AMC TV announced today that they will not be renewing the television series, The Killing.
And I’m not surprised.
The first season of The Killing aired in April of 2011 and when the season finale came about, viewers found themselves looking at a cliffhanger instead of the reveal of a murderer.
This became a huge fopar on AMC’s part, as they tried to ride the wave of popularity of the series, drawing out Rosie’s murder for two seasons. (The original overseas series had a murder per season and was very successful in that format.)
The the show came back for a second season on April of 2012, it felt like a huge season of time-killer details. Very little took place overall, with the entire season focused a few events that ended up wrapping everything up.
AMC’s flub had not only upset fans from season 1, but fans never really flocked back to the show for the second season, where the showrunners were promising the murder would be solved.
This two-season trick is another in a line of goofs or fascinatingly cheap stunts from AMC, in my eyes.
The stunts are many but still, they’re interesting.
They include scenes for the second episode of Breaking Bad, but you had to wait until the first commercial break in the new show that was following Breaking Bad.
And that same night, we were promised a 4-minute sneak peek of the new season of The Walking Dead, sometime during the season premiere of this new show. This sneak peek happened after the show ended and it was a vid that had been online for quite sometime.
Do we even consider that AMC dumped Frank Darabont from the production of The Walking Dead because he didn’t want to cut costs? (Per some popular rumors)
It’s true that AMC has some incredible programming. They definitely know how to hit it out of the park. And they’ve come a long way from when they used to be a basic cable channel with no commercials while they aired old movies… hence the American Movie Classics name.
And despite the very long commercial breaks (6-min each) and silly stunts to trick viewers into having to endure a new reality TV show, I will continue to tune in while they grind out great programming.