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

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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

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  1. Why the heck cancel Longmire. It is a great show. Put it back on!

  2. NO!!!! This is what cbs (i think) did to one of the best series i have ever watched called FLASH FOWARD. But CBS killed it after only one season. that show was made by the guys who mads LOST. A&E Needs to reconsider. Longmire is an EXCELLENT broadcast.

  3. So, by this rubric, that means THE WALKING DEAD and HELL ON WHEELS will also get the axe because it isn’t reality TV that appeals to the dumbest elements of American society (such as DICK DYNASTY)?

    Typical out-of-touch corporate executive scum. Executives ruin everything and I mean EVERYTHING. What these morons are essentially saying is, “We will no longer listen to Neilson ratings or care about market share or our investors because a handful of us sociopaths want to do what WE wanna do and screw you all if you don’t like it.” Lord, I loathe executives.

  4. From what I understand the big shots are killing off Longmire because
    we, the older demographic, don’t buy enough consumer products. Ads are
    aimed at a younger audience. Who do they think funds our brats purchases
    of their beloved products? ? ?

    • We the older don’t need commercials. We already know what we need. They have to try to appeal to the young and stupid. We I would think don’t watch reality TV as there is no such thing. It is all staged but the young and stupid don’t realize that. If I see a car commercial I don’t go buy a new car. So we don’t mean much to the exec.

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