First the good news : it’s official, “The Killing” has come back from the dead and we’ll another season.AMC and Fox Television Studios are bringing the previously-canceled crime drama back for a third season, it was announced Tuesday.Deadline reports that creator Veena Sud is returning as show runner, and stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will reprise their roles as Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder. The third season will focus on a new case and will be resolved in 12 episodes.”‘The Killing’ from day one has been a truly original take on the crime drama. Veena Sud and the rest of the talented creative team are hard at work shaping the lives of Linden and Holder, portrayed by the terrific Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman,” AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement.Sud added, “I couldn’t be happier to know that I will be returning to work with AMC, FTVS and Mireille and Joel on what is and has always been a passion project for me. To the fans that have supported the series, thank you for doing so. My team and I will work hard to deliver the best story that we can for season three.“Production will begin on Feb. 25 in Vancouver. Per Deadline, a description of the third season reads: “A year after closing the Rosie Larsen case, Sarah Linden is no longer a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen Holder’s search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden, she is drawn back into the life she thought she’d left behind.“
Lifetime is closing the book on dramedy Drop Dead Diva after four seasons.The cable network has opted not to order a fifth season of the show starring Brooke Elliott as a dead aspiring model trapped in the body of an intelligent, curvy lawyer. The decision comes three months after Season 4 of Drop Dead Diva wrapped its run on Lifetime.
Drop Dead Diva was one of two scripted series Nancy Dubuc inherited when she took over Lifetime in 2010, along with veteran drama Army Wives, which is undergoing casting and creative changes as it heads into a seventh season. There had been speculation that Lifetime brass felt Drop Dead Diva did not fit into the network’s shift toward edgier fare. The network tried to shake things up last season with the casting of Kim Kardashian in a recurring role. Ratings-wise, Drop Dead Diva has been a solid performer since its July 2009 premiere, which drew 2.8 million viewers. Its most recent season averaged consistently over 2 million viewers an episode in Live+Same Day.
Lifetime delayed a final decision on Drop Dead Diva until the last moment so it can look at some of its current pilots. The move to cancel Diva indicates that the network’s executives probably like what they have seen so far on the pilot front.