AMC cancels The Killing, but the show's producer vows to find a new network home

When the smoke clears and all other life on Earth is vanquished in a nuclear holocaust, a cockroach will undoubtedly crawl unscathed from a hole in the ground. And just behind the roach, Veena Sud will emerge from the hole with an unwrinkled script for Season 25 of the The Killing in her hands.

AMC announced today that it would not renew The Killing for a third season. “After much deliberation, we’ve come to the difficult decision not to renew The Killing for a third season,” a statement released by the network said. “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.”

Under normal circumstances this would mean that the show is finished, kaput, cancelled. But The Killing is no ordinary television show. The Killing is a zombie with a Nielsen rating. Sure, you can kill it, but that doesn't mean it's dead. Fox Television Studios, which produces the show, is vowing to find a home for The Killing on another network.

“We will proceed to try to find another home for the show,” a Fox Television statement said. And I have little doubt they will succeed. 

The rational behind keeping The Killing alive on a new network, despite the show's declining second season ratings and utter lack of critical acclaim, actually makes sense...at least financially. It's in the studio's best interest to maintain a connection with The Killing's co-star Joel Kinnaman. Fox is betting (and it's a good bet) that Kinnaman is on the precipice of super-stardom with his upcoming role as RoboCop.4

Mireille Enos, The Killing's female lead, is scheduled to appear in Brad Pitt's zombie flick, World War Z. That movie has been plagued with production hiccups, but if it ever makes it way into theaters it should be a big hit as well.

It's smart business for Fox Television Studios to stay in business with Enos and Kinnaman. However, it does prove once and for all that studios (at least this particular studio) cares more about making a buck than about making quality television.

By Lucas High

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Lucas High is a man on a mission. That mission: to watch television for a living. Drop him a line at lhigh2@gmail.com, on Facebook and on Twitter at twitter.com/LucasHigh.

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