Netflix and DirecTV want to continue The Killing

A month after AMC announced the cancellation of the whodunnit series just two seasons (and one murder) in, reports are emerging that two different companies are considering making a bid to bring the show back to life: DirecTV and Netflix. But why would anyone want to do that, exactly?

The Killing, which debuted on AMC amid much fanfare in 2011, is an American remake of a Dutch series titled Forbrydelsen(which translated, literally, as “The Crime”). The show centered around the investigation of one murder, that of Rosie Larson, a teenager whose body is found in the trunk of an abandoned car just outside Seattle, Washington, and followed the format of the Dutch original with each episode taking place in a roughly 24 hour period within the investigation (It alienated a number of its fanbase by not following another of the Dutch show’s conventions and wrapping very case up within a season at the most; when Larson’s killer wasn’t found by the end of the first season, there was considerable outcry amongst viewers). After debuting as AMC’s second-highest rated premiere behindThe Walking Dead (2.7 million viewers), ratings dipped throughout its two-season run until it was cancelled with a series low of 1.59 million viewers.

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