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The Show That Refused To Die: The Rise and Fall Of AMC’s The Killing

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  • Kim Akass
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-754
Number of pages12
JournalContinuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
Early online date1 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2015


The Show That Refused to Die: The Rise and Fall of AMC’s ‘The Killing’ interrogates the impact of digitalisation on the modern global television industry. Discussing one case study series, the adaptation of Danish crime series, Forbrydelsen (Danmarks Radio (DR), Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK)/Sveriges Television (SVT)/ZDF Enterprises[(2009-2012]/Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
(ZDF), to the USA’s The Killing (KMF Films/Fuse Entertainment/Fox Television Studios/The Killing Production [2011-14]) this article examines the complex narrative of cable television’s incursion in the US TV landscape with particular attention to the practices of cable channels HBO, AMC and streaming service, Netflix. With a tight focus on the representation of motherhood, read through maternal workplace legislation, this article contends that the series adaptation exposes hotly debated notions of ‘ideal’ maternity and how they inform attitudes towards those deemed ‘unfit’ for the role. The narrative hostility towards motherhood in The Killing, was notably absent from, Forbrydelsen, and exposes how precarious the adaptation market can be once cultural attitudes towards maternity and maternal rights are laid bare.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Continuun: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies on 1 September 2015, availalble online at To view correction statement, see Corrigendum

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