AMC‘s The Killing will end its run after two seasons as the network has opted not to renew the mystery drama for a third cycle. Series producer Fox TV Studios plans to shop the series to other networks.
The Killing, an adaptation of a Danish format, launched strong in 2011. Its first-season finale was one of the most talked about episodes of television in the past few years, triggering controversy with the decision not to reveal the killer. The show returned lower in Season 2 and never regained its ratings momentum. Still, the renewal decision was considered a tough one for AMC as the network faces the departure of Breaking Bad and has likely two seasons left in Mad Men, while, controversy aside, The Killing is established and features two actors, Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, who have broken out in a big way since they were cast in the pilot of the show. “After much deliberation, we’ve come to the difficult decision not to renew The Killing for a third season,” AMC said in a statement. “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.”
FtvS issued a similarly-worded statement, saying that “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” and stressed that “we will proceed to try to find another home for the show.”