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Move over Don Draper and Walt White: AMC picks up a chilling new series

August 11, 2010 |  2:03 pm
Enos American Movie Classics? Pish. These days, AMC is looking to create American TV classics.

The network announced a full series order for the pilot that was formerly known as “The Killing.”   The currently untitled series, from writer and executive producer Veena Sud (“Cold Case”), is based on the successful Danish television crime series “Forbrydelsen;” set in Seattle, it tells the story of a slain young girl and the ensuing police investigation.

“We are thrilled to be moving forward with this stunning piece of television. It is a crime drama, but it is also a gripping character-based story that pulls you in and doesn't let go,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content.

The network that was once the place to catch classic cinema is slowly — but surely — increasing its television presence. The new show marks the fifth series in the network’s slate of  original programming, which includes “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Rubicon” and “The Walking Dead.”  The network recently received 26 Emmy nominations, and became the only network in television history to win three consecutive Golden Globe awards for best dramatic series for  “Mad Men.”  The first two seasons of “Breaking Bad” landed Bryan Cranston the outstanding lead actor Emmy for his portrayal of lead character Walt White. 

AMC first announced the pilot order for "The Killing" in January 2010 with Patty Jenkins (“Monster”) directing the pilot.  The first season will consist of  13 one-hour episodes.

Mireille Enos (who played twin sisters Kathy and Jodeen Marquart on “Big Love”) will star as Sarah, the lead homicide detective who investigates the death of Rosie Larsen. She joins previously announced castings  Billy Campbell (“Once and Again,” “Enough”), Michelle Forbes (“True Blood”),  Joel Kinnaman (“Snabba Cash”) and Brent Sexton (“W.”) .

Production on the series will take place in Vancouver starting this fall; it is slated to premiere in 2011.

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Mireille Enos as Kathy Marquart in HBO's "Big Love." Credit: HBO

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