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."