Maybe that's because the show has, in a sense, done this before: The AMC drama is based on a wildly popular Danish murder-mystery titled 'Forbryldelsen.'
But there's more to it than that: 'The Killing' simply trusts its audience to follow along. It trusts that it doesn't need fake melodrama or overheated intrigue to keep its audience's interest.
Like most AMC dramas, this enthralling murder mystery knows that a taciturn lead character and an unfamiliar world can keep viewers' attention if that world and the people in it are created with exceptional attention to detail.
AMC is getting even more serious about original programming, particularly in the wake of the success of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Mad Men.' First the network greenlit a full season for the television adaptation of 'The Walking Dead,' and now they've cast Billy Campbell in the lead of their new series pilot about an investigation into the murder of a young girl titled 'The Killing.'
'The Killing' actually sounds far more interesting than that brief description, as the police end up investigating three interlocking stories that led to the murder. If 'The Killing' ends up becoming a series, it could be about season-long, very complex series of crime investigations, like a really long episode of 'CSI.'
All of this is speculation as the series is currently only slated for a pilot. The possibility of a series is up in the air and if it comes down to either this show or 'The Walking Dead,' I would go with the latter.
More casting news after the jump.
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Do you think the opening dream sequence was a forecast of abilities to come? Did you see how Tom's keys flew off the counter into his hands, and Diana was able to stop time around her when Tom and Kyle were late? I knew it was a dream sequence, not just because Tom and Kyle were friendly and everybody had new abilities, but also because everyone present at Jordan's rally was wearing black, white, or gray. I love that -- it was subtle, but there if you were looking for it (and I was).
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