Good news for fans of “The Killing.” Netflix recently confirmed that it reached a deal with News Corp.’s Fox Television Studios to stream season three of AMC’s hit show three months after the season finale.
Based on the Danish series “Forbrydelsen” (“The Crime”), seasons one and two of “The Killing” focused on Seattle police detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) as they investigated the murder of a teenager. Veena Sud will remain on board as the showrunner for season three, which tracks a new case for our favorite detectives.
After much behind-the-scenes negotiating, season three of the show will premiere on AMC later this year and be available via Netflix streaming in the U.S. and Canada three months after the finale airs in the U.S. The deal makes Netflix the exclusive subscription television service for “The Killing” season three.
Negotiations with Netflix for exclusive subscription VOD rights to the series were in the works when the return of the show was announced earlier this year, but no deal was unveiled at the time.
Even though “The Killing” developed a diehard cult following (including me), AMC canceled the drama after two seasons. In order to bring season three to the table, the cable network reduced its license fee considerably, and Fox vowed to cut the show’s budget where possible.
Hopefully, those budget cuts won’t dilute the quality of the show, but “The Killing” has never been about flashy special effects. Its beauty lies in the story, characters and considerable acting skills of its stars.
Netflix’s willingness to pay to get season three early was also part of the equation. “Our agreement with Netflix played an extremely significant part in the studio’s strategy that enabled us to bring ‘The Killing’ back for a third season,” said David Madden, president of Fox Television Studios. “We are delighted to be in business with Netflix to deliver season three, as well as past seasons of ‘The Killing,’ to a broader audience worldwide.”
Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, adds, “We’re excited to see ‘The Killing’ back on TV and we’re especially proud to bring season three to our members so soon after it premieres on AMC. ‘The Killing’ is a terrific serialized drama, and we know our members love these high-quality shows.”
Season one of “The Killing” is currently available on Netflix via streaming.
Next question: When will “Forbrydelsen” be available for streaming, Netflix?