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Back from the dead, 'The Killing' is revived

Actors Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in a

Actors Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in a scene from the second season of the television series "The Killing." Credit: Handout

Once dead — or to be precise, killed off — AMC's "The Killing" is about to stage a comeback, on AMC. Just announced, fans no doubt will be exultant; critics no doubt will grouse. But this is still pretty good news for a host of reasons, notably when "The Killing" was good, it was quite good, and pretty much launched the U.S. movie career of Joel Kinnaman. It did take a kooky turn at the end of the first season — bugging a few professional TV watchers who were convinced AMC had promised resolution, instead giving them a nutty cliffhanger. This time AMC pointedly noted that the revival "will be resolved over the course of 12 episodes." 

The details, via AMC:

"A year after closing the Rosie Larsen case, Sarah Linden — Mireille Enos — is no longer a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen Holder's search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden, she is drawn back into the life she thought she'd left behind."

OK, that sounds nice. Now, here are the official quotes, etc. from the various partners including Fox TV Studios:

AMC and Fox Television Studios (FTVS) announced today a new deal which will return “The Killing” to AMC for a third season. As part of the deal, Veena Sud returns as executive producer, writer and showrunner along with actors Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder). Season three will focus on a new case, which will be resolved over the course of 12 episodes. Production on season three begins February 25th in Vancouver. “‘The Killing’ from day one has been a truly original take on the crime drama. Veena Sud and the rest of the talented creative team are hard at work shaping the lives of Linden and Holder, portrayed by the terrific Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman," said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president. "We're so pleased to welcome back 'The Killing' for another season." Fox TV Studios president, David Madden, said, “We have always believed in 'The Killing' and remain extremely proud of it, which is why we all worked so hard to find a scenario that could give it new life.” “I couldn’t be happier to know that I will be returning to work with AMC, FTVS and Mireille and Joel on what is and has always been a passion project for me. To the fans that have supported the series, thank you for doing so. My team and I will work hard to deliver the best story that we can for season three,” said Veena Sud.

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