AMC has canceled The Killing again, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
"We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of The Killing," AMC said in a statement. "We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched."
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The Killing was first canceled in 2012 after two seasons, but was later resurrected when AMC and Fox Television Studios hatched a deal with Netflix. The Killing's first-season finale angered many critics and fans by not resolving the murder of Rosie Larsen. That mystery and several other remaining loose ends were tied up in June's Season 2 finale, with the third season delving into a new killer altogether. The third season ended in August with 1.5 million viewers tuning in, up from the 1.4 million who watched the Season 2 finale. However, its overall average for total viewers was slightly below that of Season 2 (1.53 million vs. 1.65 million).
Fox Television studios, which produces the show, also released a statement: "Fox Television Studios is extremely proud of all three seasons of The Killing. We're especially gratified to have orchestrated a unique deal with AMC for season three that included a bold partnership with Netflix. While we would have loved to produce a fourth season for AMC, FTVS is immensely grateful to everyone involved with this moving series: our brilliant cast, led by Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman and season three's Peter Sarsgaard, our stellar executive producer, Veena Sud, a remarkable writing and producing team, and a tireless, dedicated crew. Most of all, FTVS thanks the terrific fans of The Killing, who communicated their appreciation for the show throughout its run."
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