Adding to its roster of great TV programming (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead), AMC will premiere its newest show, the mystery/crime series The Killing in April.

Based on the Danish TV series Forbrydelsen, The Killing will focus on a Seattle police investigation into the murder of a young girl.

The twist with this show is that it will have a pretty unique format for a crime procedural: each of the 13 episodes in the season will encompasses one day and the focus of the episodes will rotate between the lead detectives on the case, the murdered girl’s grieving parents, and a city council president who is running for mayor. Through this rotating focus secrets will be exposed, we’ll learn about what drives the respective characters, and ultimately the city, the people in it, and the ramifications of one violent act will all be webbed together.

It’s an interesting approach to the crime procedural genre, and the closest comparison I can think of would be HBO’s The Wire – possibly the greatest achievement in television – which showed how crime, drugs, politics, education and media all connect to form the topography of modern America’s urban landscape. While I don’t think The Killing will go as deep into things as The Wire did over its five-season run, I still expect to get more food for thought from this AMC series than I would from an episode of Law & Order or CSI (though that’s not really saying much :-P).

The cast of The Killing includes Mireille Enos (Big Love) as lead homicide detective Rosie Larsen; Joel Kinnaman (Snabba Cash) as Stephen Holder, an ex-narc cop who joins the investigation; Billy Campbell (Enough) as City Council President Darren Richmond; Michelle Forbes (True Blood) as Mitch Larsen, the victim’s mother; and Brent Sexton (In the Valley of Elah) as Stan Larsen, the victims father.

For a preview of the show go HERE.

The official premiere date for The Killing is April 3rd @ 9m on AMC. After the pilot episode, the show will move into its regular 10 pm Sunday timeslot.

Source: AMC

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