‘The Killing’ Lives: Netflix Orders Six Final Episodes

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Fox TV Studios drama series dodges cancellation ax for second time

The Killing” has cheated death for a second time.

Netflix has ordered six episodes of what it is calling a fourth and final limited season to wrap up the Fox TV Studios series that began on AMC in 2011.

Veena Sud is back as showrunner of the moody drama that stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as Seattle detectives enmeshed in murder cases. The U.S. adaptation is based on the Danish skein “Forbrydelsen.”

“Killing” was canceled by AMC in 2012 after two seasons, only to be revived when Netflix teamed with the cabler in a shared-window pact. After a low-rated third season, AMC opted to ax the show again earlier this year. But Fox TV Studios, Sud and her reps at WME quietly assembled a pitch for a final half-dozen segs that was strong enough to interest Netflix, given the show’s existing following. The first three seasons of the show are already available for streaming on the service.

Netflix emphasized in announcing the pickup the “Killing” this time around will be exclusive to its worldwide subscribers, which now number more than 40 million. As with all of its original series, Netflix will make the six segs available all at once, though a premiere date has not been specified. Production is expected to begin in February in Vancouver.

“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,” said Cindy Holland, veep of original content for Netflix. “We are looking forward to offering fans – both existing and new — a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand viewing.”

Fox TV Studios topper David Madden said: “It’s a true testament to ‘The Killing’ creator Veena Sud, and the stellar cast led so compellingly by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, that fans remained so passionate about the show. We’re gratified that our partners at Netflix recognized this.”

Mikkel Bondesen is exec producer of “Killing” along with Sud.

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  1. Anne says:

    When is season four coming to netflix

  2. YesM says:

    Thank you – it’s my fav show.

    • paul barrett says:

      Terrific and the wonderfully quirky Linden and Holder. Are the greatest duo since ham and eggs or even rock and roll. I have to see season 4 and then hope for more.

  3. Maria Wilkey says:

    I have never commented on a show that I have watched… THE KILLING is amazing… the cast is incredible and truly “unmatched” compared to other shows whether they are aired on NETFLIX or not… just an amazing story, cast, the scenery… wish it would continue with more story lines… love it.

  4. Daryle Gardner-Bonneau says:

    Good news! I really enjoyed this show and look forward to these new episodes and, hopefully, a good closure for the series.

  5. Chris Howard says:

    Thank goodness! Finally! Closure!

  6. Maureen Renee says:

    Netflix, my hero!

  7. Eva Vollera says:

    It is a great show and AMC FOX should never have cancelled it . I am glad that Netflix listen to their viewers and has good business sense to keep the show going

  8. Jackie G. says:

    This makes me beyond happy!! The Killing is one of the few shows that I’m willing to wait a week to watch a new episode. I loved the suspense of it and the characters, flaws, strengths and weaknesses, are amazing. I’ve loved ALL 3 seasons and can’t wait to see how they tie up the story. Thank you Veena Sud and Netflix!

  9. Beth Powell says:

    It had 3 seasons not 2. The first murder was solved at the end of the 2nd season. Do your research.

  10. Bev Thorman says:

    Great! I’ve been binge watching season two and can’t wait to start on three. The two lead actors are so compelling I want to keep watching them put the puzzles together.

  11. Shaun says:

    Funny this shit keeps getting renewed but SouthLAnd gets cancelled? C’mon SouthLAnd was twice the show the killing will ever be.

  12. Art says:

    Thank You Cindy Holland and Netflix!! TV just doesn’t get any better this series!! Great stories, fabulous production quality, and characters that really do deserve a great send off!!

  13. Liz says:

    I love you, Netflix.

  14. Jennifer says:

    Seriously, best news ever! The show, the characters, and the fans all deserved a proper send off! I’d be excited of it were just one episode so this is awesome!!!

  15. Diane Ferrell says:


  16. Brian Howell says:

    Funny. When you view this article via the IMDB app it shows the photo of Reuben Kincaid from the Partridge Family.

    The other Dave Madden…

    For the Killing. Really enjoyed season 1 and then they drug us through another season for the answer.

    Have not watched Season 3 yet

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