"The Killing" lives.
In a rare move, the moody crime mystery will get a third season on AMC -- about six months after the network announced the show was canceled.
A new, belt-tightening deal between AMC and Fox TV Studios has enabled the show to go on. As part of the deal, Veena Sud returns as executive producer, writer and showrunner along with lead actors Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder). Billy Campbell and Michelle Forbes are among the actors who will not be back.
Season 3 will focus on a new case, which will be resolved over the course of 12 episodes. Production begins Feb. 25 in Vancouver.
"'The Killing' from Day 1 has been a truly original take on the crime drama. ... We're so pleased to welcome back 'The Killing' for another season," said AMC president Charlie Collier in a statement, with Fox TV Studios president David Madden adding, "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."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which cited multiple sources, AMC was able to shave its license fee considerably, while Fox will look to lower the show's budget where it can.
The drama, based on the Danish series "Forbrydelsen" (The Crime), had centered for two seasons on Sarah Linden (Enos) and Stephen Holder (Kinnaman) as they investigated the murder of teenager Rosie Larsen and all those connected to it. Season 3 will pick up a year after the closing the Rosie Larsen case, and Linden is no longer a detective. But when 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" debuted to critical acclaim, but alienated many fans and critics when it failed to tie up the Larsen case by the end of the first season. Season 2 saw a drop-off in ratings.