‘The Killing’ Cancelled Again by AMC

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AMC has once again taken an ax to “The Killing.”

A rep for AMC confirmed, “We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of ‘The Killing.’ We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched.”

Show, based on the Danish drama “Forbrydelsen” and created by Veena Sud, starred Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as a pair of Seattle detectives trying to find the killer of a teenage girl.

“The Killing” was cancelled by AMC last summer but, thanks to a cost-effective deal between the network, Netflix and Fox TV Studios, AMC ordered a 12-episode third season of the drama in January, and rolled out the new segs in June.

“The Killing’s” return to AMC this summer, however, did not see a ratings lift, and the drama drew fewer viewers in its season three run than it did in season two. Season three of “The Killing” failed to crack the 2 million viewer mark in live broadcasts, and routinely fell below 1.5 million total viewers in recent episodes.

Fox TV Studios said in a statement: “We are extremely proud of all three seasons of ‘The Killing.’ We’re especially gratified to have orchestrated a unique deal with AMC for season three that included a bold partnership with Netflix. While we would have loved to produce a fourth season for AMC, FTVS is immensely grateful to everyone involved with this moving series: our brilliant cast, led by Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman and season three’s Peter Sarsgaard, our stellar executive producer, Veena Sud, a remarkable writing and producing team, and a tireless, dedicated crew. Most of all, FTVS thanks the terrific fans of ‘The Killing,’ who communicated their appreciation for the show throughout its run.

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  1. Tiffany says:

    I’m very disappointed that the Killing is being canceled! There are SO many worthless shows on tv that could be getting the ax instead. I loved the chemistry between Linden and Holder. Really hoping that AMC will rethink this terrible decision…

  2. Cheryl says:

    No way! What’s wrong with AMC. Some of us enjoy a seriously macabre tv drama! Soooooo sad!

  3. Diamondback says:

    Never watched series 3. Once the first murder was solved, I was done with the show.

  4. James Niglio says:

    I can not believe they canceled the killing on AMC.It was one of the best series that was on tv.The show will be sadly missed.

  5. Julie Williams says:

    Oh for cripe sake! I cannot believe one of my favorite shows has bit the dust! I was very impressed with this show and was trying to figure how Linden was going to get herself out of the mess she had made. Guess I can just forget about it now :( Dang!!!

  6. Bryna Weiss says:

    Oh, I so agree with all these comments. The crap is left and they take away one of the only shows worth watching on TV. It is outrageous, stupid, unfair to audiences. OMG, think again, AMC. We think this perfect series needs to remain!!!

  7. AMC has made some great choices, including putting shows such as The Killing and The Walking Dead on their network. (I understand Breaking Bad and Mad Men are fairly popular, too.) But killing The Killing? Bad move. They’d be better off canceling that new cop drama.

    The Killing was one of the very best series on television I’ve seen in recent years. It was was realistic, engaging, well-performed and well-written. All three seasons worked for me, and viewers who watched from the first season were rewarded with a third season storyline that recalled and tied in with the first two.

    The story seems incomplete and has a great deal of potential moving forward. Unfortunately, it looks like AMC lacks the imagination to understand that.

  8. GThang says:

    Please Cancel Mad Men already I don’t know what people see in that crap and yes all those reality shows,we don’t need them on AMC!

  9. JFPD says:

    What a bunch of balls!! Seriously! AMC, what is the matter with you?!? Joel and Mireille had such chemistry as Holder and Linden. What a wasted opportunity to pull more fans in with better writing and better plot twists. Loved the series and will miss it greatly.

  10. pecker says:

    Another amazing show being cancelled. Amazing acting, writing, direction – visually gorgeous in all it’s ugliness. I loved it. Idiots in charge.

  11. Paul R. James says:

    As usual, I loved this show and always looked forward to it so naturally the great TV moguls decided to cancel it. This seems to be happening to all the good shows I like, more and more. We need good thought suspenseful shows to balance out all the drab usual comedy shows on TV. Give us a break already.

  12. Crystal says:

    Season three was much, much better than the first two seasons. I am very disappointed to see this news. In the end, this is Veena Sud’s fault, though. She pissed off a lot of fans with that season two crap. Season two essentially turned a good portion of viewers off on even giving season three a chance. Even in spite of its superb acting, season two’s storyline was rubbish.

    I am glad I took a shot on season three and I am quite heartbroken there will not be a season four. At least the series ended with a great final season.

  13. Well said, Connie. The series hooked me and was greatful that netflix had the first 2 seasons. Hopefully #3 will be on netflix soon.

  14. Jen says:

    JOOOOEEEEELLLLL!!!!!! I can’t believe I won’t be seeing him every week!!!!

  15. Connie says:

    This was a great show. There are so many crappy shows on tv and the one that was good is going away.

  16. Stacia says:

    It was a great show, but in the end it was a whodunit and after season 2 I think some fans thought the mystery was solved. Amazing actors on this show!

  17. It’s sad to hear The Killing has been cancelled. It’s one of the best shows out there. Why don’t they cacncel some of these reality shows instead? All that ever goes on with those shows is people fighting and argueing with each other. I was looking so forward to season 4. How sad …… :(

    • Evildad says:

      Reality shows are cheap cheap cheap to produce, and there are (unfortunately) tons of viewers who are really voyeurs and like to watch the train wrecks that reality tv delivers. Season 3 of The Killing was actually better than one and two combined, with cinematography equal to big budget films and a storyline and acting that ripped your heart out every episode. Very possibly the best television show to air in 2013.

  18. Luis says:

    It makes me sick to see great shows to be canceled. The criticism about the first season was so stupid. Why a show has to tell you ” who is the killer” at the end of the first season. Have we lost our patience? Let’s care about quality! I am sad, because the third season has some of the best episodes on tv this year, only Breaking Bad is above the third season of The Killing in 2013.

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