After canceling “The Killing” back in June, AMC is bringing Veena Sud’s longform murder series back to life with a new deal announced today by the cable network and Fox Television Studios that finds the drama returning for a third season. Stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder) will be back, as will Sud, who’ll continue to serve as executive producer, writer and showrunner.
After two seasons focusing on the investigation of the murder of Seattle teenager Rosie Larsen, the prolonging of which some critics and viewers found maddening, season three of “The Killing” will focus on a new case that, the press release actually states, “will be resolved over the course of 12 episodes.” Production begins February 25th in Vancouver.
“We have always believed in ‘The Killing’ and remain extremely proud of it, which is why we all worked so hard to find a scenario that could give it new life,” said Fox TV Studios President David Madden, while Sud said “I couldn’t be happier to know that I will be returning to work with AMC, FTVS and Mireille and Joel on what is and has always been a passion project for me. To the fans that have supported the series, thank you for doing so. My team and I will work hard to deliver the best story that we can for season three.”
The show will pick up a year after the closing of the Larsen case, with Linden no longer a detective. Her ex-partner Holder’s search for a runaway girl leads him to the discovery of a string of murders that connects to one of Linden’s old cases, drawing her back in.
“The Killing” averaged 1.9 million viewers over its two seasons on AMC — numbers that at the time weren’t high enough to convince the network to renew the show for another season. Obviously, something changed the executives’ minds. In August it was reported that both Netflix and DirecTV had approached Fox TV Studios about potentially funding a third season of the show, though no additional partners were mentioned in AMC’s press release.