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'The Killing' Gets a Second Season from AMC

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 3:45PM
AMC has renewed 'The Killing,' which is something of a surprise.

The Deadline post that broke the news takes note of the critical acclaim the drama has received, but in recent weeks that initially positive critical reception has largely drained away as the show has squandered its momentum and meandered through a series of hit-or-miss subplots.

However 'The Killing' had one thing going for it that the late, lamented 'Rubicon' did not -- a fairly steady audience that stuck with the show.

There's no word yet on whether the show's current creative team will be back for season 2, whether the second season will follow the same detectives or even be set in the same city. If I receive a press release from AMC that clarifies these points, I'll add it to this post.

Update: I've confirmed that executive producer and showrunner Veena Sud will be back for the show's second season, and as for season 2's setting and cast, those details have yet to be worked out at this point.

I've been reviewing the first season of 'The Killing' here, and Ryan McGee and I talked about the season so far on this podcast. We both agreed that, if the show were to continue, the show would need some major creative retooling in its second season.

In essence, my thinking is, if the show is going to bill itself as a cop show that doesn't catch bad guys every hour but allows us to dwell on the characters' lives, it's got to do a much better job of letting us get to know those characters. The pace has been glacial in terms of getting to know the lead characters deeply, and the murder case has also suffered from a frustrating stop-start pace. I certainly wouldn't mind if Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman stuck around -- the show's lead detective duo, Kinnaman in particular, have provided the main reason to keep tuning in week after week.

It's worth noting that the Danish series 'Forbryldelsen,' which 'The Killing' is based on, carried over the lead female detective from the first season to the next, though showrunner Veena Sud has said she won't necessarily follow the original when it came to creative decisions.

If the show does continue, as I said, I think it needs to be approached a whole new way from a writing perspective. The show can keep the buckets of rain, the detectives and the atmosphere, but many other things need to be tightened up, in my opinion.

What do you think? Do you think it needs retooling for season 2 or is it fine as it is?

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