The Killing is an American crime drama television series based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen (literally The Crime), translated as The Killing in its English language distribution. The American version was developed by Veena Sud and produced by Fox Television Studios and Fuse Entertainment. The series' first season, consisting of 13 hour-long episodes, premiered on the cable channel AMC on April 3, 2011, with a two-hour premiere. On June 13, 2011, AMC ordered a second season that contained 13 episodes, which debuted on April 1, 2012, with a two-hour premiere. AMC announced on July 27, 2012, that the series would not be renewed for a third season. However, on January 15, 2013, AMC and Fox Television Studios announced that the series had been renewed for a 12-episode third season. The third season premiered on June 2, 2013, with a two-hour episode.