AMC gives series order to 'The Killing'

Crime drama to undergo name change before premiere

NEW YORK -- AMC has given the green light for its fifth original series, giving a full series order to a pilot formerly known as "The Killing" from writer and executive producer Veena Sud ("Cold Case").

Sud has signed on to also serve as the showrunner for the series, which is currently untitled.

It is set in Seattle and based on Danish TV series "Forbrydelsen." It tells the story of the murder of a young girl and the subsequent police investigation.

Production begins this fall in Vancouver with a premiere eyed for 2011. Season 1 consists of 13 one-hour episodes.

Produced by Fox Television Studios, it is executive produced by Mikkel Bondesen ("Burn Notice") for Fuse Entertainment. Fuse's Kristen Campo co-produces.

AMC announced the pilot order in January with Patty Jenkins ("Monster") directing.

AMC's originals-to-date are "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," recently-launched "Rubicon" and the upcoming "The Walking Dead."

"We are thrilled to be moving forward with this stunning piece of television," said Joel Stillerman, AMC's senior vp of original programming, production and digital content. "It is a crime drama, but it is also a gripping character based story that pulls you in and doesn't let go. The storytelling is completely compelling, and the show is visually breathtaking."
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