Printers Row Publishing Group:

Blog

Patti Smith Really, Really Loves ‘The Killing’

August 5, 2014

The acclaimed drama is back, and nobody is more excited than the punk legend.

Patti Smith The KillingBeginning with last year’s much-heralded pickup and streaming of a new season of the comedy Arrested Development, online entertainment service Netflix has gotten into the business of reviving critically-acclaimed but little-watched—and cancelled—TV series. At the beginning of August, Netflix debuted season 4 of The Killing. A shortened season of only six episodes, the show maintained its cast, crew, and tone, despite the change of venue.

The Killing debuted to moderately high ratings in 2011 on AMC, promising to solve one murder over the course of its season. Instead, it ended the season on a cliffhanger. While the case was wrapped up at the end of season 2, more than half of The Killing’s viewers had abandoned the show and AMC shortly did thereafter, too. In early 2013, however, they had a change of heart, and gave the show a surprising one-season renewal. (It didn’t hurt that series leads Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman had been cast in blockbusters such as World War Z and the remake of RoboCop, respectively.)

But once again, The Killing frustrated viewers—season 3 ended on an incredibly dramatic twist ending and cliffhanger (we aren’t going to give it away) that left a lot of the future of Detective Sarah Linden (Enos) in doubt, if not jeopardy. And AMC didn’t renew the show, which meant it looked like the show would never resolve itself.

Perhaps the most frustrated Killing fan was Patti Smith—the iconic New York music legend, poet, and songwriter who recorded the classic 1975 album Horses and wrote the Bruce Springsteen classic “Because the Night.” According to series creator Veena Sud, Smith was so distraught that she wrote multiple short stories about Linden to resolve the story in various ways, if only to make herself feel better. (Yes, Patti Smith wrote TV character “fan fiction.”)

Smith’s devotion was rewarded. In late 2013, Netflix picked up The Killing for a final season…in which Smith appears in a cameo role, barely recognizable as a doctor in a hospital.

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Pinterest
Follow by Email
RSS

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of
visitme2013
Guest

Patti Smith did not write Because The Night. Springsteen did.

Poo
Guest
Poo

She didn’t write Because the Night, Springsteen did. She sang it.

Dianne Mcalister
Guest

Patti, how fun for you!

geronimo
Guest
geronimo

the credits of “Because the Night” read “Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Because_the_Night

ggallin4evr
Guest

Springsteen didn’t write Patti Smith. Because The Night did.

Linda arnone
Guest
Linda arnone

Love “The Killing”……Love the twists……Love Patti! Too Cool

Chuck Hultquist
Guest

Good show for binge watching.

B. Blah
Guest

Springsteen wrote the music, and Smith wrote the lyrics. And not together. She told the story during a concert.

Zelky
Guest
Zelky

I recognised her straight away!

Subscribe to our Mailing List