AMC explores death in depth in Seattle-set ‘The Killing’
In today’s TV world, the most popular crime dramas have an extraordinarily high body count, racking up one or more victims an episode and then starting over the following week with more casualties and a new investigation.
Starting with a two-hour premiere Sunday on AMC, “The Killing” follows, over the course of 13 total hours (with each hour representing roughly one day), a single murder.
Not surprisingly, it’s based on a concept from a nation where murder is much less a part of the psyche and daily reality. “The Killing” is based course of a season.
Veena Sud (“Cold Case”), the writer and executive producer of the American version, says, “We live in a society that is incredibly violent, and much more violent than Denmark. Amber Alerts are the norm on the highway, and a missing child, a missing teenager in a major American city never makes the news.
“So the biggest challenge was to make us, as Americans, care about this young girl over a very long course of time.”
Mireille Enos (“Big Love”) stars as no-nonsense homicide detective Sarah Linden, who catches a case on her last day of work in Seattle (the show shoots in Vancouver, B.C.) before moving to California with her son (Liam James) and fiance (Callum Keith Rennie).
Rosie Larsen, a promising high-schooler from the wrong side of the tracks, has gone missing, and when she turns up dead, the evidence points to city council president Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell), a fast-rising politician with mayoral aspirations.
The news shatters the girl’s parents, Mitch and Stanley (Michelle Forbes, Brent Sexton), who still have younger sons to care for, and also shakes Rosie’s friend, Sterling Fitch (Kacey Rohl).
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Billy Campbell stars in “The Killing.”