AMC opted not to renew "The Killing" back in July. The series, adapted from a Danish crime drama of the same name and developed by Veena Sud, was devoted to the solving of a single murder case that lasted the two existing seasons. The show's long arc and use of red herrings frustrated as many viewers and critics as it intrigued, and the ratings were ultimately not enough to tempt the network back for a third season of Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) solving a new crime -- at least, not alone.
Deadline reports that a third season of "The Killing" would comes from Netflix and AMC partnering up to share costs, with AMC getting the first window on the series. Fox TV Studios, the company that produces "The Killing," has Enos and Kinnaman locked in for a third season, and is close to closing a deal with AMC and Netflix.
Netflix is fresh to the original series game, and is looking for established shows that have an existing following to pair with new ones like David Fincher's "House of Cards." As with DirecTV's deal to share and extend "Friday Night Lights" with NBC after the broadcast network would have canceled the series due to its limited viewership, this kind of partnership allows a new outlet to have a hand in a show that's already proven it can pull an audience, though it isn't a sizable one.