AMC has just announced that they have canceled ‘The Killing’ after only two seasons. A statement from the network said “After much deliberation, we’ve come to the difficult decision not to renew ‘The Killing’ for a third season. AMC is incredibly proud of the show and is fortunate to have worked with such a talented team on this project, from showrunner Veena Sud and our terrific partners at Fox Television Studios to the talented, dedicated crew and exceptional cast.”
Fox Television Studios quickly sent out their own statement saying they would be working on finding the series a new network to call home. “Fox Television Studios is extremely proud of ‘The Killing,’ the extraordinary writing staff and crew, and what we believe is one of the best casts on television. We will proceed to try to find another home for the show.”
“The Killing” has been one of AMC’s few missteps in an otherwise remarkable plunge into scripted television during the last several years. The show premiered last year to 2.7 million viewers and plenty of fan and critic excitement. But in a move that will likely be used as a real-time lesson in serialized series management for years to come, AMC and Sud managed to infuriate fans by declining to solve a mystery that viewers felt they had been led to believe would be cleared up by the end of the first season.
When season 2 debuted in April, ratings dropped 33% to 1.8 million viewers. The audience continued to ebb until the finale, which garnered 1.4 million viewers and finally revealed who killed teen murder victim Rosie Larsen. With the ratings showing a clear downward trajectory, and having established across two seasons that the Larsen murder is the driving force of the show, cancellation seemed very likely. The lesson? Don’t take viewers for granted.
I finally got around to watching the first season of ‘The Killing’ a couple weeks ago, and while I agree it was pretty frustrating, I have to say I also completely LOVE the show. I’m surprised it’s been canceled! I’m only about half way through the second season, but if it’s true you don’t find out who killed Rosie until the finale of the second season – then yes, that’s pretty annoying. You do feel like you’re being strung along, and that can be incredibly frustrating.
I’m really sad it’s been canceled though, I hope it finds a new home on another network!
Mad Men is set to premiere on March 25, and here we have our first look at season 5. And yet there’s nothing FROM season 5 in the promo! They’ve recycled old shots from past seasons, and it’s a major disappointment. I was hoping that after so much time off, we’d get a real first look at where the characters are now. But no!
As for what’s coming up in season 5, Jon Hamm has hinted at a possible romance with Joan.
Actor Jon Hamm has revealed that the relationship between Mad Men characters Don Draper and Joan Harris will be explored in greater detail as the series progresses.
The actor, who plays womanising ad executive Draper in the drama, made his comments at the Curzon Mayfair last night as part of a Bafta interview with Jo Whiley.
When asked why Draper has never made a pass at office vixen Joan, played by Christina Hendricks, Hamm responded: “Who says he hasn’t?”
He continued: “The Don/Joan dynamic is something that we do explore, and don’t take this the wrong way, but we do explore as the show goes on.
“They have worked together for a long time, they know one another very well and I’ll leave it at that.”
Hamm also hinted that there was hope for his character, despite the tumultuous last series of the show, in which he lost his friend Anna and shocked colleagues with a spontaneous proposal to new secretary Megan.
“[Anna's death] may have caused some tectonic shift in Don, maybe one of the reasons we saw the proposal. It’s not a mistake that he gives Megan Anna’s ring, he did not give that to Betty, but I think that there is hope,” he said.
Additionally, Hamm revealed that there would be at least a further three series of Mad Men, and that the first episode of the upcoming fifth season will be two hours long.
I don’t know how I feel about a Don/Joan hookup. I guess it could be kind of hot. What if they end up having a relationship?! So weird! Can’t wait for the new season!
Posted Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 9:09am
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“Mad Men” just released this brand new poster for the highly anticipated return of their hit show. Season 5 is set to return March 25 after a long hiatus!
The new poster shows the silhouette of a man falling out of the sky, and the premiere date. Honestly, I didn’t think anything of this poster when I saw it – in the opening sequence of Mad Men, there’s a man falling out of the sky. No big deal!
Well apparently some viewers are comparing the poster to images of 9/11. What!?
Do you agree? What do you think of the poster – is it offensive?
PS: Cannot WAIT for the show to return! It’s just been too dang long! ALSO: Just learned that the March 25th season premiere will be 2 hours long!
As one of the most highly anticipated season premieres of the year, AMC announced today that the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama Mad Men will be back with a two-hour Season 5 Premiere on Sun., Mar. 25 at 9pm ET/PT. Written by Matthew Weiner and directed by Jennifer Getzinger, the season premiere episode will also be available on AMCtv.com the Monday after air.
Following the premiere, on Sun., Apr. 1, Mad Men will return to its regular timeslot at 10pm ET/PT with an episode written by Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner and directed by Jon Hamm.
Season 5 of ‘Mad Men’ is finally getting ready to premiere, in 2012, much later than previous seasons.
Matthew Weiner, creator and writer of the hit show, says he already knows how the show will end at the end of season 7! Weiner sat down with Grantland.com to talk about his struggles with AMC – and his visions of how the show will end.
It’s not over yet – we have three more seasons of ‘Mad Men’ coming up – and the series will come to a close at the end of season 7. The last episode, Weiner says, will be more than just a look back at the show’s history.
“I do know how the whole show ends,” he told the site. “It came to me in the middle of last season. I always felt like it would be the experience of human life. And human life has a destination. It doesn’t mean Don’s gonna die. What I’m looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like … It’s 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it’s related to you.”
To see Don Draper, still working and trying to sell digital ad space, based on laser-targeted focus group and audience segmentation, would truly be a sight to behold. Of course, one gets the feeling that Weiner is more interested in looking at how the Jon Hamm-portrayed character would have handled the coming decades and changes in his life, not technological changes in his industry.
But it’s not just Don’s arc that concerns Weiner; both the seventh season expiration date, as well as the setting he intends for it, are also opportunities for him to reflect on the job he did with the show, as well as go out on his own terms. Just like one certain little band out of Liverpool did over forty years ago.
“It’s a very tall order, but I always talk about ‘Abbey Road,’” he said, referring of course to the final album The Beatles recorded together (though “Let It Be” would be released after “Abbey Road”). What’s the song at the end of Abbey Road? It’s called ‘The End.’ There is a culmination of an experience of people working at their highest level.”
Given that the series won its fourth straight Best Drama Emmy, Weiner certainly is on pace to end on top.