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‘The Killing’ Lives: Netflix Orders Six Final Episodes

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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