The dead have arisen once more!
No, that has nothing to do with the plot of 'The Killing,' but the show was DOA when AMC opted not to renew the series after its second season. However, Fox TV Studios vowed to find another home for the program in order to keep the series alive. Now, Deadline is reporting that AMC has joined forces with Netflix in order to clear the path for Fox TV Studios to do what they do best: create suspenseful television.
The mystery series reached a fever-pitch at the close of the initial season, which had fans buzzing when the finale didn't reveal the identity of the killer. Veena Sud, the Exec Producer of 'The Killing,' has been shopping the third season complete with a brand new pitch, not unlike a pilot for a new series. After negotiating with several networks, the proposed deal with Netflix brought AMC back to the table. Reportedly, AMC will air each new episode first, with the series being added to the Netflix cache shortly there after.
'The Killing' has remained a modest ratings performer at best, but the fact that the cast was already signed for a third season (coupled with Sud's enthusiasm) was enough to revive what seemed like a lost cause. The plan is for production to resume come February 2013 but time will tell whether or not everything will fall into place in time.
As the future of 'Hell on Wheels' has been put into jeopardy with the departure of the program's showrunner John Shiban, putting a show with an existing fan base back on the table has got to be good news for AMC's future.
More on this exciting news as it develops!