A&E Cancels ‘Longmire’; Season 4 Still Possible Elsewhere

Published 3 months ago by

longmire A&E Cancels Longmire; Season 4 Still Possible Elsewhere

The A&E Network is perhaps best known for being the home of such reality fare as Storage Wars, Bad Ink and the hugely popular Duck Dynasty. However, over the last few years, the cable network’s scripted dramas – Those Who Kill, The Glades, Bates Motel and Longmire – have also managed to catch the attention of viewers.

Based on a Danish TV series, Those Who Kill only lasted ten episodes earlier this year before ending its run, while crime drama The Glades finished off its fourth season with a cliffhanger; it was then surprisingly canceled. Now it seems A&E has decided to swing the cancellation axe yet again.

According to Deadline, A&E has chosen not to renew its hit western Longmire for a season 4. Yet the news outlet does say Warner Horizon, the studio behind the series, will indeed be shopping it immediately to other networks. In a statement, A&E didn’t elaborate on their decision, simply stating:

“We would like to thank the phenomenal cast, crew and producers of ‘Longmire,’ along with our partners at Warner Horizon, for their tireless work on three seasons of quality dramatic storytelling. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.”

Katee Sackhoff in Riddick 570x320 A&E Cancels Longmire; Season 4 Still Possible Elsewhere

The news is particularly surprising because Longmire, starring Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff, is A&E’s most-watched drama series of all time, and only second in viewers for the network behind Duck Dynasty. The move can possibly be explained by the excuse that the cable network is trying to cut down on external spending, since both The Glades and Longmire come from outside studios, whereas new series The Returned hails from the new A+E Studios.

Yet it also seems like the A&E Network is really trying to downsize its scripted programming overall and return its focus to reality TV. In perhaps a very telling move, A&E’s head of scripted programming, Tana Nugent Jamieson, recently went over to A+E Studios as SVP. She’s now in charge of developing scripted programming for not just A&E, but also Lifetime, History and LMN.

So there’s no telling what will become of A&E, but at the very least with its strong cast and ratings, Longmire does have a chance of finding a home somewhere else.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest on Longmire.

Source: Deadline

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:
TAGS: longmire

546 Comments

Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.


If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it.

  1. Another decision by ignorant program directors who think they know what people want. Longmire was THE show we dare not miss that week. Yes we could DVR it but we HAD to watch. Great cast, good story line and the locations were great too. So Long A&E, it could have been great…………………

  2. How could you possibly think this was a good decision?! One of the most watched programs and you still chose to cancel it – unbelievable! Well there goes one more reason for me NOT to watch A & E. You certainly do not care what your viewers want!

  3. Shame on you, A&E, for canceling a great series. I am in the age group that you do not want to reach with your programing so I will not bother ordering any program packages with A&E in them. This is a great book series and the Longmire TV Series and actors are great. You messed up!! Way to Go!!

  4. Bad move cancelling Longmire! Just as is was a bad decision to cancel The Glades. A&E will lose all viewers. Hopefully Netflix will get the contract, and I will get rid of A&E for good!

  5. As a result of Longmire being dropped, I no longer watch any A&E programs. Nor will I purchase any products that were being advertised on the A&E network. You obviously had your reasons for dropping a top program, now I have mine for dropping your network.

  6. My husband and I and all of our “old” friends LOVE Longmire. It is original and fun and I personally love Longmire. I can’t believe A&E would take such a popular program off the air. The “older” generation watches more TV and buys more products than the 20-30 year olds. If A&E wants to air more reality TV then it will certainly lose my viewership along with a lot of other “old” folks who prefer quality programs over the ridiculous reality shows.

  7. I get about 200 channels and I look forward to watching very few. But one that I like is A&E so I can watch Longmire, But now you took that away from me. Why Why Why.