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.”

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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. oh please please replace longmire with a new reality tv show, the content is so good, how i love to watch the daily life of people …………i remember all i ever watched on tv was a&e, now it just a line on my tv guide…keep up the good work, someday you may find a following

  2. What a bad decision. Longmire was a great show. Glad Netflix picked it up all ready paid to subscribe. Reality TV is a joke. Number two watched program on your network and you cancel-good business decision to me? Seems I would be adding advertisers not running off viewers.

  3. It is pitiful that the Longmire series has been cancelled. It was an absorbing series in the same
    realm as Blue Bloods and other popular shows but not having sufficient billing to support it beyond
    the average viewer acclaim. The characters were well portrayed and the plots were of a
    continuance spillover of circumstances. I wish it would be picked up by a network. If the reader agrees, please forward your comment of support.

  4. Dear A&E ,
    Have y’all lost your senses?!!! How, just HOW can you EVEN think about canceling LONGMIRE? HOW?!!! There has not been a decent cowboy show on since Gunsmoke, you finally have a hit and you get a burr up your saddle and cancel. Come on network, you have the largest generation watching this show, the 50′s and 60′s generation who grew up on decent shows like this. You use very little profanity, no vulgar sex, no gore and you follow the book and make it come alive. Walt IS Walt! You chose the best actors to portray the books characters and they do an EMMY job.

    PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE, PLEASE don’t cancel this wonderful show. I am so sick and tired of “Reality Shows”, dumb shows, goofy shows, shoot-um-up only shows, and shows that appeal to a third grader. For once Longmire is a show you look forward too every week, get mad at the cliff hangers and talk about the episode the next day at work. If you cancel this show you will be making the greatest mistake of your career.

    Sorry for my show of anger, but I am so sick and tired of corporate only thinking about ratings and bottom line and not the pure enjoyment of entertainment and story line that so many love. So you don’t have a half a billion watching it, you don’t have a half a billion watching A&E either, BUT you do have the most important people watching A&E, US and we LOVE IT!!

    Gail Freeman
    936-520-6849 (Ok to call, I mean what I said about Longmire)

    • My my why would you cancel Longmire I was looking forward to the new season. Shame on you, you just messedup my day.

  5. Longmire not on
    A&e wont be on in our house

  6. TO The Big Dogs & A&E, How could you possibly cancel Longmire It Was The Best Show On TV With A Superb cast and the best writing of any drama series on TV.This Decision of yours Has Made Me Lose All Faith In A&E’s Decisions And What America Wants to Watch.Please Somebody Else Pick up Longmire and keep Americas #1 Show Going.

  7. If Longmire is is A&E’s most-watched drama series of all time, why wouldn’t they continue? Is there some sort of payoff to let another network watch it, as thousands of people may subscribe to netflix just to see Longmire. Sounds fishy.

  8. I don’t understand why you would cancel Longmire when it is such a top watched show. We looked forward to watching it every week. This is the last season of the show, why not show the finally after showing all the other 3 seasons. Why make the devoted watchers have to pay to watch the last episodes? When will it be on Netflix?


  9. I am so surprised that Longmire will not be returning. It was a wonderful show. So many bad series on that continue and a decent one gets cancelled. What is this world coming to. I guess it doesn’t interest the young people. Too bad!!!!!!!

  10. I would like to know why A&E canceled Longmire. I will no longer watch A&E, thank you

  11. I no longer watch A&E for any program. In fact, I intend to contact my cable company to see if it is possible to drop A&E altogether. If it’s part of a package, then I’ll drop that package.

  12. Canceling Longmire is a senseless decision by an incompetent individual. I am not sure
    how they expect to justify it when they lose advertisers and market shares for their
    decision. I have followed it from its inception on TV until season 3 ended. It was
    a bright spot for my wife and I and I will have to find something else to fill that time
    slot. I suspect that I will also find new products if this was an advertisers decision.