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'The Killing' near deal for surprise third season

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The Killing is alive.

AMC’s drippy glum murder drama is in talks to return for a third season.

The basic cable network declined to renew the show earlier this year after ratings went on a downward spiral in the show’s second season. But it’s looking like the crime drama might get back on the air thanks to a new agreement between producers Fox Television Studios, AMC and Netflix.

The second season solved the show’s central mystery of who killed Rosie Larson. According to Deadline, showrunner Veena Sud is still attached and pitched a third season premise that was well received. Stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman are still on board too. If a deal is struck, The Killing would first window on AMC and then move over to the streaming service. AMC declined comment.