AMC ex­plores death in depth in Seat­tle-set ‘The Killing’

TV Week - - FRONT PAGE - BY KATE O’HARE

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.”

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