Last month, AMC pulled the plug on "The Killing" after two seasons and forced Detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder into early retirement. Or so we thought…
TVLine is reporting that both Netflix and DirecTV are in early negotiations with Fox TV about potentially picking up "The Killing" for a third season. However, only a DirecTV spokesperson went on the record with “We are constantly having conversations about bringing new shows to Audience Network, and we do take a look at everything that is available, but we haven’t made any decisions this summer in regards to new programming.”
DirecTV has previously saved both "Friday Night Lights" and "Damages" from premature cancellation by other networks, but DirecTV had also previously stated its intent to focus on original programming in the future as opposed to picking up shows that were originally broadcast on other networks. If DirecTV is eyeing "The Killing," this may represent a shift in their strategy.
As for Netflix, the streaming service has previously flirted with picking up "Terra Nova" and "The River," but neither of those shows were given a reprieve from their respective cancellations. However, Netflix did successfully revive the cult hit, "Arrested Development" for a new season with the original cast; which will debut in 2013.
It's not currently clear if "The Killing" stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman remain under contract for a third season, but it seems likely that Fox TV wouldn't pursue a revival unless both leads were still attached.
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