‘The Killing’ May Be Saved by Netflix or DirecTV

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DirecTV Netflix Consider Saving The Killing The Killing May Be Saved by Netflix or DirecTV

When the second season of AMC’s The Killing came to a close earlier this year, fans breathed a sigh of relief knowing the production wasn’t going to leave integral plot threads dangling yet again. However, the decision to wrap up the series’ central mystery – who killed Rosie Larsen – left it without a place to go for season 3.

Though AMC might not be interested in seeing where a third season could go – as made evident by their decision to cancel The Killing – there are apparently several other companies that are. A few weeks back we said that it might be possible for The Killing to live on at another network, and now two different outlets have stepped up and expressed their interest.

The news comes to us from TV Line, who report that popular DVD and Blu-Ray rental service Netflix and cable provider DirecTV are eying a resurrection of the show. Both Netflix and DirecTV have a history of reviving cancelled series with strong fan followings – Netflix has a fourth season of Arrested Development in production while DirecTV helped bring Friday Night Lights and Damages back to the air – but are also considered extremely selective.

When contacted to comment, Netflix refused to discuss the matter, and DirecTV provided a “canned” statement that they surely give after every moderately popular show gets cancelled. Just this past season Netflix was considered a top contender to resurrect several axed genre shows, among them Fox’s Terra Nova, but nothing came of that. It’s fair to say that like those other cancelled series, The Killing has just as good a shot of being picked up, but fans of Mereille Enos and Joel Kinnaman (the new Robocop) should probably look forward to their next projects instead.

The Killing‘s was canceled due to continually decreasing ratings and part of that could have been how it took two full seasons to conclude the murder mystery that begin in season one. The Swedish series on which The Killing was based (Forbrydelsen) followed a different crime each season – a quality most figured (hoped) the US version would adopt. When it didn’t, viewers began to question how long a series like this could go on without giving answers.

The Cast of The Killing The Killing May Be Saved by Netflix or DirecTV

Unfortunately, producers worried that abandoning many of the Rosie Larson storyline’s key characters in favor of new ones would alienate viewers. What they ended up with instead was a fan base disgruntled by a completely unresolved season 1 plot.

The Killing may yet live on through another network or service, but as time ticks by so do the odds of this revitalization ever getting off the ground. The series was applauded for its moody atmosphere and attention to detail, but its resistance to revealing too much too early was its downfall.

Do you think that either Netflix or DirecTV should save The Killing?


Source: TV Line


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  1. It was a fantastic series. I like the way it was presented and concluded. Not *all* the fans were disgruntled, as the producers, writers and (remarkable) ensemble cast made the payoff well, well worth it! Some career-best performances can be found in the first two seasons. Even so, I like the finality of it ending. They solved the case that was the entire PR campaign of the show.

  2. Every show that gets cancelled is reported as being on the verge of a pick-up by one of these outlets and it never happens. It’s a waste of time to even think about it.

    • Say that to fans of Arrested Development, Friday Night Lights and Damages.

  3. As much as I enjoyed the show (yes, the pace was awful, but it had some of the best acting on tv), I don’t think it should be picked.

    I was satisfied with its conclusion though, plus I don’t want to see another season of Mereille Enos being depressed and I couldn’t take another season of us seeing her so miserable.

  4. I would definitely tune in for a third season ! LOVE THE SHOW!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Anthony, amend your article, the Killing is not based on a swedish show, its based on a Danish show.

  7. I love how they didn’t reveal the killer in the first season. I assumed it would take 4-5 seasons to be honest. I thought this show was amazing! I would give anything for this show to be picked up on Netflix!! I would also love to see netflix bring back “the practice”

    The kIlling is awesome and the acting is fantastic!