AMC Kills “The Killing” For Good

AMC has cancelled The Killing — and if the news sounds familiar, well, it should. The network pulled the plug on the police procedural drama for good on Wednesday, a year after it was revived from the cancellation graveyard and brought back for a third season.

Based on a Danish TV series, The Killing followed a Seattle police detective (Mireille Enos) trying to solve a homicide. Although the show kept viewers engaged throughout its first season, fans were irate when the first-season finale failed to answer the tagline question, “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?”

Lagging ratings in the second season led AMC to axe the series. Just as producers at Fox Television Studios were in talks with Netflix about picking up the show’s third season, AMC made the surprise decision to resurrect The Killing.

Critics were generally positive about the revived show’s creative direction, but ratings showed little improvement over the low ratings that tanked it in the first place. AMC brought down the axe, presumably for good, this week:

“We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of The Killing. We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched.”