Here's a TV status report: all of your favorite cult series that deserved to live and thrive but got the axe? Still cancelled. Meanwhile The Killing, quite possibly the definition of cable drama mediocrity (at its best) has just been granted a second(!) random revival.

The first came after AMC originally canned it, when the show finally resolved Rosie Larsen's (who?) murder and few critics and remaining viewers cared. Six months later, to the excitement of no one, they reconsidered and the show relaunched with a new case (read our recaps here) and a season that ended up generally more well-received than the first two. Yet, it was cancelled again this past September. Now Netflix has inexplicably swooped in to grant the show a final season that very few people were clamoring for, with stars Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos, and creator Veena Sud all returning for a six-episode engagement.

Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, had this to say: "The rich, serialized storytelling in ‘The Killing’ thrives on Netflix, and we believe that it is only fitting to give Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder a proper send off. We are looking forward to offering fans - both existing and new - a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand viewing."

[via HitFix]