top ranks nor ruffle anyone’s feathers. Henry, repped by Domain, has been recurring on ABC’s Scandal.
John Cho has been tapped for a guest starring role in Fox‘s pilot Sleepy Hollow. He plays local cop Andy Dunn. Cho, who recently signed with UTA, is a regular on NBC’s Go On.
After lengthy negotiations, Netflix has closed a deal with The Killing producer Fox Television Studios for the upcoming third season of the mystery drama, which premieres on AMC later this year. Under the pact, Netflix will be the exclusive subscription TV service for The Killing Season 3 and will begin streaming it three months after the third-season finale airs on AMC. That is an unusually short window for SVOD distribution of a cable series, which is usually tied to a season’s release on DVD around the following season’s premiere — about a year after the original TV run. I hear getting The Killing early was important for Netflix and key in getting the streaming service on board. The complete Season 2 of The Killing became available to Netflix members in the U.S. yesterday, joining Season 1, which launched on Netflix in 2012. “We’re excited to see The Killing back on TV and we’re especially proud to bring Season 3 to our members so soon after it premieres on AMC,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer. “The Killing is a terrific serialized drama and we know our members love these high-quality shows.”
Fox TV Studios president David Madden said that the agreement with Netflix “played an extremely significant part in the studio’s strategy that enabled us to bring The Killing back for a third season.” Indeed, after AMC originally opted not to order a third season, FtvS held complex parallel talks with AMC and Netflix, with a second revenue stream from Netflix in addition to the license fee from AMC allowing the studio to proceed with production on Season 3, which is currently underway. The Netflix pact comes two months after FtvS closed a deal with AMC for a third season renewal of The Killing. Read More »
Tory Kittles (Sons Of Anarchy) has landed a regular role on True Detective, HBO‘s upcoming eight-episode drama series starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The project centers on detectives Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case was reopened. In a recasting, Kittles will play Detective Thomas Papania who, along with his partner Maynard Gilbough (Michael Potts), question Hart and Cohle about the 1995 case and feel the duo is hiding something. Kittles, repped by APA and Circle of Confusion, replaces Wood Harris who was originally cast in the role. He recently co-starred in Lifetime’s highly-rated Steel Magnolias remake and in The Sapphires, recently acquired by the Weinstein Co.
Former Flashpoint star Hugh Dillon is set as a regular on the upcoming third season of the AMC’s drama The Killing, from Fox TV Studios. Season 3 follows Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) as she investigates the disappearance of another teen girl. Dillon will play Becker, who goes head to head with death row inmate Seward (Peter Sarsgaard). Also cast on the series … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Josh Hamilton has landed the male lead opposite Anna Gunn in Bravo‘s hourlong pilot Rita. Written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Miguel Arteta, Rita is a Fox TV Studios-produced adaptation of a Danish series. It is a family drama that follows Rita (Gunn), an acerbic, outspoken private-school teacher who struggles to raise her three teenage children while dealing with the inane bureaucracy and overprotective parents at her school. Hamilton will play Terrence, the principal at Cabbott Academy who is infatuated with the enigmatically sexy Rita but for her, their relationship is one of convenience.
Johnny Ray Gill (Harry’s Law, True Blood) is set as a regular on the upcoming third season of the AMC’s drama The Killing, also from FtvS. Season 3 follows Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) as she investigates the disappearance of another teen girl. Gill will play Alton Singleterry, a low-level gangbanger who may be on death row but hasn’t let that dampen his spirit. While Alton may think he can dictate his own fate through manipulation and persistence, he will learn there are other forces in his world that can affect his trajectory in ways he could never have imagined before. Gill, repped by Bauman, Redanty & Shaul and New Wave, will next be seen in Sundance Channel’s upcoming series Rectify.
In his first major TV series role, Peter Sarsgaard has joined the third season of the AMC’s drama The Killing, from Fox TV Studios. Season 3 follows Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) as she investigates the disappearance of another teen girl. Sarsgaard will play Tom Seward, a death row inmate for whom the clock is ticking down. A lifelong convict born into poverty and crime, Seward’s been in and out of the system for violent crimes since he was 10. Also cast in Season 3 is Amy Seimetz as the missing girl’s mother. The two join returning stars Enos and Joel Kinnaman and fellow new cast additions Elias Koteas, Max Fowler and Bex Taylor-Klaus.
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