LOS ANGELES — The third time was not the charm for “The Killing.”
The moody AMC detective drama, which returned for a third season after being canceled by the network, has been canceled again, ending the hopes for a fourth season.
“We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of 'The Killing,'” said a statement from the network. “We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched.”
The announcement indicates that the curtain has fallen for good on the drama, which has been plagued since the end of its at first critically acclaimed initial season by declining ratings and a mutiny by once-supportive critics and fans when its central mystery — the grisly murder of young Rosie Larsen — was left unsolved until Season 2.
AMC canceled the show at the end of the second season, but it was resurrected by network officials who remained passionate about the series.
A third season was launched in June by Sud, featuring the two original leads, Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, who played ill-matched homicide investigators.
AMC's statement did not indicate the reason behind the cancellation.