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Too Late to Beg You or Cancel It: AMC Twists Up the Procedural with "The Killing"

By Cindy Davis | Industry | March 1, 2011 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | March 1, 2011 |

AMC’s new series “The Killing” boasts a great cast and an interesting format. Following the investigation of a teenage girl’s murder, each episode will span one twenty-four hour period. Instead of presenting the murder as an event, this crime/mystery series will unfold the killing through its characters. Lead detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos, “Big Love”) and her new partner Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman, Snabba Cash) try to track down the killer of Seattle teen, Rosie Larsen. “The Killing” also stars Michelle Forbes (“True Blood, In Treatment”) as Rosie’s mother, Mitch Larsen, Brent Sexton (“Life,” W, In the Valley of Elah) as father, Stan Larsen and Billy Campbell (“Once and Again,” Enough) as mayoral candidate, Darren Richmond.

Here’s a featurette with an in-depth introduction to the characters, drawn together by a horrible crime. Brent Sexton looks to be a powerhouse performer and even though there’s a bit of over-explananing going on, the actual scenes in between are compelling:

Based on a successful Danish series, “Forbrydelsen,” “The Killing” looks to be a continuation of AMC’s other great character dramas—“Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men.” The show will premiere with a two-hour episode, Sunday, April 3 at 9 p.m. EST.

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