'The Killing' Renewed for Second Season

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With AMC's "Breaking Bad" ineligible because of its late-July debut, there's room for another drama -- HBO's "Boardwalk Empire?" AMC's "The Killing?" NBC's "Parenthood?" Showtime's "Shameless?" -- to break "Mad Men's" (AMC) three-year win streak.

AMC has ordered a second season of its serial drama The Killing.

The drama, starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as homicide detectives investigating the murder of a teenage girl, premiered to 2.7 million viewers April 3 and is averaging 2.2 million viewers so far this season.

Created by Cold Case's Veena Sud, AMC has ordered 13 episodes of the hourlong drama from Fox Television Studios. Mikkel Bondesen (Burn Notice) executive produces for Fuse Entertainment.

The Killing is AMC's second-highest-rated first-season drama after The Walking Dead, which stands as the top-rated (in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic) first-season drama in history.

"Veena and her writers, cast and crew; FTVS; and Fuse have shown us how much room there is to elevate the crime drama with this series," said Joel Stillerman, AMC senior vp original programming, production and digital content. "The suspence of the investigation in each episode, and the emotional intensity of the characters over the season give this show a visceral quality that makes for incredibly powerful television. A lot of loyal fans made a huge investment in this show this season, and we are thrilled to be able to bring it back next season for all involved."

FTVS topper David Madden noted that Sud will return as showrunner for the drama's second season.

"It is a privilege for us to have the chance to produce more episodes, especially for a network as shrewd and tasteful as AMC," he said in a statement. "May The Killing never stop."

Madden told THR in April that The Killing was a risk when it launched.

"The Killing is as risky in its form as 24 was when it launched. We'll take a season to tell a very careful, deliberate, twisting/turning mystery that is almost more novelistic in its approach," he said.

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