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, in which homicide detective Sarah Linden will investigate the disappearance of another teen girl. Koteas will play Linden’s ex-partner Ed Skinner, a well-respected and intense cop with a personal secret. AMC recently signed on for a third season of The Killing, shepherded by showrunner Veena Sud, which will resolve the new mystery by the end of the season.
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.”
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.
EXCLUSIVE: It looks like The Killing will be coming back for a third season after all. Two and a half months after AMC opted not to renew the mystery drama for a third season, I hear the cable network is close to a deal to bring the show back, this time in tandem with streaming giant Netflix. I hear AMC would get first window.
A deal, which is still being hammered out, would be the culmination of a relentless effort by The Killing producer Fox TV Studios to keep the series alive. When The Killing‘s cancellation was announced, the studio vowed to “try to find another home for the show” and talked with a number of potential buyers before zeroing in on Netflix. The talks, which were touch and go for awhile, subsequently brought AMC back into the equation. I hear a strong third-season pitch by series’ developer/executive producer Veena Sud helped get the modestly-rated drama back on the cable network which will now share its The Killing-associated costs with Netflix. Fox TV Studios already had the cast, including breakout stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, locked in for Season 3, which also made a renewal an easier proposition. I hear feelers are now being sent out to key behind-the-scene auspices to return, and Season 3 is eying a February production start. AMC, Netflix and FtvS declined comment.
The split window deal for The Killing resembles that for NBC’s critically praised drama Friday Night Lights, which was on the verge of cancellation after Season 2 before the broadcast network partnered with DirecTV. In that case, the satcaster got the premiere run of the show, with NBC airing the seasons a few months later.
EXCLUSIVE: The Killing star Mireille Enos is set to star in Ten, the David Ayer-directed film that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington. QED is producing, financing and handling international sales. Shooting begins in October in Atlanta. The film has also gone under the working title Breacher.
Enos will play a member of the elite DEA team, and she is married to the character played by Worthington. Enos will next star in the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad opposite Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin for Warner Bros. She recently completed the Marc Forster-directed World War Z with Brad Pitt, and with both of those films undergoing reshoots, it was complicated to get her into this role, but it all worked out. Enos is currently in production on Devil’s Knot, starring with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. Mireille received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her work in The Killing, which seems to be ending following its second season on AMC, though there has been talk of it possibly landing elsewhere. Enos also was part of the Big Love cast before that and got a Tony nom for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Broadway. She’s repped by CAA and Gartner/Green Entertainment.
When AMC cancelled The Killing a month ago, producer Fox TV Studios vowed to “try to find another home for the show.” The studio kept its word, starting to meet with potential outlets last weak. Our sister site TVLine reports that Netflix and DirecTV have expressed interest. I hear that meetings are still ongoing, with other prospective buyers, including Amazon, yet to sit down with FtvS. There is nothing definitive yet but people close to the show feel hopeful. Besides an established brand, The Killing brings to the table two stars, Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, who have broken out in a big way since they were cast in the pilot of the show.
Still, picking up a cancelled show is not an easy sell. DirecTV rescued NBC’s Friday Night Lights and FX’s Damages but it is moving on to launching its own series — just today the satcaster announced that start of principal photography of its first original scripted series, drama Rogue. Netflix resurrected a cancelled series, Fox’s Arrested Development, but that is a cult series that had stood the test of time, still enjoying a fan following a decade after its run. Earlier this year, the streaming giant had a chance to pick up Fox’s canceled drama Terra Nova and engaged in conversations with its producers but ultimately passed. Ditto on Amazon and ABC’s Pan Am. The company most active in picking up cancelled series recently has …
AMC‘s The Killing will end its run after two seasons as the network has opted not to renew the mystery drama for a third cycle. Series producer Fox TV Studios plans to shop the series to other networks.
The Killing, an adaptation of a Danish format, launched strong in 2011. Its first-season finale was one of the most talked about episodes of television in the past few years, triggering controversy with the decision not to reveal the killer. The show returned lower in Season 2 and never regained its ratings momentum. Still, the renewal decision was considered a tough one for AMC as the network faces the departure of Breaking Bad and has likely two seasons left in Mad Men, while, controversy aside, The Killing is established and features two actors, Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, who have broken out in a big way since they were cast in the pilot of the show. “After much deliberation, we’ve come to the difficult decision not to renew The Killing for a third season,” AMC said in a statement. “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.”
FtvS issued a similarly-worded statement, saying that “it is extremely proud of The Killing, the extraordinary writing …
UPDATE: Copperhead director Ron Maxwell took issue with some of the specifics of our story. He released the following statement from Canada on Wednesday: “It is truly regrettable when unnamed sources make spurious statements on subjects of which they know nothing. The assertion that Jason Patric was replaced on Copperhead because he would not take direction is completely false. Consummate professionals are replaced everyday, all the time, in all walks of life. It happens. Welcome to the real world. Jason is a total professional, a first rate actor and despite our creative differences, a friend.” Hold on, “creative differences?” Wasn’t that, specifics aside, what our story said?
PREVIOUS, Tuesday PM: Copperhead has a new lead actor. Billy Campbell will take over the lead in the Civil War-era feature after Jason Patric was let go this weekend. Copperhead was three weeks into shooting up in New Brunswick, Canada, when Patric was dismissed, Deadline has heard, for refusing to take instructions from director Ron Maxwell. Billy Campbell, who plays Darren Richmond on AMC’s The Killing, will now portray family head Amber Beech in the film, which is being produced by Swordspoint Productions. The feature is based on Harold Frederic’s 1883 novel about a family feud during the Civil War. Patric is repped by ICM. Campbell is repped by CAA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Entertainment.
UPDATED: AMC’s The Killing opened its second season with 1.8 million viewers tuning in for its two-hour premiere, 661,000 of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. That was down 33% and 26%, respectively, from the mystery series’ debut last April. The second season premiere was also down 22% from The Killing‘s first season finale. Was it a lingering backlash from the first season ending with no resolution? For the night, The Killing drew a total of 2.5 million viewers for the 8 PM and 11 PM airings. Last year’s impressive cume, 4.7 million, included 2 encores, at 11 PM and 1 AM. At 10 PM, Mad Men (2.9 million total viewers, 1.3 million adults 18-49) was down 17% in viewers from last week’s two-hour fifth season premiere, 19% in 18-49.
Meanwhile, the second season finale of Showtime’s Shameless drew 1.45 million viewers, up 26% from the Season 1 finale. Through 8 weeks of total data, Shameless‘ season two is running 29% above last season. The freshman season finale of House of Lies posted 775,000 viewers, down from the 1.03 million for the series premiere but up from the dark comedy’s most recent airings. Californication ended its fifth season with 768,000 viewers, up 40% from the Season 4 closer. No numbers yet for the second season premiere of HBO’s Game Of Throne last night.
EXCLUSIVE: Patty Jenkins, who directed the pilot for AMC’s mystery drama The Killing, is back to helm the pivotal second season finale, which will resolve the two-season-long murder mystery that started in the pilot episode and will finally answer the question “Who killed Rosie Larsen?”. There is a lot riding on that episode following the backlash among fans after Season One ended with no resolution. This will be Jenkins’ first directing gig on The Killing since the pilot, which earned her a DGA Award and an Emmy nomination. Season 2 of The Killing, which is produced by Fox TV Studios, premieres this Sunday.
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that MGM is making an offer to Joel Kinnaman to play the title role in its Robocop remake. The film’s being directed by Jose Padilha, helmer of two action packed installments of Elite Squad. Strike Entertainment partners Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing. Josh Zetumer wrote the script.
Kinnaman, who’d take the role originated by Peter Weller in the 1987 Paul Verhoeven original, most recently turned in a memorable performance in Safe House opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. He burst on the scene in the AMC series The Killing. Before that he starred in Snabba Cash, which was directed by Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa. Kinnaman, who’s repped by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment’s Shelley Browning, becomes the second high profile casting move made by MGM this week. The studio is in early talks with Dwayne Johnson to play Hercules.
AMC Sets 2-Hour Premiere For ‘Mad Men’ & ‘Killing’ Return, Supersizes ‘Walking Dead’, Promises ‘Killing’ Killer Will Be Revealed
UPDATED: During its portion of TCA, AMC confirmed that the fifth season of Mad Men will debut on March 25. (Star Jon Hamm had let the date slip in an interview late last week.) But in a twist, the Emmy-winning 1960s drama will open Season 5 with a two-hour premiere for the first time in its run. The network also announced that The Killing‘s second season will kick off on April 1, the date of the second season premiere of HBO’s Game Of Thrones. What’s more, after enduring the wrath of fans over closing the show’s first season without solving the murder at its center, AMC’s SVP original programming Joel Stillerman assured critics that won’t happen again in Season 2. “I can stand here and confirm that we heard everyone, and the killer will be revealed in the Season 2 finale of The Killing,” he said. “We explored veering away from the original Danish model (following the controversy). At the end of the day, after significant discussion, we decided that resolving the murder at the end of Season 2 was the best plan.”
Additionally, AMC said that the upcoming third season of The Walking Dead will consist of 16 episodes, up from 6 episodes in Season 1 and 13 in Season 2. The zombie drama’s sophomore season continues on Feb. 12, paired with Kevin Smith’s six-part docu series Comic Book Men. As for AMC’s other …
EXCLUSIVE: Mireille Enos has signed with CAA. She was with Innovative Artists. Enos got her big break when she was cast as the lead on AMC’s drama series The Killing, a role that earned her a Primetime Emmy nomination. Since then, Enos has landed her first lead role in a studio feature, Paramount Pictures’ Brad Pitt starrer World War Z, which she just wrapped. She is now filming Gangster Squad opposite Josh Brolin and will next begin production on the second season of The Killing. Enos, who previously had a recurring role on HBO’s Big Love and was nominated for a Tony in 2005 for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, continues to be repped by manager Howard Green and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.
The BBC has slashed its budget for foreign TV imports such as AMC’s Mad Men and Danish thriller The Killing, which was a hit for the broadcaster. Budget cuts announced this morning mean that talent may also quit for rival channels because the BBC cannot afford them. Mark Thompson, BBC director general, said in London that the BBC will cut its budget by a further $1 billion a year by 2016/17. This comes on top of savings already announced. Around 2,000 of the broadcaster’s 17,000-strong workforce will lose their jobs – 12% of employees. It is thought half of the redundancies will come from BBC News. The Beeb also plans to move out of its west London headquarters, possibly knocking down its huge offices and maybe sell the land to Chelsea soccer club, which has been looking for a new home. The Corporation, which, in economic terms matches the size of the British film industry, is cutting its budget by 20% to $5.4 billion a year for six years. Last October the Beeb rushed into what many saw as a hastily-agreed deal with the UK government, agreeing to have its state grant cut by 16%. Plus the BBC is looking to divert 4% of the money it currently spends into programming and technology rather than on back-office operations. In 2010’s UK government spending review, the BBC licence fee – the compulsory tax which everybody must pay — was frozen at …
ProSiebenSat.1´s production and distribution company Red Arrow Entertainment Group has acquired a majority stake in manager/producer Mikkel Bondesen’s U.S. production company Fuse. The Denmark-born Bondesen launched his U.S. production company in 2005. Its credits include USA’s Burn Notice and Fox’s The Good Guys, both created by Bondesen’s client Matt Nix, as well as AMC’s The Killing, whose format Bondesen brought to the U.S. from Denmark. All three series have been produced by Fox TV Studios, where Bondesen and Fuse have a first-look deal. Since its January 2010 launch, Red Arrow has been acquiring TV production companies and now owns majority stake in 12 companies spanning eight countries. Its first move in the U.S. was last year’s acquisition of 51% interest in Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content, which specializes in unscripted series. The Fuse deal gives Red Arrow a similar foothold in the U.S. marketplace on the scripted side. As part of the Fuse deal, Swedish producer Henrik Bastin (ABC’s My Generation) has joined Fuse as partner and CEO and the company’s development executive Kristen Campo has been upped to partner.
Matthew Weiner, Mad Men (AMC)
Why He Was Nominated: What, are you kidding? Weiner has been nominated for 18 of these things and come out on top eight times, including winning both as producer and writer for Mad Men the last three years running. He also took the prize as a producer for a little show called The Sopranos in both 2004 and 2007. The fact that Weiner has personally earned 10 nominations for Mad Men during the past three years alone is a bit astonishing, particularly when you consider that AMC wasn’t on the Emmy map at all until Weiner arrived.
Why He Has To Win: It would take almost an act of God to keep Weiner from taking both the series and writing trophies for a fourth consecutive year, in part because the Mad Men episode for which he’s nominated — “The Suitcase” — is considered both a tour de force for star Jon Hamm and one of the show’s best hours, period. And that’s saying something. The hour was essentially a writing showcase for Weiner and an acting workshop for Hamm and co-star Elisabeth Moss. Cue the bandwagon.
Why He Can’t Possibly Win: That Mad Men is nominated twice here has the possibility of splitting the vote. There’s also the school of thought that the late momentum for Friday Night Lights could carry Jason Katims (nominated for the series finale) to an upset victory. Or, you know, the sun may not rise tomorrow. Anything is possible.
Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Why He Was Nominated: What, are you kidding? Had Martin Scorsese not been nominated for having directed the pilot of HBO’s Prohibition-themed mob epic Boardwalk Empire, the embarrassment would have been never-ending. The legendary director has eight Oscar nominations (and a lone win in 2007 for The Departed) to his credit along with three Emmy noms (including three this year). Most important, he’s Martin Scorsese. That’s really all you need to know.
Why He Has To Win: For so many reasons. Start with the fact that, of Scorsese’s five previous Emmy noms, he won none. There’s an oversight that the TV Academy seemingly needs to correct. He’s coming off of a DGA Award triumph for Boardwalk. He’s a universally revered filmmaker and human being. And the competition, while it includes a fellow Oscar winner, isn’t overwhelming. Of course, even if it were, it wouldn’t matter. As one series director told me, “There are a lot of things I can imagine, but Martin Scorsese losing here isn’t one of them.”
Why He Can’t Possibly Win: This would only be possible had Scorsese’s name inadvertently been omitted from the voting ballot. There is a slight possibility that the Boardwalk vote could be split given the fact there are a pair of nominees, but probably not. The fact the series premiere happened a year ago also could lose him a few votes. But not many.
This year’s Emmy race for Outstanding Drama Series will continue cable’s dominance in this most prestigious category. Cable claimed 10 of the 13 nomination spots over the past two years, and 13 of 19 since 2008. By contrast, cable earned a mere nine nods combined in the seven years between 2001 and 2007 when the networks still ruled. The shift from broadcast is so extreme in 2011 that CBS’ The Good Wife is considered the only network series with a solid shot to earn its second nomination in as many years. (Though not in that league, NBC/DirecTV’s Friday Night Lights, NBC’s Parenthood, and CBS’ Blue Bloods deserve consideration while ABC has entered a rebuilding phase.) The sad reality is that the broadcast networks, which just signed a new eight-year deal with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to carry the Emmys, are facing a possible first-ever shutout from the top drama series category. That’s because of the continuing strength and ambition of programming on cable — in particular, HBO in a return to form, and AMC still on a roll.
HBO’s Prohibition-era hourlong Boardwalk Empire drew the most critical attention this Emmy season because of its pedigreed producer team, headed by the legendary Martin Scorsese and creator/showrunner Terence Winter, a Sopranos alum. How interesting that the pay channel’s expensive serial will compete against another period drama from that other Sopranos alum Matt Weiner. AMC’s first acclaimed original series, Mad Men, has won this category three years running and is bidding this year to be the first series to win four in a row since NBC’s The West Wing (2000- 2003). Though the frontrunner, Mad Men could be hurt by a long hiatus.
AMC has seized the mantle from HBO as TV’s preeminent quality-drama purveyor with a pair of newcomers that could crack the series field this year: the zombie-themed hour The Walking Dead, and the dark murder mystery The Killing. Even though two-time category nominee Breaking Bad is not eligible for 2011, AMC could still land three nods, becoming the first network in 10 years to do so in this category, after NBC scored the hat trick in 2001 with The West Wing, ER, and Law & Order. No cable network has ever managed the feat to date.
And then there’s Showtime, whose Dexter is in the running for its fourth consecutive Outstanding Drama nomination, along with first-season Shameless. FX is pushing its increasingly buzzed-about Western, Justified and, to a lesser extent, Sons Of Anarchy. TNT wants attention for The Closer, Men Of A Certain Age, and Southland. USA is pressing Covert Affairs and White Collar. Here’s our assessment of the chances for this year’s drama series in alphabetical order:
Drama series producers agonize over their selection of up to six episodes for 2011 Emmy nomination consideration. Here’s insight from Deadline TV Contributor Diane Haithman into why these particular episodes were thought to impress Emmy voters:
BOARDWALK EMPIRE – PILOT EPISODE
Story line: It is January 1920, on the eve of Prohibition. Atlantic City’s treasurer Enoch “Nucky”Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi and based on a real-life crime boss) publicly condemns alcohol while plotting to make a tidy profit selling bootleg liquor.
The period drama entered the 75-minute pilot episode because it was directed by Martin Scorsese and reportedly cost $50 million (which would make it the most expensive pilot episode ever produced). About the selection of this and the other episodes, creator Terence Winter explains, “We wanted to make sure we gave a representative selection of the show and be sure that the narrative arc didn’t leave voters completely confused.”
MAD MEN – “THE SUITCASE”
Story line: This episode deconstructs one evening in the life of Don Draper and Peggy Olson, weaving the fictional events with a real-life May 1965 World Heavyweight boxing match. Don forces Peggy to work all night on her birthday, Duck Phillips has a drunken fistfight with Don, and Peggy comforts Don when he learns of Anna’s death.
“The Suitcase” is generating buzz not only for the drama series but also for Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss to strut their Emmy stuff. “It’s about two lost souls who, through the course of one alcohol-infused evening together, slowly shed their protective veneers to reveal their raw, messy cores,” says Jennifer Getzinger, who directed the episode written by show creator Matthew Weiner. “The beauty …