Screen Junkies » the killing http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:30:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Prison Dumps Orange Jumpsuits, Because ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Made Them Cool http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/prison-dumps-orange-jumpsuits-because-orange-is-the-new-black-made-them-cool/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/prison-dumps-orange-jumpsuits-because-orange-is-the-new-black-made-them-cool/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:38:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263297 Man, prison is so awesome.

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Ok, Netflix. You’ve gone too far. First you give us 16 seasons of The Killing when we politely asked you to stop, like, six times, and now you’ve turned orange prison jumpsuits into haute couture. Or so so says my favorite arbiter of fashion trends, Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel.

According to the Fantastic Mr. Federspiel, Orange is the New Black has given the outfits a “cultural coolness” that flies in the face of the deterrent aspect of the penal system. Next think you know, kids will be hanging out with a diverse cast of characters, who, despite their differences and issues, are all in this thing together and just have to make the best of it, ya know?

It will be anarchy.

The Sheriff has opted for black and white striped jumpsuits, so that the prisoners will not only recognize that prison jumpsuits AREN’T cool, but also that it’s the 1940′s.

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‘The Killing’, Which, No, Hasn’t Been Cancelled Yet, Brings Us A Trailer For Season 4 http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-killing-which-no-hasnt-been-cancelled-yet-brings-us-a-trailer-for-season-4/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-killing-which-no-hasnt-been-cancelled-yet-brings-us-a-trailer-for-season-4/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:42:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262650 They're taking an awfully long time to solve this murder...

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When all else fails, go to Netflix. And apparently, all else had failed The Killing, which was cancelled by AMC after season one, then brought back, then cancelled again and so on. The Killing really copped out pretty hard by not providing any closure as to who the guilty party was at the end of the first season, and it pissed fans off.

But I guess as those fans left, new ones stepped up, because Netflix has offered to take on season four this time around. Tune in starting on August 1st.

And here’s the trailer. It seems as though the cops did something bad…

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‘The Killing’ Cannot Be Killed, Season 4 Will Run On Netflix http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-killing-cannot-be-killed-season-4-will-run-on-netflix/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-killing-cannot-be-killed-season-4-will-run-on-netflix/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:05:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258027 It will only be six episodes. Then it's really over.

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AMC, after canceling The Killing twice, realized that its forces couldn’t be stopped, so the best strategy was just to let it keep airing in an unpopulated area. Enter Netflix.

Netflix, which partnered with AMC to bring back the show for a second season, will now be the sole distribution channel for the program (unless some weirdo wants to buy the DVDs).

I don’t know what the fourth season will be about, but I doubt it’s about who killed that girl in the first episode, because if it is…ugh. That’s a slow-developing story, even by AMC standards. The final season will be six episodes, so that’s rather merciful.

I think a Laura Palmer zombie is probably the only thing that can save this.

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AMC Has Cancelled ‘The Killing’. Again. http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-has-cancelled-the-killing-again/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-has-cancelled-the-killing-again/#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:10:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256922 Let it evolve into the next, better show.

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After a second round of low ratings, and critical torment, AMC has once again taken The Killing out back to be shot, this time to finish what it started a few seasons ago. I don’t think many will mourn the death of the show, but the fact that a new, better (presumably) show will take its place is heartening.

The Killing aggravated its viewers with a season one ending that didn’t provide the resolution anyone wanted after leading everyone down a road of red herrings, false starts, and painfully obvious throwaway suspects. While things settled down a little over the next two seasons, The Killing came to be known as a show that didn’t live up to its potential.

Rather than continue to dig the show out of its hole, AMC, which hasn’t quite recreated its recipe for success with Hell on Wheels or Low Winter Sun, has decided that it might be best to just clear the space and start over.

We agree.

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AMC Says Production On ‘Mad Men’ Starts Next Month, Dodges Frank Darabont Questions http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/amc-says-production-on-mad-men-starts-next-month-dodges-frank-darabont-questions/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/amc-says-production-on-mad-men-starts-next-month-dodges-frank-darabont-questions/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:06:52 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222439 They also "hear you" about 'The Killing'.

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AMC senior VP of original programming Joel Stillerman opened the AMC presentation to the Television Critics Association with some important news about their biggest shows. Mad Men, after a hotly contested season renewal negotiations, has added another season to its return order.

“We are announcing the return of season 5 and 6,” Stillerman said. “Matt and his incredible team are in the writer’s room breaking stories. Production starts Monday, August 8.”

As an added bonus, Jon Hamm will lend his handsomeness behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera as Don Draper. “Jon Hamm will be making his directorial debut for the season premiere of episode 5,” Stillerman added.

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After the departure of Frank Darabont from The Walking Dead, Stillerman was happy to praise new showrunner Glen Mazzara and the remaining crew, and even props to Darabont. “A very heartfelt thank you to Frank Darabont. He’s a visionary writer and director. He wrote a brilliant pilot and directed a brilliant pilot. His fingerprints are all over the adaptation.”

Stillerman still wouldn’t say why Darabont left though. “I don’t have much to add to the circumstances of it. I really mean what I say when I say Frank’s contribution to the series was invaluable and he’s a brilliant writer/director. We have full confidence in the team moving forward.”

For The Killing fans, season two promises to resolve the mystery of the first season. “I think the major takeaway for us after the finale of The Killing starts with the headline that for everybody who was frustrated, we hear you. If we had to do anything differently, we would certainly have taken a different approach to managing expectations within that season. I can tell you it was never intentionally meant to mislead anyone. Our goal was to create a brilliant piece of character-based storytelling. Veena Sud has an incredible vision for that show. Her writer’s room for season two opens next month and we’re incredibly excited about what’s coming down the pike. You will find out who killed Rosie Larson in season two definitively.”

More on AMC’s new series Hell on Wheels with the cast and creators soon.

 

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AMC Wants More ‘Killing’, Gets What It Wants http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-wants-more-killing-gets-what-it-wants/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-wants-more-killing-gets-what-it-wants/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2011 19:49:22 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215885 It's show about a gruesome murder. Which makes it the closest thing AMC has to a comedy.

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While the gaps between the haves “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men,” and”Breaking Bad“) and the have-nots (well, just”Rubicon“) made the cancellation of the latter understandable, AMC has decided to carry on with another slow-paced, serialized show that has existed (to acclaim) in the shadow of its bigger siblings. The cable network announced today that viewers’ patience will pay off and they will get a second season of “The Killing,” their series that focuses on a murder mystery over the course of a season (perhaps longer, now?).

Though “The Killing” hasn’t established a following like other AMC shows, it has drawn raves from critics and put up respectable numbers steadily, made all the more impressive by the fact that the show is heavily serialized and doesn’t really lend itself to pop-in viewers. I’m guessing that the network’s logic was something along the lines of “if it is just doing okay now, let’s toss it behind”Mad Men” in a year and let the money pile up.” Seriously. “The Emeril Show” could have been made appointment viewing if it was preceded by “Mad Men.”

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Veena Sud Talks AMC’s ‘The Killing’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/veena-sud-talks-amcs-the-killing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/veena-sud-talks-amcs-the-killing/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 21:26:11 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204572 The show's executive producer takes us behind the investigation into Rosie Larsen's murder.

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This weekend, the next AMC original series premieres. “The Killing” is based on a Danish series “Forbrydelsen,” and tells the ongoing story of an investigation of a murdered girl (spoiler for the first episode) involving a politician.

We all pretty much expect any AMC show now to be as great as “Mad Men, “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” They already got the exception of “Rubicon” out of the way. I got a chance to speak with “The Killing” writer, producer and show runner Veena Sud in January at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Q: Does any of your “Cold Case” experience apply to the crime aspects of “The Killing?”

Veena Sud: A lot of my research does because I spent a lot of time doing research with homicide detectives in Philadelphia during the run of “Cold Case.” One thing as a writer I found really quickly when I first started writing, I wrote my first screenplay when I was 16 and it was about a friendship of prostitutes, I did a lot of research with vice squad. Real life is much more fascinating than fiction so all of that research that I was able to do during “Cold Case” is definitely fruitful.

Q: Is this fiction more exciting than real life?

VS: It is, yes. This fiction is more exciting.

Q: So how do you do that, to make a story you’re inventing as exciting as real life?

VS: For me, being I get to do it on AMC, is all the moments, all the nuances. When there’s any sort of forced closure to a story, when you’re looking for closure, when you’re looking for that happy moment, when at the end of the hour, you’ve got to be done and out and onto the next thing, or the end of anything, you have to be done and out, it forces you to skip around the nuances of live and the moments of life. Life is meandering. It’s not a straight shot to the end of whatever. So that’s what’s so great to me about this is you can kind of meander in and out, exploring the moments and nothing is necessarily linear.

Q: What are the exciting stories besides the case, the subplots that will keep us hooked week in and week out?

VS: The story of the family, how a family deals with grief, what secrets come out in a marriage that were kept under wraps before, the things you learn about your child that you never knew before, her secrets, the dead girl’s secrets. For the detectives it’s this very seasoned homicide cop who is not choosing at this moment to go for happiness and go for simplicity in her life, but going down into this rabbit hole of this case and a new partner who is not seasoned, who is a former undercover cop being thrown together in this situation and how this dynamic plays out racing to their finish line of trying to solve this case. Then for the politicians, for Billy [Campbell]’s character and for his aides and the people in his world, including his nemesis, the mayor, there’s all sorts of enemies within the camp. So within Darren Richmond’s camp, there’s enemies. Within the mayor’s camp, there’s enemies. All the kind of dynasty of a political world is another truly compelling and intricate part of the story.

Q: How do you feel about the idea that we automatically suspect the politician?

VS: I think that’s the joy of this type of story. You come in with your assumptions about people and those assumptions are quickly stripped away. You think you know one thing about someone and we reverse it and you learn something else about everyone. Everyone’s got a secret. Everyone’s got a past.

Q: Are there some secrets you don’t know yet, that you haven’t decided?

VS: At this point, we have developed the characters so intensely over the last six months that we’ve planted the secrets already. What I did was right before we shot the pilot, I took each actor aside and told him their secret, but I told them they can’t tell anyone else. So each actor knows the secret of their character and the past they’re trying to hide and hopes never comes to light, but they haven’t told anyone else. They haven’t told the other actors in the scenes with them.

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Review: AMC’s The Killing http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-amcs-the-killing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-amcs-the-killing/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 17:38:47 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204233 Has a whole mess of potential which, if adapted correctly, could make it something unique and worth coming back to.

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The official poster for “The Killing” is a black and white image of a teenage girl, embossed with blood-red letters that ask “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?” It’s the kind of thing you’d see outside a shopping mall theatre in mid-October – creepy in the most generic way possible, almost to the point where ‘creepy’ is just a product you buy off the shelf every now and then when you’re feeling adventurous. And that’s unfortunate, because “The Killing” isn’t really what you’d call generic at all. It’s darker than that, more intense, and much more subtle than a poster with blood-font might suggest. What that poster represents, however, is what this show could become. “The Killing” has the makings of something new and intriguing, but there’s a lingering sense that the whole production could get real damn cheesy real damn fast.

If that does happen, it won’t be on account of the show’s two protagonists. Sara Linden and Steven Holder, detectives assigned to investigate the murder of loca high school student Rosie Larsen, are one of the more satisfying cop duos to emerge from television in recent years. They’re flawed and reserved. They communicate with one another in short, terse phrases, never mincing words or overstating emotions. When we meet them, they’re strangers working together for the first time, but we immediately see a tentative bond begin to form. Watching them converse, reason, deduce things, just feels right. You could chalk it up to good chemistry, but it’s also a sign that the writing behind these two has a distinct rhythm the audience will come to know and respect.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the show’s other primary characters. The parents of the murdered girl, Stan and Mitch Larsen, come to mind. Important as they are, the roles are overacted and predictable. If detectives Linden and Holder represent something new and exciting, then the Larsens are like a couple of supporting characters on an episode of “CSI: Miami.” You want them to go away, but they keep coming back and crying or having a breakdown or some other ridiculous thing, which really gets in the way of the whole “solving the mystery” objective. They’re everything you thought you might avoid by watching a long-form murder mystery instead of a 30-minute crime procedural. Less screen time for both of them, or at least less over-dramatized screen time, would be a real plus for the show.

Same goes for the third branch of this murder mystery tree: The seemingly-innocent political candidate and his posse of fast-talking election insiders. Right off the bat, problems arise with this prong of the story. First, there’s no explanation as to why this character is getting any attention. The show is supposed to switch between the three main storylines with ease – police, parents, politician – giving the audience a few more clues to mull over in each scenario. The politician, however, seems completely out of place until an all-too-convenient plot twist throws him into the midst of the investigation. It’s like the writers pulled the tarp off too early, accidentally revealing that this guy is hiding something by involving him before he ever needed to be involved. Add to that the fact that he’s a composite of every Hollywood political stereotype in the book, and you’ve got yourself an all-around lame character with obvious motivations who really doesn’t bring much to the table on his own. Hopefully his storyline will be interesting enough to prop him up, otherwise he and his cronies are going to prove to be a real drag on the show.

That said, “The Killing” has a whole mess of potential which, if adapted correctly, could make it something unique and worth coming back to. Fortunately, the show’s two greatest strengths are its most important aspects: The mystery and the cops assigned to solve it. If the show sticks to its core elements, it could represent an exciting new take on the genre. However, if it tries too hard to be something we’ve seen before, something overly-emotional that relies on tears and the same tired character molds to keep people watching, then it’s bound to fall apart before it ever gets moving. Which would suck, because that poster really makes me want to know who killed Rosie Larsen.

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AMC’s ‘The Killing’ Will Murder You With Mystery http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-a-new-preview-for-amcs-the-killing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-a-new-preview-for-amcs-the-killing/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:39:26 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=102831 This thing's gonna make 'Mad Men' look like 'Cop Rock'!

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Here’s a brand new teaser for AMC’s new mystery series, “The Killing.” It’s based on the Danish series “Forbrydelsen.” “The Killing” stars Billy Campbell, Brent Sexton, and Michelle Forbes. It premieres on April 3.

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AMC’s ‘The Killing’ Gets Release Date, Super Serious Photos http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/amcs-new-series-the-killing-gets-release-date-photos/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/amcs-new-series-the-killing-gets-release-date-photos/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:42:39 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=26179 I know it's about a killing, but is so much brooding necessary?

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AMC has a reputation for television excellence, and as a result each announcement of a new series is met with frenzied anticipation, much like the anticipation of the latest batch of sweet sweet crystal meth from Breaking Bad‘s Walter White (had to fit in that reference somehow). Anyway, the next series to make people on the internet lose their shit is “The Killing,” based on the Danish TV series “Forbrydelsen,” which is probably Danish for “this will make you wonder why you ever pay to go to the movies.” It’s set to premiere on Sunday, April 3rd at 9 PM, so keep that day clear of any less-important events like the birth of your firstborn or a major terrorist attack. To keep you sated until then, check out these very serious looking photos from the show. (via Collider)

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AMC Officially Picks Up ‘The Killing’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-officially-picks-up-the-killing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-officially-picks-up-the-killing/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 AMC has officially picked up the crime thriller the "The Killing" to series. It will join the line-up of "Mad Men," "Rubicon," "Breaking Bad," and "The Walking Dead," the Frank Darabont zombie series that you and I both can't wait to premiere in October. The show will be renamed, and run by creator/executive producer Veena Sud. 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. 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. If you're intrigued, you can read the rest of the press release after the jump. And just FYI, Keanu Reeves doesn't star in it. Awww, don't be sad. Put that sandwich down and get off of that bench.

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AMC has officially picked up the crime thriller the "The Killing" to series. It will join the line-up of "Mad Men," "Rubicon," "Breaking Bad," and "The Walking Dead," the Frank Darabont zombie series that you and I both can’t wait to premiere in October. The show will be renamed, and run by creator/executive producer Veena Sud.

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. 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.

If you’re intrigued, you can read the rest of the press release after the jump. And just FYI, Keanu Reeves doesn’t star in it. Awww, don’t be sad. Put that sandwich down and get off of that bench.

 

“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 series."

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.

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