News Briefs: Netflix Is Close to Keeping AMC's The Killing Alive

By Tim Surette

Nov 09, 2012

THINGS THAT WILL NOT DIE NEWS

... AMC's The Killing, which was canceled and thrown into a shallow grave by the network a few months ago, might be crawling out for a third season. Show-saver Netflix is reportedly in discussions to help revive the struggling series after a strong pitch from showrunner Veena Sud, with AMC chipping in on production costs and getting first-air rights to revived show. It's a deal that resembles the pact between NBC and DirecTV that kept Friday Night Lights alive for Seasons 4 and 5. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... The CW's Nikita is on the move! The spy series will move up an hour to the Friday 8pm slot beginning November 30 after the current cycle of America's Next Top Model ends. Filling the void at 9pm will be repeats of the network's new darling, Arrow. [TV Line]

... The CW has found a spot for The Carrie Diaries on its midseason schedule. The Sex and the City prequel will debut on January 14 and kick off the night at 8pm, an hour earlier from its previously announced 9pm slot. 90210 will move back to 9pm to make room for young filly Carrie Bradshaw. [Deadline Hollywood]

... IFC has revealed Portlandia's return date: January 4! Grow a beard, buy a Subaru, and piss in someone's crappy beer to celebrate. [IFC via press release]

... NBC has ordered five more scripts of sitcom Whitney. Sigh. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC's Malibu Country has named a new showrunner after previous head honcho Kevin Abbott checked into rehab and gave up his spot. Nastaran Dibai will now take over in her first gig running a TV series. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... C. Thomas Howell's plan to take over the world is closer to becoming reality. Howell has been upped to regular on TNT's Southland, on which he plays dickish cop Dewey. Did you guys see Howell on Alphas and Revolution recently? (He's kinda weird.) [TV Line]

... The Big Bang Theory has cast Bernadette's mom, and it's... Meagan Fay! You'll recognize Fay from Malcolm in the Middle and The Bernie Mac Show, provided that you've seen both of those shows and have a really great memory. Look for her in the December 6 episode. [TV Guide]

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  • bbyboop1977 Nov 11, 2012

    I'm so glad Nikita is being moved. 9:00 was not a good time for it.

  • JT_Kirk Nov 10, 2012

    Poor C. Thomas Howell, he always plays "the dickish ______", guy needs a new agent.

    Nikita's timeslot was pulling half the ratings of Beauty and the Beast, so it needed a move. Will people watch Arrow reruns though, or will that slot be the first broadcast timeslot in 50 years to have zero viewers? I'm betting it's the latter.

  • tinpanannie Nov 10, 2012

    Linden and Holder were a great pair. If the writers can expand their characters a bit and come up with stories with a bit more action I think this show would be a hit.

  • efonsecajr Nov 10, 2012

    FNL and The Killing arent even in the same universe. Veena Sud apparently missed her calling as a used car salesman.

  • DanielAshe1 Nov 09, 2012

    I really liked the Killing. I felt like the Killing had more of a novel pace than a typical TV show which I appreciated. Rubicon was the other show that I had really hoped Netflix would have saved, but one of out two isn't bad.

  • j7k8 Nov 09, 2012

    I liked how The Killing ended, it was very fitting for the series and I don't know what season 3 would consist of. And I would rather see the actors doing something else because that cast was phenomenal.

  • LiseLotteDive Nov 09, 2012

    Adhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt2279838/ This is a link to one of the titles.

  • LiseLotteDive Nov 09, 2012

    Great police action are the Swedish movies called Johan Falk - and whatever title...Joel Kinnaman plays a biker aka police informant. These movies are the best action this little country has ever produced. The last once are flawless.

  • DavidJackson8 Nov 09, 2012

    The Killing is slow with very little action. I can see why a place like Netflix would try and pick it up: it should be pretty damn cheap to make. They can have a whole episode with Linden and Holder just walking on the street looking for a clue on the sidewalk and still have a decent audience. Despite that half-criticism, I'll probably watch, heh.

    I don't watch it on TV much, but I still like the news about Nikita. I don't know what else is on at 8 on Fridays, but I do know that Grimm and Fringe are on at 9, so it shouldn't hurt to get out of that time slot.

    Euw. Whitney.

  • ted2332 Nov 09, 2012

    I like The Killing, so good news. (hopefully)

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