HBO, Showtime, TNT, FX and now AMC have reversed the old days of Hollywood, when the movie theater ruled and TV was for those who couldn't hack it with the big boys. With terrific shows like The Wire, The Sopranos, Dexter, The Shield, Breaking Bad, True Blood and Mad Men, to name just a few, the new series prove that a story arc told over a long period of time with well-developed characters can made just as compelling as any Hollywood A-list movie.
AMC's 'The Killing' looks like the next one to hit cable TV in the US. It's a remake of a Scandinavian show called Forbrydelsen that became a hit in the UK and turned Sofie Gråbøl into a cult hero.
I just watched the two-hour premiere and I'm hooked. Brits like their police shows methodically done without act break shocks to lead us into commercials . Mirellie Enos (from Big Love) is the lead detective and brings a great presence to the role.
I love that AMC didn't cast a well-known actor to play the part. With Enos, we don't come into her character knowing what to expect and it makes the drama all the more engaging. I won't say much about the plot, but it's about the investigation into a murdered teenage girl in rainy Seattle with family and political implications.
I do know that's it's getting harder and harder to wait one week at a time before we get the next taste of a damn good show. I wish I could power cycle through the show on Instawatch, but without the ad dollars, it would never have been made.