Stop me if you've heard this one before: AMC has opted to cancel their crime serial 'The Killing.'
Deadline reports that after a post-cancellation resurrection a year ago, fans will have to go through the grieving process all over again. "We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of 'The Killing'," AMC revealed to Deadline. "We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched."
The third season showed signs of promise in the ratings, opening with a respectable 1.8 million viewers. However, the upswing in critical acclaim that began to roll in as the season progressed did not bring viewers with it -- ratings for the third season were comparable to the disappointing levels of the season two, which triggered its initial cancellation last year.
Fans shouldn't expect another post-cancellation miracle this time around. Fox Television Studios had originally kept the series alive and kicking last year, orchestrating a deal with Netflix that saw a third season return. A statement from the studio seems to paint a dire portrait for the series' future: "Fox Television Studios is extremely proud of all three seasons of 'The Killing.' We’re especially gratified to have orchestrated a unique deal with AMC for season three that included a bold partnership with Netflix."
The statement continued, "While we would have loved to produce a fourth season for AMC, FTVS is immensely grateful to everyone involved with this moving series: our brilliant cast, led by Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman and season three’s Peter Sarsgaard, our stellar executive producer, Veena Sud, a remarkable writing and producing team, and a tireless, dedicated crew. Most of all, FTVS thanks the terrific fans of The Killing, who communicated their appreciation for the show throughout its run."