AMC Cancels ‘The Killing’, Fox Television Studios Shopping Series To Other Networks

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AMC has cancelled The Killing after airing two seasons and 26 episodes of the drama series, the network announced today.

Based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen, The Killing was deveoped for American television by Veena Sud and followed a police investigation in Seattle into the murder of teenager Rosie Larsen. The drama series was produced by Fox Television Studios and starred Mireille Enos, Billy Campbell, Joel Kinnaman, Michelle Forbes, Brent Sexton, Kristin Lehman, Eric Ladin, Brendan Sexton and Jamie Anne Allman.

The show’s season one finale was controversial for not revealing the murderer of Rosie Larsen and the ensuing fallout saw the series suffer significant ratings declines in its second season. The move to cancel the heavily serialised procedural comes after weeks of deliberation, even so the series chances of renewal were considered a long shot with one source recently telling me that the odds of renewal were 60/40 against.

In a statement, AMC said: “After much deliberation, we’ve come to the difficult decision not to renew ‘The Killing’ for a third season. 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.”

Even so, series producer Fox Television Studios has announced that they are not ready to let the series go and will begin the process of shopping the series to other networks. In a statement, Fox Television Studios said: “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.”

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