AMC orders "The Killing" to series

TV Arts

New York, NY – August 11, 2010 - AMC announced today a full series
order for the pilot that was formerly known as The Killing, from
writer and executive producer Veena Sud (Cold Case). Sud has signed on
to also serve as the showrunner for the series, which is currently
untitled. Set in Seattle, the series is based on the wildly successful
Danish television series “Forbrydelsen” and tells the story of the
murder of a young girl and the subsequent police investigation.

Produced by Fox Television Studios, it is executive produced by Mikkel
Bondesen (Burn Notice) for Fuse Entertainment.  Fuse’s Kristen Campo
co-produces.  AMC first announced the pilot order in January 2010 with
Patty Jenkins (Monster) directing the pilot. Production on the series
begins this fall in Vancouver and season one consists of 13, one-hour
episodes. The series is slated to premiere in 2011 on AMC. Today’s
announcement marks the fifth original series greenlight for AMC. The
first four were Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Rubicon and The Walking Dead.

“We are thrilled to be moving forward with this stunning piece of
television. It is a crime drama, but it is also a gripping character
based story that pulls you in and doesn't let go. The storytelling is
completely compelling, and the show is visually breathtaking.” said
Joel Stillerman, AMC’s SVP original programming, production and
digital content.

"Ever since Mikkel Bondesen brought us this remarkable Danish
mini-series, we were determined to bring it to American television,”
said David Madden, EVP Fox Television Studios. "We are so proud to be
working with AMC and our extraordinary cast on this very special

As “Sarah,” Mireille Enos (Big Love) portrays the lead homicide
detective that investigates the death of Rosie Larsen. Other
previously announced castings include: Billy Campbell (Once and Again)
as Darren Richmond, Seattle’s City Council President, running for
Mayor; Michelle Forbes (True Blood) as Mitch Larsen, the victim’s
mother; Joel Kinnaman (Snabba Cash) as Stephen Holder, an ex-narc cop
who joins the homicide division in the investigation to find Rosie
Larsen’s killer; and Brent Sexton (W., In the Valley of Elah) as Stan
Larsen, the victim’s father. The series ties together three distinct
stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to
the case, the victim’s grieving family and the suspects. The story
also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to
the case. As it unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents;
everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they’ve moved
on, their past isn’t done with them. AMC’s Joel Stillerman and Susie
Fitzgerald, SVP scripted development and current programming, oversee
development and production for the network.
I don't think Americans have the attention span for a series that deals 
with only one murder.