AMC Cancels ‘The Killing’ After Two Tumultuous Seasons

The Killing, based on the Danish series entitled Forbrydelsen, debuted on AMC in 2011, receiving rave reviews but by the end of its first season and with a lack of resolution in the “Who Killed Rosie Larson” storyline, came into its second season under a cloud of controversy.

The second season found the show coming in with lower ratings but a final resolution to the two-season long mystery; but sadly it wasn’t enough as AMC announced today that they are canceling the show.

According to Deadline, the producing studio, Fox TV Studios stated “it is extremely proud of The Killing, the extraordinary writing staff and crew, and what we believe is one of the best casts on television; we will proceed to try to find another home for the show”.

Whether the studio is able to find a new home or not is anyone’s guess; but it is not commonplace for a cancelled show – network or cable – to be picked up by another network. That’s not to say it hasn’t happened, but it is a long shot.

And, given the fact that lead stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman were break-out stars in the first season and are now in great demand, it is doubtful they would be available for the series in any other format or any other network.

Regardless of the outcry over the show, it is always sad for the viewers who tuned in each week to have their show pulled from the air.