That’s why they call it Killing time…

July 30, 2011

What’s up, Blog Guy? You look annoyed.

Yeah, I hate being suckered. I see the programming chief for AMC now says the murder that was the central crime in his network’s Emmy-nominated series, “The Killing,” will be wrapped up in the SECOND season.

Wait. Didn’t that show just finish its first season? You mean they didn’t solve the crime?

Nope. Oh, they toyed with us and invited us to their Website to discuss who would be revealed, but then they hit us in the face with a big cream pie in the last two minutes of the season closer.

Even the AMC exec admits his network “should have managed expectations better.”

Much as I love watching morose and sullen characters set against a backdrop of rainy, rainy, rainy, rainy Seattle, I won’t be back next season.

But Blog Guy! Be reasonable! TV series have a long and proud tradition of season-ending cliffhangers? Is this any different?

Yes. It’s fine for a series that routinely resolves stuff on a weekly basis to create an artificial cliffhanger in the last episode. It’s part of the fun. But a series that is all about a single murder is expected to solve the crime in one season. It’s an unwritten law.

Besides, any group of police detectives that can’t solve one lousy murder in 12 weeks, with a finite list of suspects, is totally inept. If that’s what I want, I can just watch reruns of Barney Fife…

So what you’re doing here, Blog Guy, is…

Managing AMC’s expectations of me…

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Top: Scene from “The Killing.” AMC Photo

Right: Mirielle Enos, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. AMC Photo

Left: Actress Michelle Forbes, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. AMC Photo

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Well, BG, if that was the body they were looking at in the trunk, I sure hope they moved it. 12 weeks in Seattle and the body is likely to be covered with moss or wild blackberries.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Seattle is big on coffee. They knew something was wrong when the victim was late for his latte.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

What flavor cream pie????

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

@BG: “Killing time” – you slay me!

Is the rest of the gang out at summer camp today? Or are they actually sleeping in or sneaking over to Nosmo’s neighbor’s pool?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

I haven’t watched ‘The Killing’ but I am LOVING ‘Breaking Bad’. Somebody recommended it to my husband, so we ordered the previous seasons from Netflix.

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Yes Georgia, Breaking Bad is storytelling at its very, very best.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Georgia, I’m surprised you didn’t jump all over the Barny Fife reference. What’s up?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

@BG – who? I’m sorry, I don’t know what you mean ;)

ok, MAYBE I do. Enough to know that Barney always stumbled his way into a solution in 30 minutes. Except when Andy had to point out that there were no footprints for the cow. And when Andy had to point out that the stranger who knew too much about everybody in town wasn’t from the twilight zone. And any time Andy left Barney in charge.

ok, so Barney was a doofus. But he was a FUNNY doofus.

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

I was out LIVE people-watching in Cannes..
everytime a Rolls Royce or Lamborghini passed by (and there were quite a few) I went oh la la!

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