Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

Q&A: Future of AMC's 'The Killing' hangs in the balance

No word on fate of 'The Killing'

Is AMC renewing The Killing for a third season?

No announcement has been made about the continuation of The Killing, a relatively slow-moving, nuanced drama about two detectives in Seattle trying to solve the case of a murdered young woman. It is an adaptation of a Danish TV show, Forbrydelsen (The Crime).

The final episode of the second season, which aired June 17, revealed the killer.

The premiere, on April 3, 2011, was accompanied by a buzz about a different kind of TV series, and more than 2.7 million people turned in. But the slow unfolding of events led to a deterioration of the audience, which fell by 50 percent through most of Season 2. The show also never gained the kind of critical acclaim of other AMC series Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

Mixed reviews and a dwindling audience are generally the formula for cancellation.

Mad Men and Breaking Bad are probably the most highly regarded AMC series, and their audiences have grown slowly but steadily. Mad Men now attracts more than 2 million viewers per episode, and Breaking Bad is just about at 2 million.

The Walking Dead is the highest-rated AMC series, pulling in nearly 9 million viewers in its most-watched second season episodes. Another series, Hell on Wheels, attracted 2 to 2.5 million per show in its first season.

Can appeals save 'Harry's Law'?

I read that NBC is going to cancel Harry's Law. The show is great. Where do we write to try to save the show?

Harry's Law, starring Kathy Bates, was canceled May 11 after two seasons. You can write NBC online at nbc.com/contact/general, select the show and send in your opinion. Or you can join a specific movement at facebook.com/SaveHarryNBC, or vote at savethatshow.com.

Cards not good for poker shows

For the longest time I watched Poker After Dark, which is now in reruns. I cannot find High Stakes Poker, which used to be shown on NBC. My questions: When can we see new Poker After Dark and will High Stakes Poker ever return?

Poker After Dark was canceled by NBC on Sept. 23. High Stakes Poker, which aired on GSM (Game Show Network on cable), is on hiatus with no announcement on its future. Typically, that's a signal of cancellation.

'Doc Martin' returning in 2013

I'm a big fan of Doc Martin. Can you tell me when the next season will begin?

The sixth and probably final series of the British show about a doctor in a small town will be filmed in the spring of 2013 and shown that fall.

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