AMC’s ‘The Killing’ canceled after two seasons

The KillingThe case of Rosie Larsen has been solved — and with that, the folks at AMC apparently felt no need to keep “The Killing” going any longer.

In a statement, AMC had the following to say about this decision:

“After much deliberation, we’ve come to the difficult decision not to renew ‘The Killing’ for a third season.  AMC is incredibly proud of the show and is fortunate to have worked with such a talented team on this project, from showrunner Veena Sud and our terrific partners at Fox Television Studios to the talented, dedicated crew and exceptional cast.”

When you look at the ratings for the show over the past two years, in particular the difference in numbers between season 1 — which caused an uproar among fans when the killer was no revealed in the finale — and season 2 earlier this year, this move is hardly a shock. However, AMC has not really made it their business to cancel their critically-acclaimed drama series. “The Killing” is their first original series with an Emmy pedigree to end, and the second scripted show following “Rubicon” last year to be canceled. If you look across the board at such shows as “Mad Man” and “Breaking Bad,” they were each given a chance to build up viewers over a lengthy span of time after starting with low ratings. However, the difference between these shows and “The Killing” is that they never had any sort of critical backlash, and also did not wrap up a story in such a way after season 2 that could have effectively closed the door on the series.

For now, Fox TV is saying that they are going to try and find the series a new home, but this is unlikely given the show’s ratings and the suspicion that many viewers were only still watching to find out the killer.

What’s your reaction to this news? If you want to know what some of the actors were saying about a potential season 3 before this news was handed down, be sure to check out the story here.

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