Despite a plummeting viewership, AMC has decided to renew “The Killing.” It’s sitting at around 2.2 million viewers per week, down from the 4.7 million of its pilot episode, but that’s enough in the world of AMC to justify a second season. After all, the most recent “Mad Men” finale drew only 2.4 million. “Rubicon,” the only drama that hasn’t received a second season on AMC, finished its run with 1.1 million. The AV Club is also reporting that early reviews suggest at the end of this Sunday’s finale, “there will be a twist or tangent that serves as something of a cliffhanger to stoke interest in a second year.” I suspect that, of the 2.2 million people still watching “The Killing,” half of those are just waiting to find out who the killer is so they can get out. But, an intriguing opening episode in the second season could pull us back in. (Deadline)
In related news, Joel Kinnaman — who plays Stephen Holder on “The Killing” — has also signed on as the lead in a low-budget romantic drama, Lola Versus. He’ll play a tattoo artist who breaks it off with a struggling theater actress played by Greta Gerwig. Daryl Wein (Breaking Upwards) is directing. (THR)
And those of you who know Kinnaman only from his role in “The Killing,” might be surprised to learn that he’s Swedish, he played the lead in Snabba Cash, a huge film in Sweden that’s being remade in America (last I heard with Zac Efron) and that the Swedish director of Snabba Cash, Daniel Espinosa, also cast Kinnamon in Safe House with Denzell Washington and Ryan Reynolds. I get the idea that Kinnaman is a BFD in Sweden.
Now, here’s where I blow your head space in three. This is Kinnamon in his natural state:
I never would’ve imagined the guy in that video could play Holder. That’s some fine goddamn acting.