AMC’s ‘The Killing’ may live after all
November 9, 2012
Netflix is becoming a rescue mission of sorts for canceled shows.
Months after announcing a deal to revive “Arrested Development,” the Fox sitcom that was sacked six years ago, the online streaming service is on the verge of announcing a deal to revive “The Killing.”
AMC axed the second-year drama earlier this year, following a huge outcry at the end of its season when the central mystery wasn’t wrapped up to fans’ satisfaction.
That sent ratings for the show tumbling in its second year.
But since its cancellation, AMC’s own future has been thrown into uncertainty. The long-running drama “Breaking Bad” will wrap up next year, and Western drama “Hell on Wheels” is in limbo after losing its show runner.
In the deal with Netflix, AMC would air new episodes of “Killing” first, with Netflix getting them afterward. The streaming service would help pay for production costs.
The deal sounds similar to one reached between DirecTV and NBC years ago to save “Friday Night Lights,” which aired first on the satellite broadcaster and then on the broadcaster.
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