Will AMC’s ‘The Killing’ Murder the Ratings?

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Tonight is a big night for AMC. With the announcement of Mad Men being delayed until 2012, the cable network has to keep viewers interested in the channel at least until The Walking Dead returns in October. The show they’re betting on for this spring and summer is a new crime serial named ‘The Killing’. Will it be as big as The Walking Dead? I doubt it, but it could keep AMC in the top 20 for the time being. The show revolves around the murder of a young woman named Rosie Larsen, and the twists and turns that come in the case. Critics are in love with the show, but they’re telling viewers to be patient, which could be a big problem.

If you remember a couple of months ago, the last time critics loved a slow-moving show, it got disastrous ratings, and was eventually cancelled. The show I’m talking about is ‘Rubicon’, which also aired on AMC. ‘The Killing’ is different though. It is much more understandable than ‘Rubicon’. When I saw the Pilot, I was so confused by the end of the episode, that I had no choice but to quit on the show right then and there. Even before I saw the show, the plot didn’t seem too interesting. A man trying to solve a conspiracy in the murder of his mentor (yawn), and he wasn’t even a cop. Also, the show seemed to be quiet the entire time, and had the weirdest of dialogue. In ‘The Killing”, there are multiple detectives and it looks promising in suspense and emotion that the detectives have in the case. From what I’ve read and seen, the show looks very promising.

As I’ve mentioned before, the show has received incredible reviews. Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly says that “some viewers may find The Killing a little too cold and deliberate, but give it time. Its intensity builds steadily, giving the series unexpected power. Linda Stasi from The New York Post says that ‘The Killing is “Dead on” And a “bleak, slow-moving, humorless show that is still so good that you will be angry every time an episode ends.” Paige Wiser of the Chicago-Sun Time says that AMC “clearly knows what’s good for us,” and Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter wrote an absolute glowing review of the show, saying this, “The series is excellent, absorbing and addictive. When each episode ends, you long for the next — a hallmark of great dramas.”

Make sure you watch tonight’s 2-hour premiere of ‘The Killing’ starting at 9 P.M. on AMC.

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