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


... 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]


... 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]


... 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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