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AMC Cancels 'The Killing' While FX Orders a Pilot for a Scandinavian Remake of Its Own

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire July 30, 2012 at 3:25PM

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.
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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."

This article is related to: Television, TV News, AMC, The Killing, FX, The Bridge