AMC's "The Killing" hasn't been killed after all. AMC renewed the controversial drama for a third season, the network and producer Fox Television studios said Tuesday.
Veena Sud will return as showrunner, writer and executive producer for the 12-episode season, as will actors Mirielle Enos and Joel Kinnaman returning as detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder, respectively. Production begins Feb. 25 in Vancouver; AMC has not announced a premiere date.
"'The Killing' from Day One has been a truly original take on the crime drama," AMC president Charlie Collier said in a release. "We're so pleased to welcome back 'The Killing' for another season."
That's quite a turnaround from a month after the second season ended when the network said it would not renew the show. The series, based on a Danish drama called "Forbrydelsen," was a lightning rod for critics and some viewers when, after the first season ended in summer 2011, it didn't wrap up its central mystery involving the death of a character named Rosie Larsen. (Personally, I didn't think it ever promised to do that, but whatever.)
The Larsen case was solved at the end of the second season in June 2012, but by then "The Killing" had lost viewers and critical backing. The Season 2 finale drew 1.9 million viewers compared to the Season 1 finale viewership of 2.3 million.
The third season will resolve a new case by the end of the 12 episodes. The series will pick up a year after the Larsen murder case was closed, with Linden no longer a detective but finding herself drawn into her partner's current investigation. While searching for a runaway girl, Holder discovers a string of gruesome murders that connect to a previous murder investigation by Linden.
"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," Fox TV Studios President David Madden said in the release.
Added exec producer Sud: "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 3."
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