‘The Killing’ Comes Back to Life, Again

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The Killing is really and truly the show that can’t be killed. After not one but two cancellations by AMC, the crime drama has just been resurrected for a fourth season, this time on Netflix. The new season will supposedly be its last, but at this point, who knows if this show is even capable of staying dead? Hit the jump to learn who’s coming back for the next run of episodes, and more.

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‘The Killing’ Gets Killed Again

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It’s been about a year since AMC announced that The Killing would not continue beyond Season 2, but as we know, that decision didn’t stick. Netflix and DirecTV quickly expressed interest in picking up the mystery series, and within a few months AMC had changed its mind and greenlit a third season.

Now, however, AMC’s decided to kill The Killing again. And this time, we suspect a revival is not in the cards. Hit the jump for more details.

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We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:

  • Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
  • Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
  • Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
  • Downton Abbey gets its first black character
  • John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
  • Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
  • NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
  • The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
  • FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
  • Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
  • Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
  • The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills

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Steel yourself for the very end of Fringe with a new trailer and poster. Also after the jump:

  • The Killing is officially returning to AMC for a third season
  • Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B get pulled from Sundays
  • Who noticed that the Twin Towers were missing on The Carrie Diaries?
  • Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore is returning to Syfy with Helix
  • iTunes will offer Downton Abbey a little early; Maggie Smith will return
  • We Bought a Zoo‘s Colin Ford joins Stephen King‘s Under the Dome
  • Hannibal casts Aliens star Lance Henriksen in a guest spot
  • See the premiere of the Childrens Hospital spinoff Newsreaders
  • Nick Offerman fantasizes about the presidency on Axe Cop
  • A new video goes behind the scenes of Game of Thrones Season 3

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It’s already time to look ahead to January, apparently, seeing as today’s TV Bits includes updates on three shows premiering in early 2013. After the jump:

  • Leslie’s celebrity crush Joe Biden is coming to Parks & Recreation
  • ReelzChannel is planning a sequel to 2011′s political soap The Kennedys
  • Netflix is on the verge of a deal to save AMC’s The Killing for Season 3
  • Vampire Hunter Abe steals Jesse Pinkman’s job (not the meth-making one)
  • Watch the trailer for the spy drama  The Americans, starring Keri Russell
  • Portlandia sets a return date and announces a winter special watch a clip
  • The Sex and the City prequel Carrie Diaries hits The CW on January 14
  • The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and NBC’s Chicago Fire will stick around

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Plenty of high-profile actors and filmmakers have devoted time to deflecting Fifty Shades of Grey movie rumors in recent months, but one industry figure who’s made no secret of his burning desire to bring the S&M novel to life is Bret Easton Ellis. The American Psycho author has been pushing hard for the screenwriting job over the past couple of months, calling lead character Christian Grey “a writer’s dream” and floating casting ideas via Twitter.

Alas, it seems this particular dream is out of reach for Ellis. A shortlist of possible scribes for the Universal and Focus Features adaptation has just been revealed, and Ellis’ name is nowhere to be seen. What’s more surprising may be the writers that are. Producers are reportedly eyeing writers behind Cars 2, The Killing, and Saving Mr. Banks. More details after the jump.

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Last week DreamWorks and Working Title Films announced that Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) will write a remake of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rebecca, or perhaps more accurately that Knight will write a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Rebecca, which was adapted into Hitchcock’s film, as well as a couple others.

Now there is another Hitchcock film being remade, or re-adapted. This time it is the 1932 novel Before the Fact, by Francis Iles, which Hitchcock directed as the 1941 film Suspicion. Heading up the adaptation is The Killing showrunner Veena Sud, who will script. Read More »

AMC Television has officially announced that they have made a full series order for the ilot that was formerly known as The Killing, from writer and executive producer Veena Sud (Cold Case). They have also passed along the first production photo from the yet-to-be-officially titled crime thriller series. Read the full press release after the jump.
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