Why couldn't this have happened to Rubicon?
About a month ago, AMC decided to pull the plug on its mystery drama The Killing. The series had disappointed viewers and critics alike with its refusal to reveal who killed Rosie Larsen until the second season finale -- a wait most viewers deemed to be too long. The show's ratings went down with its second season, and even the final revelation of how Rosie died wasn't enough to save the series from the great television executioner.
But, as with other AMC series The Walking Dead, sometimes the dead rise from the grave.
According to TVLine, DirecTV and Netflix might just be interested in reviving the show. Both companies are famous for sustaining shows that were axed on other networks. DirecTV saved Friday Night Lights and Damages, while Netflix performed perhaps the most lauded television resurrection of all time by bringing back adored sitcom Arrested Development for a fourth season, which will premiere next year.
DirecTV and Netflix are reportedly talking to Fox TV Studios about picking up The Killing for a third season, though both companies were characteristically coy about any negotiations.
Both companies are regarded as the saviors of cancelled television shows, with fans mounting campaigns after the cancellation of pretty much every low-rated show with a fanbase (The River and Terra Nova being two recent shows that were rejected for revival).
While I don't know how many viewers would be willing to tune into more episodes of The Killing (after the bad rap it got), but it'd certainly be nice for stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman to continue fleshing out their fantastic performances as Linden and Holder, respectively.
One can't help but think, though, that this could have happened to a better AMC show. Rubicon, slow-burner that it was, became one of the most intriguing freshman shows in recent memory -- and the first original scripted programming to be axed by AMC. I'm still holding a candle for the show to receive a DVD release, and I certainly wish that DirecTV and Netflix had been benevolent enough toward that show as it's reportedly being toward The Killing.
But I digress. What do you think? Should DirecTV or Netflix pick up The Killing for a third season, or have you had just about all of the rain-soaked murder mystery you can take?