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July 30, 2012 3:25 PM
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AMC Cancels 'The Killing' While FX Orders a Pilot for a Scandinavian Remake of Its Own

Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia in 'The Bridge'
It's not with immense regret that we read AMC's announcement that the network was not going to bring back "The Killing" for a third season. After a promising start, the always atmospheric but relentlessly gloomy and contrivance-filled adaptation of the hit Danish television series muddled through its central mystery for two seasons before finally revealing who killed Seattle teenager Rosie Larsen on June 17th. While AMC kept open the possibility of bringing back Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) to solve another crime, they've now announced the drama won't be returning for another round.

The network's official statement:

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.

Meanwhile, FX announced this weekend that it was ordering a pilot for a Scandinavian crime remake of its own. "The Bridge" is based on the 2011 Danish/Swedish series "Bron," about a murder investigation following the discovery of a dead body on the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden. "Cold Case" creator Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid, a co-executive producer on "Hawaii Five-O" and "Undercovers," will oversee the adaptation, which will be set in El Paso/Juarez on the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

"The Bridge" will follow Sonya North, an American cop, and Marco Ruiz, the Mexican detective with whom she's paired in the investigation, and, given the setting, will presumably involve drug cartels in some way. The pilot's slated to being production in the fall.

The original series, which stars Sofia Helin and "Pusher" star Kim Bodnia, will be back for a second season in 2013.

Earlier this month, A&E announced plans for a Scandinavian remake -- it's making a pilot based on the Danish crime series "Those Who Kill."

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5 Comments

  • OGP | January 3, 2013 3:54 AMReply

    Henin & Bodnia were exceptionally adequate for their roles. I'm in deep doubt the US remake worthy my time.
    Waiting for the second season of "The Bridge" but not for the US adaptation.

  • gailef | September 20, 2013 1:16 PM

    Get over it.

  • Rolf laggard | August 1, 2012 9:32 AMReply

    America need to stop making scandinavin imports cause they will never be as great as,the originals.They just dumb them down to a usa style and culture that can't match Sweden or Denmark.As where America already has top crime shows and writers It does not need to destroy the original version.Too me it is a insult too the directors work and original cast.As where in The uk we respect the show with subtitles and it's cast that,s why The killing remake failed.And The Bridge remake is silly cause it,s on a Border not a Bridge so it will flop,the originals too good and clever made people need to see thee original to understand with subtitles to respect it.

  • Gailef | September 20, 2013 1:22 PM

    Again, get over it. It's a crime drama, not Shakespeare.

  • Frank Russo | July 30, 2012 3:48 PMReply

    I love The Killing but I was not about to watch a 3rd season if the series did not conclude at the end of the cycle. To wait 2 years with a huge break in between episodes did not do the viewer's justice. Did they do that with the Who Shot JR mystery on Dallas? They sure didn't. Don't insult the viewers or the viewers will vacate and that was too bad because the cast was terrific.