January 15, 2012

"The Killing" will return Sunday April 1

Or at least offer you more to fume about: AMC's "The Killing" will return Sunday, April 1, with a two-hour season premiere, one of last year's most divisive cliffhangers is about to get a resolution. The announcement was one of several from the network Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

"Breaking Bad" will return for its fifth season in the third quarter of this year, and that the third season of "The Walking Dead" will be 16 episodes, rather than the 13 episodes for the current, second season, according to AMC. "The Killing" return date will seem appropriate to viewers who felt fooled by the first season's finale. It seemed to solve the season-long mystery of who killed Rosie Larsen, then suddenly threw viewers a final twist that made us question everything we had seen before.

It won't answer the big one: AMC also said Saturday that Larsen's killer won't be revealed until the second season finale, while the premiere will address some lingering questions. "The Killing" Season 2 premiere will air at 8 p.m., with future episodes airing at 9 p.m.

It will be the first two-hour premiere for the show, the network also confirmed that "Mad Men" will return Sunday, March 25, at 9 p.m. -- with another two-hour premiere.

During an interview with the "Doug Loves Movies" podcast, Star Jon Hamm previously announced the date . The show will return to its normal 10 p.m. timeslot after the season premiere. The network also confirmed the Feb. 12 debut date for Kevin Smith's new unscripted series "Comic Book Men." After "The Walking Dead" returns at 9 for the second half of its second season, it will premiere at 10 p.m.

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