A&E has picked up its hour-long drama pilot Those Who Kill to series with a 10 episode order, the network has announced. The official announcement comes after word leaked out last week that the project would be landing the series order and just 24 hours after A&E renewed freshman drama series Bates Motel for a second season.
Based on a popular Danish crime series format inspired by the bestselling work of author Elsebeth Egholm, Those Who Kill was developed for television by Glen Morgan and centers on Catherine Jensen, a freshly minted and incredibly smart police detective who tracks down serial killers. Jensen is also attempting to come to terms with her past by continuing to investigate her stepfather, who she suspects may be a serial killer, and her brother who went missing as a sixteen-year-old. Jensen enlists the help of Thomas Schaffer, a forensic psychiatrist, to help her get into the minds of serial killers, all the while luring Schaffer into her own personal investigation. Both characters possess a deep psychological understanding that connects them to the killers’ victims and to the killers themselves. The drama series is produced by Imagine Television & Fox 21 and stars Chloë Sevigny (Portlandia) and James D’Arcy (Hitchcock). The executive producers are Glen Morgan, Peter Bose and Jonas Allen.
“Those Who Kill is not a crime procedural about serial killers – it’s a deep serialized character portrait of two compelling yet damaged individuals coming together through the revelation of their dark past,” said Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel. “We are thrilled to have such an incredible cast and crew signed on to this project and the result should be an absolutely riveting series.”