It’s the show that refuses to die. Two months after it was canceled for a second time, the moody crime drama “The Killing” will be revived for a fourth season, to be aired exclusively on Netflix. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix will air six episodes in what is being described as the “final season” of the show.
Series stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return, as will creator and executive producer Veena Sud. As THR notes, conversations with Netflix began about a month ago after the show was canceled in September. As a result, "The Killing" will air on the DVD rental and streaming service. There is no word on when the fourth and “final” season of “The Killing” will air.
"The rich, serialized storytelling in 'The Killing' thrives on Netflix, and we believe that it is only fitting to give Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder a proper send-off," Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, said in a statement. "We are looking forward to offering fans - both existing and new - a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand viewing."
“The Killing” debuted in April 2011 on AMC to solid ratings and good reviews. But the series suffered a critical backlash after it failed to resolve the central storyline -- who killed Rosie Larsen -- at the end of the first season. The show never really recovered, and it was canceled after the second season.
Almost a year later, Fox TV Studios announced that “The Killing” would return for a third season, due to a deal between AMC and Netflix, which would enable the service to stream the third season 90 days after the finale aired on TV, according to THR.
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The third season of “The Killing” debuted in June of this year, but the ratings slowly declined as the season wore on. In September, AMC announced it was canceling the series. Now, it appears the show has a new home on Netflix.
“It’s a true testament to 'The Killing' creator Veena Sud, and the stellar cast led so compellingly by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, that fans remained so passionate about the show,” Fox TV Studios President David Madden said in a statement. “We’re gratified that our partners at Netflix recognized this, and are giving us the opportunity to complete the story in a way that will be satisfying to our loyal audience."