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AMC, Netflix and producer Fox Television Studios are reportedly in talks to revive The Killing, which was cancelled in July following its second season.
In July, Fox TV vowed to fans that they would try to find another venue for the show, which had a widely acclaimed first season. The first season finale was criticized though, turning off many viewers and resulted in a low-rated second season.
“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,” the studio said at the time.
According to Deadline, Fox’s first target was Netflix, which has also agreed to revive Arrested Development and is now developing its own shows. Deadline’s sources say that initially, the talks were going nowhere, until AMC entered negotiations. As the deal stands at this point, AMC will get first window before the third season is available for Netflix subscribers.
Developer and executive producer Veena Sud’s strong pitch for a third season also helped the deal move along. Actors Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman have also committed to a third season.
Deadline also notes that the deal isn’t quite done, but it is very close to being completed.
The Killing is based on a Danish series titled Forbrydelsen (The Crime). With Breaking Bad ending soon and Mad Men only having two seasons left, AMC could use another series on its schedule, so the renewal of The Killing will certainly help.