Still, picking up a cancelled show is not an easy sell. DirecTV rescued NBC’s Friday Night Lights and FX’s Damages but it is moving on to launching its own series — just today the satcaster announced that start of principal photography of its first original scripted series, drama Rogue. Netflix resurrected a cancelled series, Fox’s Arrested Development, but that is a cult series that had stood the test of time, still enjoying a fan following a decade after its run. Earlier this year, the streaming giant had a chance to pick up Fox’s canceled drama Terra Nova and engaged in conversations with its producers but ultimately passed. Ditto on Amazon and ABC’s Pan Am. The company most active in picking up cancelled series recently has actually been Turner, with Southland on TNT and Cougar Town on TBS, but a series migration from one basic cable network to another is considered highly unlikely.
When AMC cancelled The Killing a month ago, producer Fox TV Studios vowed to “try to find another home for the show.” The studio kept its word, starting to meet with potential outlets last weak. Our sister site TVLine reports that Netflix and DirecTV have expressed interest. I hear that meetings are still ongoing, with other prospective buyers, including Amazon, yet to sit down with FtvS. There is nothing definitive yet but people close to the show feel hopeful. Besides an established brand, The Killing brings to the table two stars, Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, who have broken out in a big way since they were cast in the pilot of the show.