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Campbell departs ‘The Killing’

Actor off AMC show that is readying for third season

Though “The Killing” is returning to AMC next year, Billy Campbell will not be rejoining the moody drama.

During the first two seasons, Campbell played a Seattle city councilman who was elected mayor after being paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. His character, Darren Richmond, was thought to be involved in the murder of a high school student.

Although “The Killing” was originally canceled by the cabler in late May, the Fox Television Studios-produced show received a new life and now is readying for its third season. Showrunner Veena Sud and exec producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin are currently in the writers room working out the storyline for the new episodes.

Stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, as a pair of Seattle cops, are very likely to return. Brent Sexton and Michelle Forbes, the grieving parents of the murdered girl, will not return.

There has been talk that Netflix will play a part in helping pay a portion of production costs and will stream the series following the initial run on AMC. Those talks are still underway.

Next up for Campbell is starring as the 16th president in “Killing Lincoln.” The TV pic, to be aired by Nat Geo Channel in February, is based on Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling book.

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