AMC has canceled “The Killing.”
Fox Television Studios series went through a PR nightmare after its first season and ratings took a dip in season two.
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.
FTS has not declared the series dead, however, adding in a statement: “We will proceed to try to find another home for the show.”
“The Killing” premiered in April 2011 and opened to 2.7 million viewers but continued on a downward trend after that. The first season ended at 2.3 million, the second season began at 1.8 million and closed at 1.4 million (for the initial telecast that night).
Many fans and critics were vehemently displeased when a killer was not revealed at the end of season one. That seemed to go against the marketing campaign of the show, as well as how many perceived the season would close.
AMC and Sud were caught off-guard by the reaction and took awhile to respond. Their often-cited response of following seasons-long format of the Danish show didn’t seem to resonate with those who were upset.
In a statement, AMC said: “After much deliberation, we’ve come to the difficult decision not to renew ‘The Killing’ for a third season. 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.”
AMC is readying to debut the second season of western “Hell on Wheels” on Aug. 12 and is currently airing the fifth season of “Breaking Bad.”