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'The Killing' Season 1, Episode 11 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 5th 2011 11:00PM
['The Killing' - 'Missing']

I'm almost at a loss as when it comes to summarizing my reaction to Sunday's episode of this confounding drama. Early on, all the pieces were in place for something truly exceptional, but it's been clear for some time that 'The Killing' didn't quite know what to do with all the elements it had assembled.

Sunday's radical departure, which barely focused on the murder of Rosie Larsen, had an array of good scenes, yet it also neatly encapsulated many of thing things that the show has done wrong.

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'The Killing' Season 1, Episode 10 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 29th 2011 11:00PM
Now we're getting somewhere. Literally.

I hope so, anyway. The final shot of Sunday's episode of 'The Killing,' which showed Det. Sarah Linden riding a ferry to what looked like Rosie Larsen's final destination, gave me some hope that the final run of episodes of this once-promising series will contain some actual payoffs, instead of endless red herrings and muddled character development.

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'Downton Abbey' Loses Out as 'Sherlock' Wins Big at the BAFTAs

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 23rd 2011 6:12AM
Martin FreemanIt was a mixed bag for PBS last night at the BAFTA TV Awards in London as 'Sherlock' took home two trophies, but 'Downton Abbey' left empty-handed.

'Sherlock' won the coveted Best Drama Series Award, and Martin Freeman ('The Hobbit') won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Doctor Watson in the modern take on the 'Sherlock Holmes' mysteries.

However, Freeman's co-star Benedict Cumberbatch lost out in the Best Actor category to Daniel Rigby ('Flyboys') for his role as legendary British comedian Eric Morecambe in 'Eric & Ernie.' Rigby also beat out fan favorite, 'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith.

'Downton Abbey' was nominated for three major awards -- Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor and The Audience Award -- but failed to win any of them.

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AMC Not Ordering Any Pilots, Likely to Renew 'The Killing'

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 18th 2011 8:00AM
AMC LogoCable network AMC seems set to continue its successful and conservative approach to ordering pilot episodes: Sources report that it's not proceeding with any of the six dramas it currently has in development. At least, not right now.

AMC recently held its annual pilot script "bake-off," during which writers pitched their creative vision to network execs and outlined where their stories would go over a season-long arc.

According to Variety, two projects, space drama 'Voyage,' and an untitled racing project from exec producer Billy Gerber, are likely to have a second chance after being overhauled, while the other four are most likely dead in the water.

However, it's not all gloom over at AMC: The network is said to be close to renewing murder mystery 'The Killing,' which launched in April to a favorable reception from critics and viewers.

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'The Killing' Season 1, Episode 8 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 15th 2011 11:00PM
['The Killing' - 'Stonewalled']

There was a riveting scene in this week's episode of 'The Killing,' which chugged along with its usual low-intensity hum. The scene, which took place at a 12 Step meeting attended by Detective Holder, was not only well-acted, it provided a great deal of illumination about his background and personality.

When 'The Killing' began, it held out the promise that we'd get that kind of interesting texture and detail every week, along with new developments in the Rosie Larsen murder investigation.

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'The Killing' Season 1, Episode 7 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 8th 2011 11:00PM
['The Killing' - 'Vengeance']

'The Killing' has abandoned the central device of most police procedurals -- we know they're not going to nab the bad guy before the end of the hour. But the removal of that requirement has created other demands on the show.

The gimmick of 'The Killing' is that it is going to take an entire season to find the killer of Rosie Larsen. But before it gets to that big reveal, it has to keep viewers' interest with a series of cliffhangers. And strangely enough, the ending of Sunday's episode left me thinking about '24,' a show with a very different tone and pace.

Sarah Linden's personality is radically different from Jack Bauer's, but the two shows have one thing in common -- both '24' and 'The Killing' have to give us "exciting" endings, to make sure we'll keep tuning in. The reveal at the butcher shop felt especially '24'-like, in that it involved FBI agents busting in to a place that had connections to possibly shady character from a mosque. Though it wouldn't have fit the world of 'The Killing' at all, it would have mildly amused my weird sense of humor to see Jack Bauer demanding that Linden to tell him what she knows "now, damn it!"

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'The Killing,' Season 1, Episode 6 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 1st 2011 11:00PM
['The Killing' - 'What You Have Left']

Now we're getting somewhere. 'The Killing' has taken its time setting up its various plot threads, but this week, they began to come together in various ways.

The show is still a slow burn -- maybe too slow in some respects -- but progress is being made in the Rosie Larsen case.

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'The Killing' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 24th 2011 11:00PM
['The Killing' - 'Super 8']

I predicted that Michelle Forbes would be great in 'The Killing' -- when has she ever been less than excellent in anything? -- but Brent Sexton owned this episode of the AMC murder mystery.

One of the things the show has done effectively is show how grief can drive people apart. Sure, it'd be nice to believe that a tragedy would make members of a family treasure each other even more, but so far, it's not working out that way for the Larsens.

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'The Killing' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 17th 2011 11:00PM
['The Killing' - 'A Soundless Echo']

Some have complained about the pace of 'The Killing,' which has been described as satisfyingly deliberate by fans of the show. Those who haven't been fully won are more in the "Boy, this is slooow" camp.

I'm still fully on board with this AMC show, but truth be told, this episode did feel a little draggy. Is it me, or did Holder's bus ride seem to take forever?

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'The Killing' Episode 4 Preview: Rosie's Dad Has Secrets (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 15th 2011 9:00AM
AMC's 'The Killing'Who killed Rosie Larsen?

The mystery on AMC's latest drama, 'The Killing,' is unfolding slowly -- in fact, we might not ever find out who murdered the sweet-faced teenage girl (although I really hope that's not the case).

All we know is we're hooked on this new show, with its moody weather, understated performances and everyone's-a-suspect line of storytelling.

Which is why any new clip or sneak peek gets us spouting theories and wondering about suspects even more.

In the clip from this week's new episode (Sundays, 10PM ET on AMC), we find out that Rosie's dad Stan has some secrets: one very sweet and sad, and one really sketchy sounding.

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'The Killing' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 11th 2011 1:10AM
['The Killing' - 'El Diablo']

Too many new shows in the last few years have handled the dynamics of cop partnerships badly. When depicting two detectives working together, many shows merely assemble a laundry list of cliches, throw some good actors at the scenes and hope for the best.

'The Killing' is the exception to that approach. The development of the awkward but surprisingly effective partnership of Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) is one of the best things about the show.

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Talking TV Podcast Checks In on 'Breaking In,' 'The Killing' and 'Justified'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 5th 2011 1:00PM
This week's on the Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan podcast, Ryan McGee and I discuss a Fox show that premieres Wednesday, go in-depth on an AMC show that premiered Sunday and check in on one of 2011's most satisfying dramas.

If you're wondering whether Christian Slater can still work that '80s charm in his new comedy, 'Breaking In,' if you really dug the debut of 'The Killing' and you want to hear us talk about our favorite parts of the premiere, or if you're merely a fan of 'Justified,' this week's podcast is made for you.

Running times for the various discussions are below.

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Kyle Richards Might Not Return to 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' 'The Killing' Posts Respectable Debut Ratings and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 4th 2011 5:45PM
Kyle RichardsWould you watch a Kyle Richards–less 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'?

The Bravo show has been renewed for a second season, but the cast contracts aren't finalized. While past speculation has focused on Camille Grammer as the housewife most likely to pass on season 2, Richards told E! Online this weekend that she wasn't sure if she'd definitely return to the show.

"We're not really sure who's coming back yet, so we'll see," she told E!. "Right now we're deciding. It's a family decision between my husband, my kids and I, and we have a little time to decide and I'm kind of deciding what I want to do."

Bravo usually doesn't comment on cast decisions until right before the seasons premiere.

In other TV news ...

AMC's highly praised 'The Killing' and Reelz Channel's much-maligned 'The Kennedys' both performed well for their respective networks this weekend. 'The Borgias' also drew a record 1.5 million viewers for Showtime. 'The Killing' saw an audience of 4.7 million in two showings last night, while a record 1.9 million viewers tuned in for the first part of the 'Kennedys' miniseries. That's not saying too much, though, since we doubt many people even knew they had the channel before ... [Entertainment Weekly]

Get ready for more Andy Cohen. The Bravo honcho's 'Watch What Happens Live' was just renewed for a fifth season. The 100th episode of the late-night talk show will air after the 'Real Housewives of New York City' premiere on Thursday night. [TV Guide]

At Oxygen's upfront presentation today, the network announced three new series, as well as the premiere dates for its 'Glee' and Paris Hilton reality shows. 'The Glee Project' will bow June 12 and 'The World According to Paris' will debut June 1. As for the new shows, 'Maids of Drama' chronicles the adventures of bridesmaids, 'Lost Angels' follows Olivia Newton John's daughter Chloe Lattanzi, and 'My Post-Grad Life' is about two women trying to find careers in Philadelphia and Boston. [Deadline]

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'The Killing' Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2 Recap (Season Premiere)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 3rd 2011 11:01PM
['The Killing' - Pilot and 'The Cage']

"At least you've got a bad guy." - Stephen Holder

"Yeah? Who's that?" - Sarah Linden

One of the best things about the two-hour premiere of 'The Killing' is how it unobtrusively introduced intriguing questions.

Of course, a big question hangs over the entire series -- as the show's marketing campaign asks, "Who killed Rosie Larsen?"

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Michelle Forbes on 'The Killing,' Dark Roles and Grieving

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Apr 1st 2011 2:00PM
Michelle Forbes, The KillingYou know when a U.S. network reworks a European series (in this case, one from Denmark), it's going to be dark and brooding. AMC's 'The Killing' is just that -- unsettling, gloomy and melancholy. Starring Michelle Forbes ('True Blood,' 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Durham County') as a mother trying to deal with the mysterious disappearance of her daughter Rosie, this is anything but light fare.

Filmed in Vancouver posing as Seattle, 'The Killing' is a 13-episode murder-mystery series, but with such a stellar cast and stark vibe, it ends up offering up more than your standard whodunit. We caught up with Forbes and chatted about her attraction to dark roles, how she channels such raw emotion and if she's ever going to take a break from the intensity.

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