That’s why they call it Killing time…
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.
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…
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