UPDATE: AMC Networks Reports Mixed Q4 Results Helped By ‘Walking Dead’ But Hurt By Write-Off For Cancelled ‘Low Winter Sun’ & ‘The Killing’

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 4:25am PST

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.

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Gregg Henry Upped To Regular On ‘The Killing’, Sarah-Jane Potts Joins ‘Gracepoint’

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 10:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

craighenryGregg 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 … Read More »

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‘The Killing’ Adds Tyler Ross, Sterling Beaumon & Levi Meaden

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 5:00pm PST

tyler1ster1Tyler 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 … Read More »

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Joan Allen Joins ‘The Killing’s Final Season

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

joanallenThe 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 … Read More »

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‘The Killing’ Cheats Death A Second Time With 6-Episode Final Season On Netflix

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

It’s déjà vu again for The Killing, which refuses to live up to its name. Killing Netflix Season 4The 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 »

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‘The Killing’ Cancelled By AMC: No Season 4

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 6:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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‘The Killing’s Mireille Enos Joins MGM’s ‘If I Stay’

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 3:16pm PDT
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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 … Read More »

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AMC’s ‘The Killing’ Season Finale Up From Last Year

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 11:14am PDT

The Season 3 end of The Killing pulled in an audience of 1.5 million for AMC last night. The two-hour finale of the cancelled and then resurrected crime drama garnered a 1.2 household … Read More »

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AMC’s ‘The Killing’ Returns Even With Previous Premiere

By | Monday June 3, 2013 @ 12:38pm PDT

Back from the dead, The Killing’s Season 3 debut last night matched its Season 2 opener. The cancelled and then resurrected AMC crime drama garnered 1.8 million viewers and a 1.4 household … Read More »

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MIPTV: BBC’s Ben Stephenson & DR’s Piv Bernth Talk ‘Sherlock’, ‘The Killing’ And Working With U.S. Partners

By | Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 5:20am PDT

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 »

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‘The Killing’ & ‘Copper’ Get Premiere Dates

By | Friday March 29, 2013 @ 12:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Gregg Henry To Recur On ‘The Killing’, John Cho To Guest Star In Pilot ‘Sleepy Hollow’

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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Netflix Pacts For ‘The Killing’ Season 3

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 3:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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HBO Series ‘True Detective’, AMC’s ‘The Killing’ Add To Casts

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 12:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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Josh Hamilton Boards Bravo Pilot ‘Rita’, Johnny Ray Gill Joins AMC’s ‘The Killing’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 4:51pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Josh HamiltonEXCLUSIVE: 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 … Read More »

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Peter Sarsgaard Joins AMC’s ‘The Killing’

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:50pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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Elias Koteas To Co-Star On Season 3 Of ‘The Killing’

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 10:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Killing has tapped its first new cast member for Season 3. Elias Koteas will join returning stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman on the upcoming season of the AMC/Fox TV Studios drama, … Read More »

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It’s Official: ‘The Killing’ Returns To AMC For Third Season With Self-Contained New Case

By | Tuesday January 15, 2013 @ 1:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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.

Related: AMC And Netflix Near Deal To Resurrect ‘The Killing’

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.” Read More »

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Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin To Return To ‘The Killing’ As Executive Producers

By | Friday November 30, 2012 @ 2:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

AMC, Fox TV Studios and The Killing developer/executive producer Veena Sud are putting the team back together in anticipation of a formal green light for a third season of the mystery series to air on AMC and Netflix. Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, who served as co-executive producers in the first and second season, are expected to return as executive producers, and have started working with Sud on stories for Season 3.

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