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From 'Doctor Who' to 'The Leftovers,' TV tries to regenerate the hero


The corrupt cop. The principled drug pusher. The avenging serial killer. The vengeful peacekeeper. The romantic vampire. The heartless doctor. Television has been rotten with ironic or immoral protagonists for most of the new century, though the drama they’ve produced has often been golden.

But a marketplace correction appears to be underway. Grinchy detective Sherlock grew a heart in his latest series of films. Arrow gave up the killer vigilante for role-model vigilante. The new Doctor Who regenerated into an older and wiser Time Lord and declared, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. It’s time I did something about it”—a line that also pretty much summarizes Don Draper’s arc during the first half of Mad Men’s final season, too. Sleepy Hollow—in which the dynamic duo of Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills sacrifice self-interest to save the world from America’s historical and supernatural demons—made chivalry and redemption sexy again. After the glut of rakes and wretches, narcissists and nihilists, there is ruefulness and rehumanization. An era of anti-heroes has surrendered—for the moment, at least—to atonement. READ FULL STORY

Linden and Holder face the morning after in 'The Killing' season 4 trailer

When The Killing wrapped its third season, Det. Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) put herself and her partner Holder (Joel Kinnaman) in a compromising, life-altering dilemma after she gunned down their bossnot to mention Linden’s former lover—Skinner, who just happened to be a serial killer.

At the opening of the series’ fourth and final season, the partners face the immediate aftermath of Linden’s impulsive decision. “I can only imagine it will be very hard on the relationship,” Enos told EW after the season-three finale. “There’s nothing more toxic than a secret. If they cover it up together and have this shared secret, I imagine it would drive a major wedge in their friendship.”

The first trailer for season four shows exactly thata harried, paranoid cover-up that destabilizes Linden and Holder even as they embark upon a new investigation involving the brutal murder of a family potentially committed by Cameron Stansbury, a student at a military academy headed up by Emmy-nominated actress Joan Allen. Naturally, questions about the innocence of the young cadet (Tyler Ross) force Linden to consider how her actions have shattered her own self-perception and robbed Skinner’s victims’ families of justice.

Cameron insists, “I’m not a monster!” But is Linden? Watch the trailer below. READ FULL STORY

Mireille Enos talks 'Killing' season 3 finale: 'I don't know what other choice Sarah would have made'

If last night’s two-hour season finale of The Killing put fans through the wringer, it shredded the very fabric of Detective Sarah Linden’s being. Mireille Enos, who’s garnered Emmy and Golden Globe nominations playing the stoic yet fragile Linden, had her work cut out for her as Linden was faced with a spirit-crushing revelation about the identity of the Pied Piper serial killer. By episode’s end, Linden was at a crossroads that surprised even Enos. Below, she discusses how she found her way into Linden’s mind during the tense episode.

SPOILER ALERT, Killing fans who haven’t caught up on DVR yet: Do not read any further!

Peter Sarsgaard on his 'Killing' character's end: 'I don't think he thought he deserved salvation'

In a bold move that shocked The Killing‘s fans, showrunner Veena Sud wrote the execution of strangely sympathetic death row inmate Ray Seward into last night’s penultimate episode, “Six Minutes.” Taking place three years after Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) was instrumental in convicting Seward, the Seattle police officer now believed she had the wrong man. Between fascinating conversations, they both hurtled through a taut 12 hours, trying to secure a stay of execution for Seward — even as unexpected evidence caused Linden to doubt her instincts seemingly by the minute.

Peter Sarsgaard, who’s delivered a string of consistently stunning performances this season as Seward, rode a razor’s edge during his character’s final episode. Between fits of rage, callous evasions, playful flirtations, even glimmers of uncontrollable joy, Sarsgaard delved so deeply into Seward’s emotional state that he literally blacked out at one point during filming. Below, the actor talks what surprised him most about Seward’s final day, tells the story behind his character’s meaty last words, and is somehow okay with getting called creepy in the grocery store because of the role. READ FULL STORY

'The Killing' producer on season 3: 'We're going to solve it at the end'


It still rains a lot. But everything else has changed in the damp and deadly world of AMC’s The Killing for season three. Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) has quit Seattle homicide and lost custody of her teenage son. Her ex-partner Det. Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) has a new suit, new partner and an improved outlook on life. And the central mystery that reunites them isn’t solving one murder, but numerous, as a serial killer has been quietly preying on homeless street kids.

Showrunner Veena Sud spoke to EW about the new season of the show, the fate of which had nearly as many twists as the run-up to solving Rosie Larson’s murder last season. The Killing was effectively canceled by AMC. The show’s studio, Fox Television Studios, shopped the series around to other outlets, including Netflix. Eventually AMC, the studio and Netflix reached an agreement to reboot the show (The Killing will first air on AMC, then will be made available on Netflix three months after the season finale airs).

“It felt like a miracle that were were able to come back,” Sud says. “I feel incredibly blessed that there were so many people behind us returning.”

Sud says the new season picks up a year and three months after the conclusion of season two. Linden has quit the force, is working on a ferry and has taken a 25-year-old lover. “[Linden and Holder] have not seen each other since that day that Sarah walked out of the car and walked down the street and out of her old life,” the writer-producer says. READ FULL STORY

'The Killing' season 3 poster: This time it's a serial killer -- EXCLUSIVE

Joe Carroll, Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates are about to get a new rival: The third season of AMC’s The Killing is set to introduce a serial killer villain. Below is the show’s official new marketing art that depicts one victim and 17 (and counting!) tally marks. But unlike some other more outlandish serial killer dramas, you can expect The Killing to have a more grounded and realistic take on the genre.

“We really wanted to reach out and grab people,” Linda Schupack, AMC’s Executive VP of Marketing. “We wanted the ad to be graphic and bold and stylish.The story is about a serial killer, but at the same time we also wanted to capture the humanity of the story — which I think sets it apart from other cop dramas. You really feel for the characters, particularly the victims.”

Though this is The Killing’s third season, the new case provides a creative reset that will make it easier for new viewers to tune in. The first two heavily serialized seasons were focused on solving one murder (the killing of Rosie Larsen). At the start of season three, Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) has quit Seattle homicide, but a case where somebody is preying on street kids will bring her back into the game. The case will be concluded at the end of this season (really … no really! They swear.).

Here’s the new art for The Killing, which returns to AMC on June 2. (Or perhaps this season the show should be called The Killings?). READ FULL STORY

'The Killing' casts Peter Sarsgaard for season 3

This is a big hire: The Killing has landed Peter Sarsgaard for the show’s third season.

Sarsgaard is an accomplished big-screen actor with roles in Shattered Glass, Jarhead, Knight and Day, Green Lantern and other films. This is his first regular TV gig.

He’ll play Tom Seward on the show, “a death row inmate for whom the clock is ticking down. A lifelong convict born into poverty and crime, Seward’s been in and out of the system for violent crimes since he was 10. Not ever wanting to appear weak, every interaction is a challenge, and one he must dominate.” READ FULL STORY

'The Killing' finale ratings down: Will AMC's thriller get a third season?


Let’s cut to the chase and not drag this out: Will The Killing get a third season?

Maybe not, if AMC is going by the ratings: Sunday’s second season finale delivered 1.4 million viewers during its premiere airing, a number that climbed to 1.9 million when you include its first encore airing. That’s down a rather surprising 22 percent from the show’s previous episode and down a much less surprising 39 percent from last season’s “fooled ya!” finale.

“I loved that show,” one talent rep just e-mailed about The Killing, “but I won’t be put through that again.” READ FULL STORY

'The Killing' killer: 'I just started to cry'

After an excruciatingly long wait, fans of AMC’s The Killing finally found out on Sunday who killed Rosie Larsen. Did the cast member who played the murderer know from day one that he/she was responsible for the teenager’s death?

But first, a spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched the second season finale and don’t want to know who the killer was, don’t go to the jump. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Joel Kinnaman talks breaking promises and acting crazy in 'The Killing'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19. 

Joel Kinnaman, The Killing
Best Supporting Actor contender
As The Killing‘s Det. Stephen Holder, Joel Kinnaman has been as high as the Space Needle and as low as the depths of the icy Atlantic, emotionally speaking. Despite a viewer-enraging bait-and-switch at the end of the first season, the AMC drama promises to solve the mystery of Rosie Larsen’s murder by the end of Sunday night’s finale. This final stretch “is the resolution,” promises Kinnaman. “All the threads are coming together.”

Holder — a recovering drug addict — has been through the ringer this year, starting with a near-rock-bottom exchange with his nephew Davie (Arien Boey) in this season’s third episode. For the smooth-talking, wisecracking Holder, it was an uncharacteristic moment of vulnerability. Watch the scene below, then find out what it meant to Holder and what it took for Kinnaman (who Ken Tucker says “frequently carried The Killing through its weaker episodes this season) to get him there as an actor. READ FULL STORY

'Bones,' 'Supernatural,' 'NCIS,' 'Game of Thrones': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Hey y’all. It’s a busy day here in the Spoiler Room, so I’ll take just a beat to say thanks for your questions this week. I hope you enjoy everything (and be sure to check out the special treat for 90210 fans on page 2).

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'The Killing' won't solve Rosie Larsen's murder until end of second season


Brace yourself, fans of The Killing: It may be some time before you learn who killed Rosie Larsen.

In the January issue of Written By, a profile of The Killing creator Veena Sud ends with the sobering message that Rosie’s killer won’t be revealed until the end of season two. Sud is quoted as saying “this is not a committee thing” — an obvious reference to the legions of fans who were angry that Sud and her writing staff offered no resolution to the crime in the series’ first Emmy-nominated year.

“I wanted to tell The Killing with the rhythm and tones of everyday life, the hesitations, and the silences, and the not-knowing-what-to-say,” Sud tells Louise Farr in the magazine. “The messiness and unstructured way of people who I think sometimes we aren’t encouraged to do in TV. We are encouraged to connect the dots with straight lines, and not take detours or go off in tangents that are messy and nonlinear.” READ FULL STORY

Basic cable shows: What's hot (and what's not)

We know what you’ve been thinking: Is Extreme Couponing a hit for TLC? Is anyone really watching American Restoration? Lucky for you, we’ve got the results from the second quarter, which will not only allow us to gauge the success of series that aired during the regular TV season (hi, The Killing!), but also take into consideration shows that began in June (welcome back to TV, Falling Skies‘ Noah Wyle). Averages are based on the premiere (or original) episodes only; no reruns go into the making of these stats. Enjoy after the jump (and no goofing on Khloe & Lamar). READ FULL STORY


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