Netflix UK & Ireland is set to be the exclusive UK home to new episodes of The Killing. The streaming service has sealed a deal with Fox Television Studios to pick up the exclusive rights to the third season of the AMC drama series.
TVWise reported last month that the series moving from Channel 4 to Netflix UK & Ireland in its first run was likely given the relative ratings performance of the show’s second season on Channel 4 last year and that insiders were telling me that they did not hold, nor have any plans to acquire, the UK rights to the show’s third season. Episodes from The Killing‘s third season will appear on Netflix UK & Ireland within a week of airing on AMC. The deal will also see the show’s second season made available to subscribers of the streaming service in May.
Based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen, The Killing was developed 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. After being cancelled last year, the series was eventually renewed for a third season following a deal between FTVS and AMC. The show’s third season is set a year after closing the Rosie Larsen case and Sarah 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. Owing to the backlash that the series incurred by not revealing the murderer of Rosie Larsen at the end of season 1, AMC and Fox Television Studios have announced that by the conclusion of the 12th episode of season 3, this new case will be solved. Returning for season 3 is Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden and Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder, while Veena Sud – whom originally developed the series – will once again return as executive producer and showrunner.
Speaking of the deal, Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix: “We’re excited to offer our members each new episode of Season 3 of The Killing within a week of its U.S. premiere on television. The Killing is a terrific serial drama and we know our members love these high-quality programmes.”
While David Madden, President of Fox Television Studios, added: “Our 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. Our showrunner, Veena Sud, has plunged our principals into new and dangerous worlds, with wicked twists and a climactic end-of-season resolution, and our acclaimed cast, including Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman and new cast member Peter Sarsgaard, are already thrillingly bringing it to life. We are delighted to be in business with Netflix to deliver Season 3, as well as past seasons of The Killing to a broader audience worldwide.”