In what may be a first in TV history, The Killing has been resurrected for a second time.
Netflix and Fox Television Studios (FTVS) have reached a deal that will see the series return exclusively to the streaming service for a 6 episode final season in 2014. Season 4 will be available exclusively on Netflix in all territories where the streaming service has a presence – including the UK.
Based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen, The Killing was developed for American television by Veena Sud and followed a police investigation in Seattle following a single murder case. The drama series was produced by Fox Television Studios and in its most recent season starred Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Peter Sarsgaard, Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz. Veena Sud is returning as lead writer/showrunner for season four, with series stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman also set to return.
As noted above, this is the second time that The Killing has been resurrected. Following the show’s first season there was some outrage from viewers that the Rosie Larsen arc hadn’t been concluded ahead of season two, which in turn led to a dip in ratings for the show’s second season. Following that dip in the ratings, AMC cancelled the series, only to bring it back months later for a third season when Netflix came on-board as a co-financer – a deal which gave them exclusive streaming rights to the series state-side and made Netflix the exclusive broadcaster of The Killing in a number of international territories, including the UK. Following that third season AMC again pulled the plug on the series. The strong performance of The Killing on Netflix in 40+ territories is what led to this latest revival, which does not include AMC.
“It’s a true testament to Veena Sud, and the stellar cast led so compellingly by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, that fans remained so passionate about the show”, said David Madden, President of Fox Television Studios. “We’re gratified that our partners at Netflix recognized this, and are giving us the opportunity to complete the story in a way that will be satisfying to our loyal audience.”
While Cindy Holland, Netflix’s Vice-President of Original Content, added: “The rich, serialized storytelling in The Killing thrives on Netflix, and we believe that it is only fitting to give Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder a proper send off. We are looking forward to offering fans – both existing and new – a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand viewing.”