AMC: ‘The Killing’ Season Three Premiere Date Announced

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Via Press Release:

‘THE KILLING’ RETURNS TO AMC WITH A TWO-HOUR PREMIERE ON

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 AT 8 PM 

Peter Sarsgaard, Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz Join Returning Cast Members Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman For Third Season 

PrintNew York – March 29, 2013 – AMC announced today that the critically acclaimed drama “The Killing” will return for its third season with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m ET/PT. The new season, which stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder) along with new cast members Peter Sarsgaard, Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz, is executive produced by series creator Veena Sud, and will focus on a new case, which will be resolved over the course of ten episodes, ending with a gripping two hour finale.

Season three begins one year after the close of the “Rosie Larsen” case (the focus of the series’ first two seasons) with Sarah Linden (Enos) no longer working as a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen Holder’s (Kinnaman) 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.

“We learned so much from the first two seasons of “The Killing” and are thrilled to be bringing it back with the elements that the fans loved,” said Charlie Collier, president & general manager, AMC.  “Veena’s captivating storytelling along with the performances of Joel and Mireille, and the rest of the exemplary cast, will remind audiences of what they loved about the series and provide a season of suspenseful television.”

Added David Madden, president of Fox Television Studios, “From the beginning, Veena Sud has invested ‘The Killing’ with some of the richest characters on television, testing and sometimes trampling the traditions of the television procedural – and we’re indebted to AMC for the opportunity to present a third season.  We’re particularly excited by the new moves of our returning leads, ‘Sarah’ and ‘Holder,’ brought to life so beautifully by Mireille and Joel, as well as the addition to our stellar cast of Peter Sarsgaard in his television series debut, the brilliant Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz, and a cluster of newcomers whom we hope will dazzle the audience as this new season unfolds.”

Said executive producer and series creator Veena Sud, “I am grateful to AMC, Fox TV Studios and Netflix for their commitment to the show and their efforts in bringing ‘The Killing’ back to air. I’m also thrilled to be working with our incredible writing team as we continue to explore the lives of ‘Sarah’ and ‘Holder,’ who, like so many real-life detectives, grapple with the consequences to their own lives of a no-holds-barred immersion in the world of a homicide investigation.”

‘The Killing’ is produced by Fox Television Studios and executive produced by Veena Sud, Mikkel Bondesen, for Fabrik Entertainment, Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin. Kristen Campo and Ron French serve as co-executive producers.

As previously announced by Fox Television Studios, which produces the series for AMC, and Netflix, ‘The Killing’ season three will be available to Netflix members three months after the season finale airs on AMC.

For more information, visit AMC’s press website: http://press.amctv.com

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About AMC:

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing,” “Hell On Wheels” and “Low Winter Sun.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM

About FTVS:

Fox Television Studios produces scripted and unscripted programming for US broadcast and cable networks, and international broadcasters. In addition to The Killing, the studio produces the hit series Burn Notice and White Collar, as well as the upcoming series Graceland, for USA; The Glades for A&E; The Americans for FX;, and the upcoming Maron for IFC. FTVS also is producing the pilots Sirens for USA, and Rita for Bravo, as well as TNT’s unscripted series Life Flight, which will air in 2014.

OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: AMC Announces Resurrection Of ‘The Killing’ For Third Season

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Yes, yes… we know we posted the news about the writers and production staff returning to work a few weeks ago but we didn’t have any official notice from AMC until today.  A couple of things to note, though: first, contrary to the reports from multiple sources, it doesn’t appear as if Netflix has anything to do with The Killing’s resurrection at all.  Then again, there may be a content deal that was worked out that made this possible that we aren’t privy to.  Second, in perhaps the only instance of a press release placating to butt-hurt viewers with an attention-span of a Labrador retriever, notice how the press release makes a point to mention right in the first paragraph that the third season will feature a new case that will be resolved by the end of the season… to which all we can say is:

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Via Press Release:

AMC and FOX Television Studios Partner on “THE KILLING” Season Three

 

amc logoNew York, NY – January 15, 2013 – 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.

A year after closing the Rosie Larsen case, Sarah Linden 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.

“The Killing” is produced by Fox Television Studios and executive produced by Mikkel Bondesen for Bondesen Productions. Kristen Campo serves as co-executive producer.

The series premiered on AMC Sunday, April 3, 2011, with season two premiering Sunday, April 1, 2012. The Killing averaged 1.9 million viewers over the 2 seasons.

AMC’s Joel Stillerman, executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content, Susie Fitzgerald, senior vice president of scripted development and current programming and Jason Fisher, senior vice president of production oversee production of the series for the network.

For more information, visit AMC’s press website, http://press.amctv.com.

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About AMC
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM

About FTVS
Fox Television Studios produces scripted and unscripted programming for US broadcast and cable networks, and international broadcasters. The studio produces the hit series Burn Noticeand White Collar, as well as the upcoming series Graceland, for USA; The Glades for A&E; the new series The Americans for FX; The Killing for AMC, and the upcoming Maron for IFC.

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REPORT: ‘The Killing’ Writers Are Back To Work For Season Three

the killing detectives

Multiple sources have confirmed that the writers for AMC’s The Killing are back to work and season three should premiere in late May.  We, of course, reported that the highly-acclaimed series which had been canceled after its second season, was probably going to find new life because of a deal worked out between AMC and Netflix.

AMC: ‘Hell On Wheels’ Season Three Renewal On Hold, ‘The Killing’ Close To Resurrection

Last week we reported that the AMC western Hell on Wheels had been renewed for a third  season.  Well, not so fast as we’ve since come to learn that showrunner John Shiban has resigned from the show and thus, the show’s renewal has been put on hold pending the hiring of a new showrunner.

From AMC:

John Shiban has informed AMC, Entertainment One and Endemol that while he was fully on board when the network informed him about their intent to pick-up Hell on Wheels, he has since made the personal decision that he will be unable to return as showrunner.  He has asked the production partners to seek a replacement showrunner.  Like all of our shows, network pick-ups are always conditioned on an approved showrunner.   We are confident that eOne and Endemol will  satisfy that obligation in the near future.

From John Shiban:

I’m very proud of our work on HELL ON WHEELS and was thrilled to hear the show would have a Season Three.  I have since made the difficult decision that the time has come for me to leave. I care deeply about the series and will do whatever I can to aid in the transition to ensure the continued success of the show.  I truly value all the time I have spent with this wonderful group of very talented people.

In other AMC news, we also reported a couple of months ago that The Killing would not be renewed for a third season and at the time we commented that maybe it was OK just to let that series fade into the night because it just wouldn’t be the same show with a different cast of characters.  Well, apparently, we may have given up on it a little too soon as it is being reported that Netflix and AMC are very close to a deal to bring the show back for a third season, with AMC getting first-run dibs.  More details can be found here and we’ll let you know when it’s official.

AMC Cancels The Killing After Two Seasons, 20th Century Fox Shopping It…

AMC announced on July 27th that they would not be renewing their highly acclaimed series, The Killing, after only two seasons.  The sophomore series revolving around the murder of Rosie Larsen, a 17 year-old girl in Seattle, saw a dramatic ratings decline in its second season following a controversial season one finale in which her killer was not revealed. This prompted a backlash from critics and viewers alike who simply could not handle the fact that their dramatic television wasn’t completely spoon-fed to them.

(Our Review of The Killing)

Not only are we not particularly surprised by this development, we aren’t bothered by it because in our opinion, once the killer was revealed, regardless of the ratings drop, that was really as far as the ride could go.  The Killing was specifically about Rosie Larsen, the Larsen family, Detectives Linden and Holder and the Darren Richmond mayoral campaign.  Once you remove any of those elements, it’s no longer the same series.   The second season ended on an absolute high-note and we just assumed that would be the end and we were fine with that.

That’s why we were particularly surprised to learn that 20th Century Fox Television is shopping the series to other networks.  This is one of those rare cases where we hear about one of our favorite shows canceled by a network and then shopped where we just want to tell the studio, “Let it go.  You had a great run.  Don’t spoil it.”  Yes, we appreciate that the studio believes that the series can still be profitable, however, pushing for a show to be picked up when you have to change the most basic elements that made the show so fantastic, doesn’t seem like a noble or worthy effort.  Even if a network does pick it up (which is highly unlikely), it’s almost a guarantee that its ratings will fall off the rails completely.

So, 20th Century… we’re begging you; allow us to remember The Killing as the fantastic piece of television that it was.

March Madness Begins! New Show Premieres And Returning Favorites For Spring (Awake, Touch, Community, More…)

We’re doing something a little different this time because it’s been a couple of months since our last programming update and there have been some changes since then announced so it just doesn’t make sense for us to keep updating a piece we did back in January.

So here’s a complete list (at least as complete as we can get, currently) of all the new and returning shows coming in March and April.

Thursday March 1st

NBC     10:00 p.m.     Awake     YES! – STAFF PICK

Awake simply has so much going for it.  It stars Jason Isaacs who we think is great in everything he does plus it’s a compelling detective drama with a SciFi, metaphysical twist and it’s one of those shows like Lost where audiences will already be invested in it before they even realize it’s a SciFi show.  We have seen the pilot already and are very excited for this show.  We hope NBC is smart enough to promote the crap out of it, because if they don’t, it’s going to disappear as quickly as it premieres.

Below is the extended trailer, if you want to see the entire pilot episode ahead of the premiere click here!

Sunday March 4th

A&E     10:00 p.m.     Breakout Kings     YES!

We loved this better-than-average unique procedural when it aired last spring and if the damned DVR hadn’t crapped out, we would have seen more than the first four episodes. The upside is that it’ll be on Netflix streaming soon and the discs will be available in March 13th.  Great show, has a bit of an arc to it, but if that’s not your thing you won’t have to worry about getting lost if you miss an a episode here and there.

ABC     10:00 p.m.     GCB     NO!

FKA, Good Christian Bitches, FKA Good Christian Belles, all we can say is way-to-go in “let’s-alienate-78%-of-our-audience-before-a-single-episode-has-aired-with-the-title-alone” department, ABC.  Despite this, however, just watch the trailer to figure out on your own what a total sh*tfest this is going to be.  That combined with the fact that it’s an idiotic soap that’s trying to clone Desperate Housewives in order to pick up the mantle after it ends this Spring, provides a compelling enough reason for us to never watch it.  That being said, we’re sure it’s going to be massive a hit for that crowd.

Tuesday March 6th

Breaking In     9:30 p.m.     YES! – STAFF PICK

Against all odds, Breaking In has done what only one other show in the history of television has done: it was renewed after being canceled, not once, but twice.  If history has shown us anything, maybe that’s a good spot to be in considering that the only other show to hold that distinction is Family Guy.  We absolutely loved Breaking In (our favorite new comedy of last season) when it came out last Spring and after it was cancelled in May and rumors immediately started flying that FOX was looking for a way to work something out with Sony to bring it back, we predicted that the rumors were probably true and that it probably would happen despite what many of the other outlets claimed.  Of course, we were right and it looks as if FOX is reading our blog because they permanently moved Breaking In to the bottom of the hour slot post-Raising Hope instead of the top of the hour post-Idol.  With Will and Grace‘s Megan Mullally joining the regular cast, let’s hope it can keep the ratings up and get picked up for a third season.

Thursday March 15th

ABC     8:00 p.m.     Missing     YES!

Mixed emotions on this.  Spies, non-stop action, Ashley Judd… what’s not to love, right? We thought so, too, but then we noticed the timeslot and we’re slightly concerned over the description of the plot and it’s very clichéd nature.  The timeslot is an issue because at 8:00 p.m., you can expect a very watered-down show.  Still looks great, though.

NBC     8:00 p.m.     Community     YES!

Community finally comes back for another semester to the delight of fans everywhere. We knew it would, but nobody seemed to believe us.  The question is whether or not it will survive and get picked up again for next year.  We certainly hope so.

 

Monday March 19th

FOX     9:00 p.m.     Touch     YES! – STAFF PICK

The Tastic says: Kiefer Sutherland returns to television with Danny Glover in this fantastic looking, high-concept, SciFi drama from Tim Kring, the creator of Heroes.  If you saw the pilot on January 25th, we don’t need to tell you how good this show is.  We are predicting that this will be the best new show of the 2011 – 2012 season… yes, even better than Showtime’s Homeland.

Sunday March 25th

AMC     9:00 p.m.     Mad Men     YES!

After an obnoxiously long hiatus reminiscent of The Sopranos, the 1960’s throwback period-piece that put AMC on the map as a player in the dramatic television game is back for its fifth season.  If you haven’t done it already, you can still catch up with the first four seasons on Netflix streaming.

Sunday April 1st

AMC     10:00 p.m.     The Killing     YES! – STAFF PICK

AMC doubles-down on their hit The Killing, a show that either you got or you didn’t.  We did and appropriately gave it a rare perfect score for its first season, especially, and not in spite of the twist-ending in the season finale.  For all of the haters out there that are still pissed because they didn’t wrap up the season in the nice and tidy, vanilla, generic and clichéd way that you expected them to because you’ve been so numbed by bad American police procedurals, don’t worry, the producers have assured us that Rosie Larsen’s murderer will be revealed this season …you big babies.

DEADLINE: The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman Offered Role Of Robocop In Upcoming Reboot

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Deadline is reporting that Joel Kinnaman, co-star of the AMC hit series The Killing, has been offered the title role in the upcoming reboot of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven ScFi classic, Robocop.

We have mixed feelings on this.  Peter Weller’s Robocop is iconic and as much as we like Kinnaman on The Killing we’re not that sure of him as a choice for the role.  Of course, the bigger question remains is whether or not Robocop should even be remade to begin with.

Don’t forget, The Killing returns on Sunday, April 1, to begin its second season.

AMC: Season Premiere Dates For ‘Mad Men’ & ‘The Killing’ Announced, ‘The Walking Dead’ Gets Three More Episodes For Season Three

In news that makes us say, “‘Bout flippin’ time…,” AMC announced that the premiere dates for the latest seasons of their hit shows Mad Men and The Killing.  Season five for Mad Men will begin on March 25th and season two of The Killing on April 1st.

AMC also announced that they have ordered 16 episodes of The Walking Dead, which is three more than the current season’s order of 13.  The second half of season two of The Walking Dead premieres on February 12th.

There’s also some information below about a new unscripted series featuring Kevin Smith called Comic Book Men that we’ve seen the trailer for but, to be honest, even as geeky as we are, what we saw didn’t excite us that much.  Comic Book Men will be premiering immediately after the season 2.5 premier of The Walking Dead.

Check out the two press releases below.

Via Press Release:

AMC ANNOUNCES Q1 & Q2 2012 PREMIERE DATES FOR NEW AND RETURNING ORIGINAL SERIES  

  “Mad Men” Season 5 Debuts with Two-Hour Premiere on Sunday, March 25

  “The Killing” Returns with Two-Hour Premiere on Sunday, April 1

Unscripted Series “Comic Book Men,” New Episodes of “The Walking Dead,” Along with Return of Live After Show “Talking Dead,”

Debut February 12

Pasadena, CA – January 14, 2012 – AMC announced today, from the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, premiere dates for new and returning original series in Q1 and Q2 2012, including the critically acclaimed dramas “Mad Men,” “The Killing” and “The Walking Dead,” as well as its unscripted series “Talking Dead” and “Comic Book Men.”

 Following are additional details on AMC’s early 2012 premieres:

 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

The critically acclaimed second season of “The Walking Dead” returns at 9pm ET/PT with the new episode, “Nebraska.” February 12 also marks the return of AMC’s live after show, “Talking Dead,” at midnight ET.

Also, for the first time, “The Walking Dead” fans can participate in a live, interactive experience online while watching new season two episodes on AMC.  “The Walking Dead” StorySync on amctv.com invites viewers to vote in polls, answer trivia questions and relive tense moments via video clips – all timed to coincide with the premiere broadcast of the series’ latest episode. Think Shane should have stayed away from the barn? Vote in StorySync’s “Judgment” poll and see if fellow fans agree. See a particularly gruesome walker kill? Rank it on the “Gore Gauge.” And, as always, a live “Watch & Chat” for each episode lets visitors join the ongoing commentary fueled by fellow rabid fans. (StorySync is optimized for both Internet browsers and tablet devices.)

“The Walking Dead” season two continues to deliver the strongest telecasts for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49.  The series’ international premieres delivered equally impressive results in all major international TV markets, and broke pay-TV ratings’ records across the world. The series is led by a cast that includes Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs and Norman Reedus.

Immediately following “The Walking Dead” is the premiere of AMC’s newest unscripted series, “Comic Book Men,”at 10pm ET/PT.  Executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (“LA Ink,” “Storm Chasers”) and Elyse Seiden (Red State), the series (formerly titled “Secret Stash”) is set in Smith’s iconic comic shop Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, and captures the world of the neighborhood comic book store and fanboy culture. The season consists of 6 one-hour episodes.

 SUNDAY, MARCH 25

As one of the most highly anticipated season premieres of the year, the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama “Mad Men” is back with a two-hour season 5 premiere on Sunday, March 25 at 9pm ET/PT. Written by Matthew Weiner and directed by Jennifer Getzinger, the season premiere episode will also be available onamctv.com the Monday after air.

Following the premiere, on Sunday, April 1, “Mad Men” will return to its regular timeslot at 10pm ET/PT with an episode written by Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner and directed by Jon Hamm.

Fans looking to catch up on “Mad Men” can watch the fourth season On Demand, beginning Monday, January 23, or set their DVR every Sunday morning at 6:00am ET/PT when AMC continues to air episodes from seasons one through four (in order) leading up to the season five premiere.

Created by Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, “Mad Men” made history last September as the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy® for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years. “Mad Men” stars Golden Globe® winner Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris and Kiernan Shipka.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1

AMC’s hit series “The Killing” returns for its second season with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, April 1 at 8pm ET/PT.  Following the premiere, on Sunday, April 8, “The Killing” is back to its regular timeslot at 9pm ET/PT.

For those looking to catch up on the series, all 13 episodes from the Emmy® nominated first season will be available On Demand beginning Monday, March 5.

Based on the Danish television series “Forbrydelson,” “The Killing” follows the police investigation of a young girl’s murder in Seattle and the hunt for her killer. Written and executive produced by Veena Sud, “The Killing” stars Mireille Enos, who garnered Emmy® and Golden Globe® Best Actress nominations for her portrayal of detective Sarah Linden, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Michelle Forbes and Brent Sexton.

AMC ANNOUNCES Q1 & Q2 2012 PREMIERE DATES FOR NEW AND RETURNING ORIGINAL SERIES  

 

 “Mad Men” Season 5 Debuts with Two-Hour Premiere on Sunday, March 25

 

 “The Killing” Returns with Two-Hour Premiere on Sunday, April 1

 

Unscripted Series “Comic Book Men,” New Episodes of “The Walking Dead,” Along with Return of Live After Show “Talking Dead,”

Debut February 12

 

Pasadena, CA – January 14, 2012 – AMC announced today, from the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, premiere dates for new and returning original series in Q1 and Q2 2012, including the critically acclaimed dramas “Mad Men,” “The Killing” and “The Walking Dead,” as well as its unscripted series “Talking Dead” and “Comic Book Men.”

Following are additional details on AMC’s early 2012 premieres:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

The critically acclaimed second season of “The Walking Dead” returns at 9pm ET/PT with the new episode, “Nebraska.” February 12 also marks the return of AMC’s live after show, “Talking Dead,” at midnight ET.

Also, for the first time, “The Walking Dead” fans can participate in a live, interactive experience online while watching new season two episodes on AMC.  “The Walking Dead” StorySync on amctv.com invites viewers to vote in polls, answer trivia questions and relive tense moments via video clips – all timed to coincide with the premiere broadcast of the series’ latest episode. Think Shane should have stayed away from the barn? Vote in StorySync’s “Judgment” poll and see if fellow fans agree. See a particularly gruesome walker kill? Rank it on the “Gore Gauge.” And, as always, a live “Watch & Chat” for each episode lets visitors join the ongoing commentary fueled by fellow rabid fans. (StorySync is optimized for both Internet browsers and tablet devices.)

“The Walking Dead” season two continues to deliver the strongest telecasts for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49.  The series’ international premieres delivered equally impressive results in all major international TV markets, and broke pay-TV ratings’ records across the world. The series is led by a cast that includes Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs and Norman Reedus.

Immediately following “The Walking Dead” is the premiere of AMC’s newest unscripted series, “Comic Book Men,”at 10pm ET/PT.  Executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (“LA Ink,” “Storm Chasers”) and Elyse Seiden (Red State), the series (formerly titled “Secret Stash”) is set in Smith’s iconic comic shop Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, and captures the world of the neighborhood comic book store and fanboy culture. The season consists of 6 one-hour episodes.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25

As one of the most highly anticipated season premieres of the year, the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama “Mad Men” is back with a two-hour season 5 premiere on Sunday, March 25 at 9pm ET/PT. Written by Matthew Weiner and directed by Jennifer Getzinger, the season premiere episode will also be available onamctv.com the Monday after air.

Following the premiere, on Sunday, April 1, “Mad Men” will return to its regular timeslot at 10pm ET/PT with an episode written by Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner and directed by Jon Hamm.

Fans looking to catch up on “Mad Men” can watch the fourth season On Demand, beginning Monday, January 23, or set their DVR every Sunday morning at 6:00am ET/PT when AMC continues to air episodes from seasons one through four (in order) leading up to the season five premiere.

Created by Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, “Mad Men” made history last September as the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy® for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years. “Mad Men” stars Golden Globe® winner Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris and Kiernan Shipka.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1

AMC’s hit series “The Killing” returns for its second season with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, April 1 at 8pm ET/PT.  Following the premiere, on Sunday, April 8, “The Killing” is back to its regular timeslot at 9pm ET/PT.

For those looking to catch up on the series, all 13 episodes from the Emmy® nominated first season will be available On Demand beginning Monday, March 5.

Based on the Danish television series “Forbrydelson,” “The Killing” follows the police investigation of a young girl’s murder in Seattle and the hunt for her killer. Written and executive produced by Veena Sud, “The Killing” stars Mireille Enos, who garnered Emmy® and Golden Globe® Best Actress nominations for her portrayal of detective Sarah Linden, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Michelle Forbes and Brent Sexton.

Via Press Release:

AMC ANNOUNCES 16 EPISODE ORDER FOR

“THE Walking Dead” SEASON 3

 Second Season of the Global Hit Series Continues to Deliver More Adults 18-49

Than Any Other Basic Cable Drama in Television History

Pasadena, CA – January 14, 2012 – AMC announced today from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour in Pasadena, CA that the third season of “The Walking Dead” will consist of 16 episodes.  Previous season orders were for 13 episodes.  AMC’s international broadcast partner FOX International Channels (FIC) will follow the 16 episode order and structure a similar schedule worldwide. Season two of the critically acclaimed global hit series continues to deliver the strongest telecasts for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49, as well as, top international pay-TV ratings on Fox International Channels’ (FIC) major markets. “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics.  Glen Mazzara serves as series’ showrunner and executive producer. Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Frank Darabont are executive producers with Greg Nicotero as co-executive producer.

“The Walking Dead” has received rave reviews from countless critics, both domestic and international, who heralded the series as “above all else, ‘The Walking Dead’ hasn’t lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it’s thrilling” (The Hollywood Reporter), “…with Dead’s riveting cast of characters, the personal dynamics are almost as potent as the gory thrills” (Us Weekly), “‘The Walking Dead’ is a feast.  Dig in.” (The Guardian, UK),   “It doesn’t even take three minutes to realize that this series is setting standards” (Der Tagesspiegel, Germany).

“The Walking Dead” secured a 2010 Golden Globe®nomination for Best Television Series – Drama and won the 2011 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.

About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years.  Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories.  AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell On Wheels.”  AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About.  Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv.  AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.  AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

About FOX International Channels

FOX International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation’s international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 35 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 400 million subscribing households (1 billion cumulative) worldwide. We also operate a global online advertising unit, .FOX (pronounced “dot-fox”) specialized in online video and display, and four TV production houses. In operation since: August 14, 1993.

The Killing – AMC (Sunday, 10:00 p.m.)

From writer, executive producer and series showrunner Veena Sud (Cold Case), The Killing is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation. 

The Killing ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim’s grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they’ve moved on, their past isn’t done with them.

The Killing stars Mireille Enos (Big Love) as Sarah Linden, the lead homicide detective that investigates the death of Rosie Larsen; Billy Campbell (Once and Again) as Darren Richmond, Seattle’s City Council President and now running for Mayor; Joel Kinnaman (Snabba Cash) as Stephen Holder, an ex-narc cop who joins the homicide division in the investigation to find Rosie’s killer; Michelle Forbes (True Blood) as Rosie’s mother, Mitch Larsen; and Brent Sexton (W., In the Valley of Elah) as Rosie’s father, Stan Larsen. The pilot was directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster). – AMC

10 out of 10

We were very torn about exactly when to do a review on this show and more importantly what rating to give it because we couldn’t tell if this was one of the most clever and original premises for a police procedural or if its cleverness was overshadowed by how slow and plodding it is.  Truthfully, we thought we had the answer by about the fifth episode but we really didn’t appreciate just how brilliant the show really was until the season finale and that’s why we chose to wait until the end of the first season to do the review.  The show kept switching gears on us and we didn’t know which way to turn.

Without a doubt, The Killing is one of the best shows on television… period. There are several factors that make this show amazing.

  1. Style and Format: In the tradition of such quality police procedurals as the BBC’s Prime Suspect, The Killing presents what is in and of itself a fantastic murder mystery. What’s different however is that it takes a bit of a cue from 24 but instead of each episode being in real-time and representing one hour of the day, each episode of The Killing represents one day of the 13-day investigation.
  2. Locale:  You probably know by now how much we appreciate when a television show uses its city has an integral character of the show. Well, The Killing does this probably more effectively than any other show on television. With a backdrop of Seattle in mid-Fall, there are literally two scenes throughout the first season where there is actual visible sunlight.  Like many shows on basic cable, it is not actually shot in the U.S., but in Canada.  In this case, the dark, dreary, sad and depressing look that the producers are trying to achieve actually works better where they film in Vancouver, British Columbia as the rain during fall and winter is much heavier there than the light rain and drizzle of Seattle.  We truly have never seen a show where the location and climate add so significantly to the events on the screen and the emotional response of the audience.
  3. Perspectives:  One of the things that make most police procedurals just generic, tasteless fare is the fact that there is zero emotional attachment to the victims in these plotlines.  At best, you get a show something like Law & Order where maybe you’ll see the victim alive momentarily in the beginning of the episode, then they’re dead and then you see the grieving relatives briefly and they are usually just trying to keep a stiff upper-lip.  Then, maybe near the end during the trial phase, you’ll see them there silently looking on.  We think this is pretty pathetic and unfortunately what audiences have become used to in regards to detective dramas.  Well, The Killing defies these conventions by having three main perspectives to the story as it unfolds and several much smaller perspectives developed only in as much to progress the plot.  The three main perspectives are those of the police, Councilman Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell – Melrose Place, Eureka) and his mayoral campaign staff (Rosie Larsen’s body was found in the trunk of one of the campaign’s cars) and, perhaps most importantly, the Larsen family themselves, particularly her parents, Stan (Brent Sexton – Justified, Life) and Mitch (Michelle Forbes – True Blood, Battlestar Galactica).  We cannot emphasize how important the victim’s family’s perspective is to the emotional gravity of the story.  It is probably the most important part of this story as one third of every episode is dedicated to the Larsens and their anguish and coping following the loss of their daughter.  As a parent, it is impossible to not be affected by this and it forces you as a viewer to become emotionally invested in not only the Larsens, but the police investigation itself.  It makes the crime personal and you want the white hats to prevail for this family because that could be your daughter.
  4. Clues:  What makes The Killing so damned perfect is the interactive nature of the show.  We intensely paid attention to the little nuances, character behaviors and evidence that has been scattered throughout each episode that if you’re just casually viewing, you’d miss.  There are no mistakes in this show.  Out of character behavior or offhanded remarks are there for a reason.  For the first time, we are actually going to go back and re-watch the entire first season and actually take notes.

Now, as an aside, you may have heard a lot of people complain and your’re going to see a lot of negative reviews about the season one finale, even from critics and fans who enjoyed the show up to that point.  Without giving any spoilers away, the fact is, this show was not meant for those people.  It was meant for the intelligent television viewer and although that may sound condescending, it’s not intended to be.  It’s meant for the viewer who appreciates a good serialized story-arc and mystery.  It is not meant for the typical television viewer with a short-attention span who needs things neatly wrapped up at the end of 60 minutes every week.  The viewers and critics who are complaining about the finale are acting out on their own personal embarrassment over being outsmarted by what they perceived to be a straightforward, linear procedural despite the fact that it hasn’t been since the pilot.

This is only the third “perfect 10” rating we’ve given for a new series since we started this blog back in May of 2010.  We don’t hand them out lightly (and indeed we have another one in the pipe, shortly as well) and despite all of the crap and disappointing new shows that aired in the past year, we are more than happy to put The Killing in the same class as HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and F/X’s ill-fated Lights Out.  This show is a keeper and we can’t wait for season two.

Check out AMC’s offical site for the killing, here, for more about the show.