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Netflix Lands Third Season of ‘The Killing’ — 90 Days After Broadcast

14 Mar, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Actors Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in "The Killing"

Quick streaming access key to third season production of AMC Networks’ cult serialized drama

Netflix March 14 said it will have exclusive streaming access to the third season of AMC Networks’ mystery drama, “The Killing,” just 90 days after its broadcast finale in 2014.

The short turnaround is unusual as the subscription video-on-demand’s window typically follows the packaged media’s release date, which is tied to the following season’s broadcast premiere.

Netflix, which brokered the deal with Fox Television Studios — the show’s creator — bowed the second season of “The Killing” on SVOD March 13. The series premiered on AMC Apr. 3, 2011, with season two premiering April 1, 2012. “The Killing,” which began filming the 12-episode third season Feb. 25 in Vancouver, Canada, has averaged 1.9 million viewers over the two seasons, according to the network.

The critically acclaimed drama, based on the Danish series "Forbrydelsen," follows various murder investigations led by homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman).

After the close of the "Rosie Larsen case," covered during the first two seasons of the series, the third season picks up one year later, with Linden no longer a detective. When ex-partner Holder's search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden, she is drawn back into the life she thought she'd left behind. The show recently added actor Peter Sarsgaard to the cast.

"Our agreement with Netflix played an extremely significant part in the studio's strategy that enabled us to bring 'The Killing' back for a third season,” David Madden, president of Fox Television Studios, said in a statement. “We are delighted to be in business with Netflix to deliver season three, as well as past seasons of 'The Killing' to a broader audience worldwide."

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said serialized dramas are a staple among the SVOD service’s subscribers. As usual, Netflix makes all episodes of a serialized drama available on launch date.

“Our members love these high-quality shows,” Sarandos said.

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