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Axed: The Killing (US)

US adaptation will end its run after two seasons but FOX TV Studios plans to shop the series to other networks.

The US adaptation of The Killing will end its run after two seasons after AMC opted not to renew it.

But FOX TV Studios plans to shop the series to other networks.

“After much deliberation, we’ve come to the difficult decision not to renew The Killing for a third season,” AMC said in a statement. “AMC is incredibly proud of the show and is fortunate to have worked with such a talented team on this project, from showrunner Veena Sud and our terrific partners at Fox Television Studios to the talented, dedicated crew and exceptional cast.”

The adaptation of the Danish original with Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman attracted strong buzz in the US but there was a controversial move at the end of the first season with a decision not to reveal the killer, and Season 2 never really recovered.

Meanwhile, AMC faces the departure of Breaking Bad and has likely two seasons left in Mad Men.

FOX TV says “it is extremely proud of The Killing, the extraordinary writing staff and crew, and what we believe is one of the best casts on television” and stressed that “we will proceed to try to find another home for the show.”

Source: Deadline

6 Responses

  1. Yet another unnecessary remake. The original Danish show is brilliant but large part of that was it’s Scandianvianness. The slow deliberate pace and red herrings are very importantl to the story.

    The Yanks are actually watching Downton Abbey, so at least there won’t be an attempted US remake of that! Wilfred remains the exception that proves the rule.

  2. @Secret Squirrel: I love the implication that someone who watches Mad Men can’t appreciate a slow-burning show.

    The Killing’s problem was that it was a poorly-written mess. Just go back and watch Twin Peaks instead.

  3. Glad to see this show was axed, it was so freakin miserable and depressing. Granted I only watched one episode but that was enough to make me tune out

    I watch and enjoy Mad Men, Breaking Bad, True Blood and Game of Thrones, and many other cable shows, but this one was rubbish. Even most of the fans of the show often complained about the red herrings and slow pace

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