Could AMC Kill 'The Killing' Yet Again? - Scripted Cable Renew/Cancel Status Through December 15, 2012

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December 15th, 2012

No predictions, just statuses. If it's past the date below, click here to see if there are updates.

Last Updated December 21, 2012

As of this writing The Killing is still not officially resurrected for a third season despite any reports to the contrary that you may have read. But the production team had been mobilizing in preparation for an official pick-up from AMC. The one-word question that news generally elicited was: why?

The theory I saw posited by many that made the most sense to me was that even though AMC had picked up Hell On Wheels for a third season, when the muckity mucks on the production team quit, the show's future was in limbo. AMC needed something to fill that void in case things didn't move forward with Hell On Wheels, and that was The Killing.

But with a new showrunner on board, Hell On Wheels is no longer in limbo. It's pick-up of 10 episodes is officially official. What does that mean for The Killing? Is there a 'The Killing: Now More Canceled Than Ever!" post coming in the future?  If the theory outlined above was behind the talks of its revival, one might speculate the news about Hell On Wheels isn't good news for The Killing.

If a third season of The Killing is not to be, that news will certainly get out. But don't be surprised if there's no official statement from AMC. While in a somewhat rare move AMC did officially make a statement about cancelling The Killing, it hasn't officially commented on its revival yet.

Changes This Week:

Besides the update to Hell On Wheels, this week's other changes all involved TV Land shows -- The Soul Man and The Exes were renewed while Retired At 35 was canceled.

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Most of the shows on the list have statuses - if there isn't a status that just means there has been no announcement at the time of the most recent update (see date at top of post and/or above the table below).

If you find errors or omissions (excluding unscripted shows, kids shows or shows that have not aired yet) please note them in the comments and I'll update the table.

Notes:

  • Kids shows and Adult Swim shows are not on the list below
  • I've seen some squawking about shows on the list below that are owned/created by networks/studios outside of the United States. For purposes of this list, which focuses on U.S. cable networks, I'm only focused on where the shows air here in U.S.
  • Shows from overseas like Downton Abbey & Sherlock that air on PBS in the U.S. are not in the list below (PBS is not a cable network), though ITV has renewed Downton Abbey for a 4th season in the UK which will ultimately air in the states.
  • Despite some current inconsistencies in the table below, I do not intend to track episode orders or return dates specifically in this table at this time. The primary goal of the table is: what's been renewed, what's been canceled, and what shows fates haven't been decided yet.

Last Updated December 21, 2012
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Show Network Current / Last Season Status
Breakout Kings A&E 2 Canceled after 2nd season
Glades, The A&E 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Longmire A&E 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Baby Daddy ABCFAM 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Bunheads ABCFAM 1 Extended S1 continues in January
Jane by Design ABCFAM 1 Cancelled after 1st season
Lying Game, The ABCFAM 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Melissa & Joey ABCFAM 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Pretty Little Liars ABCFAM 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Secret Life of the American Teenager ABCFAM 5 Upcoming 2nd half of 5th season will be its last
Switched At Birth ABCFAM 1 Renewed for 20 episode 2nd season
Breaking Bad AMC 5 Ending after 5th season
Hell on Wheels AMC 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd season
Mad Men AMC 5 Renewed for a 6th season
The Killing AMC 2 Canceled after 2nd season; then reportedly uncancelled
The Walking Dead AMC 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Bedlam BBCA 2
Being Human BBCA 4 Renewed for a 6 Episode 5th Season
Copper BBCA 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Doctor Who BBCA 7 If you got into your TARDIS and went a mere year into the future, you'd see it's renewed
Luther BBCA 2 Renewed for 4 Episode 3rd Season
The Hour BBCA 2
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Game, The BET 5 Renewed for a 6th season
Let's Stay Together BET 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Reed Between The Lines BET 1 Renewed for a 2nd Season
Futurama CMDY 7 Second half of 26 episode S7 still to air in 2013
South Park CMDY 16 Renewed through 20th season (2016)
Workaholics CMDY 3 Renewed for 13 episode 4th & 5th Seasons
American Horror Story FX 2 Renewed for a 13 hour third season
Anger Management FX 1 Renewed for 90 additional episodes (100 total)
Archer FX 3 Renewed for a 4th season
It's Always Sunny... FX 8 Renewedfor a 9th season
Justified FX 3 Renewed for a 4th season
League, The FX 4 Renewed for a 13 episode 5th season
Louie FX 3 Renewed for a 4th season but will not return until 2014
Sons Of Anarchy FX 5 Renewed for a 6th season
Unsupervised FX 1 Cancelled according to Glenn Howerton
Wilfred FX 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
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Boardwalk Empire HBO 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Bored to Death HBO 3 Canceled after 3rd season
Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO 8 Unknown. "It's always up to Larry," says HBO
Eastbound & Down HBO 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Enlightened HBO 1 Renewed for 10 episode 2nd season
Game of Thrones HBO 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Girls HBO 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
How to Make it in America HBO 2 Canceled after 2nd season
Hung HBO 3 Canceled after 3rd season
Newsroom HBO 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Treme HBO 3 Renewed for 5 episode 4th and final season
True Blood HBO 5 Renewed for a 10 episode 6th season
Veep HBO 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Bullet in the Face IFC 1
Portlandia IFC 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Todd Margaret IFC 2 Ended after 2nd season
Army Wives LIFE 6 Renewed for a 13 episode 7th season
Client List, The LIFE 1 Renewed for a 15 episode 2nd season
Drop Dead Diva LIFE 4
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Hunted MAX 1 BBC One not moving forward with 2nd season, Cinemax is considering its options.
Strike Back MAX 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Awkward MTV 2 Renewed for 20 episode 3rd season
Beavis and Butt-Head MTV
The Inbetweeners MTV 1 canceled after 1st season
Teen Wolf MTV 2 Renewed for 24 episode 3rd season
Underemployed MTV 1
Californication SHO 5 Renewed for a 6th season
Dexter SHO 7 Renewed for an 8th (and presumed final) Season
Episodes SHO 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Homeland SHO 2 Renewed for 12 episode 3rd season
House of Lies SHO 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Nurse Jackie SHO 4 Renewed for a 5th season
Shameless SHO 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
The Big C SHO 3 Renewed for a 4th and final season
The Borgias SHO 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Web Therapy SHO 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Weeds SHO 8 Series concluded after 8th season
Alphas SYFY 2
Being Human SYFY 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Eureka SYFY 5 Canceled After 5th Season
Haven SYFY 3 Renewed for a 13 episode 4th season
Lost Girl SYFY 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Merlin SYFY 5 Ending after 5th season
Sanctuary SYFY 4 Cancelled after 4th season
Warehouse 13 SYFY 4 S4 expanded to 20 episodes (half have aired)
Boss STARZ 2 Canceled after 2nd season
Magic City STARZ 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Spartacus STARZ 3 Renewed for a 4th and final season
Cougar Town TBS 3 Renewed for a 15 episode 4th season
Men At Work TBS 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Sullivan & Son TBS 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Tyler Perrys: For Better Or Worse TBS 2 currently airing *35* episode 2nd season
Tyler Perrys: House of Payne TBS 8 concluded after 8th season
Wedding Band TBS 1
tvbythenumbers.com
Dallas TNT 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Falling Skies TNT 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Franklin & Bash TNT 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Leverage TNT 5 Canceled after 5th season
Major Crimes TNT 1 Renewed for a 15 episode 2nd season
Perception TNT 1 Renewed for a 13 episode 2nd season
Rizzoli & Isles TNT 3 Renewed for a 15 episode fourth season
Southland TNT 4 Renewed for 10 episode 5th season
The Closer TNT 7 Concluded after 7th season
Exes, The TVLAND 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd season
Happily Divorced TVLAND 2
Hot In Cleveland TVLAND 4
Retired At 35 TVLAND 2 Canceled after 2nd season
Soul Man, The TVLAND 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season.
tvbythenumbers.com
Burn Notice USA 6 renewed for a 13 episode 7th season
Common Law USA 1 canceled after 1st season
Covert Affairs USA 3 Renewed for a 16 episode fourth season
Fairly Legal USA 2 Canceled after 2nd season
In Plain Sight USA 5 Canceled After 5th Season
Necessary Roughness USA 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Political Animals USA 1 mini-series, USA says there won't be more
Psych USA 6 Renewed for an 8 episode 8th season, S7 premieres 2/27/13
Royal Pains USA 4 Renewed for 5th & 6th Seasons (26 episodes total)
Suits USA 2 Renewed for a 16 episode 3rd season
White Collar USA 4 Renewed for a 16 episode 5th season
Single Ladies VH1 2 Renewed for a 3rd season

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  • Brian

    Robert, what a great compilation. I love when you do these. I know you said you only do scripted shows here but I would love to see a list like this for shows on Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC, etc.

  • Cory

    I was happy that the Hell on Wheels drama got sorted out, and will be back watching it next summer. But if I had to pick one or the other, I would have chosen The Killing. I realize the show was creatively a mess, but the cast was so good, and there’s so much potential, where I feel a lot of Hell on Wheels’ potential died with a character in last season’s finale. Here’s hoping I can watch both though!

  • Gwen

    Love the Killing but come on,one way or the other give us a yes or no AMC please

  • SarahL

    @DeanW

    Likely hardball negotiations. No one knew the show was going to blow up. The producers and actors are going to want much bigger share of the profits. We will hear about renewal after they figure out the money.

  • Nick

    My predictions for the unknowns- (I’m not doing foreign imports or shows I don’t know the ratings of)

    The Walking Dead: I think you know
    Alphas: Likely Cancellation
    Leverage: Likely Renewal
    Hot in Cleveland: Certain Renewal
    Happily Divorced: Likely Renewal

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Brian: thanks. Though I know there are folks who’d appreciate it, I’m certain this list will never expand to unscripted shows. I couldn’t keep up with the unscripted fare just on the Discovery owned networks, let alone Bravo, Syfy, History, truTV, MTV etc.

  • bee

    The Killing is so awful, and the new AMC show “Low Winter Sun” sounds so promising. I hope they just ditch Killing and never look back again.

  • psychic

    Make up your minds. Kill it or don’t.

  • CC

    Please, don’t cancel again!!

  • Nick

    @Robert

    How about this: Put a disclaimer saying that the list doesn’t track unscripted shows, but that if you ask around in the comments, someone without anything better to do will probably find out for you. Ok?

  • reidjr

    Silvit

    True Blood will have 10 episode order in 2013 after that who knows.

  • Steve Richer

    First time poster here.

    The Killing was rather awesome *IF* watched on DVD, seeing the 2 seasons over the course of a week or two. It was slow but with this method it was like reading a good book.

    Since the two seasons resolved the case, as great as the cast was, I’d prefer they didn’t renew the show. Or if they do, they should commit to enough episodes to wrap things up.

    Yeah, I’m not bitter at all over 666PA and Last Resort… *eyeroll*

  • TN

    This list is actually great! Also, it’s not included here, but Brickleberry from CMDY is also renewed for a 2nd season 10 episodes.

  • huldu

    What could they possibly do with hell on wheels…

  • Jayme

    Huldu
    What do you mean?

  • lessaunce@yahoo.ca

    crazy.

  • gustavo

    Next season of Burn Notice could be the last?.I mean with only 13 episodes.

  • Karen

    What’s up with this 10 episode garbage?

    HBO, Showtime used to be 13 episodes then it went down to 12 and now a lot of them are 10? Watch 10 episodes and then wait 9 1/2 months for a new season.

    USA’s got it right show 6,7 episodes then take a break for a few months then another 6 or 7

    But hey, I guess it’s better than in the UK. Only 4 episodes of Luther? Ahhhh, I’ll take what I can get especially if they do a spin off for Alice!

  • Grimman

    Hell on Wheels>The Killing anyway!

  • Jim

    If I had a choice for a scripted cable TV series needing to be canned, it would be “South Park”. The show may be renewed through Season 20, but I should see it wrap up its run after Season 20. SP helped put Comedy Central on the map, and any program that helped put a cable channel on the map has to end its run sometime.

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