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. 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.

  13. I went online to find out why Longmire hadn’t started the new season and I find that the network execs , and not just A&E, have cintinued the dummying down of America with their moronic, insulting programs, and baseless decision-making. Only watched this channel for Longmire as they have been in the toilet with most of their other shows. Now it will never be onion my house. I hope they are seeing the comments!!!! For every comment you can bet a dozen people feel the same way!!!

  14. I hate that Longmire was cancelled, I so enjoyed it, was waiting patiently for new season. Surely someone else will pick it up.

  15. Love the show. I hope it finds a new home. One of the few shows that’s not filthy and you can watch with older children. Good luck “Longmire”.

  16. I can’t say anymore than what’s already been said. I’ve really been looking forward to the new season of Longmire and got on line to see when it was starting only to find out it had been cancelled!!!!!! I am SICK to death of Duck Dynasty and all this other reality crap!!! A&E won’t be on at my house any more either!!! This was my favorite show and to see what the network has chosen to air makes me sick. Goodbye A&E

  17. What a shame! Why are networks constantly cancelling the quality shows? Longmire is a great show as was The Glades. Reality TV is a waste of airtime in my opinion. I have heard from family and friends what a disappointment it is that these two shows have been cancelled. Perhaps acquiring feedback from your viewers prior to these decisions would be a new ‘reality’ you could try.

  18. A&E is not being smart. Canceling Longmire and Glades, they just lost 3 family houses viewing A&E. We are not into the very stupid reality shows that are really NOT.

    I guess we are done with A&E. We were just discussing when Longmire was coming back and decided to Google to look for it.

    We are hoping that another networks picks this up.

    From an EX A&E viewer and a very disappointed viewer.

  19. I finally realized how a&e are that dumb. for canceling Longmire. I ask myself how can people watch those reality tv shows why call them Reality are they for real or 100% script. I only have a high school education and plus some education, but I am not that stupid to watch so call reality shows.

  20. Are you kidding me??? This is ridiculous! Longmire has become like an old friend that I have looked forward to seeing every year and you cancel it??? I will follow that show wherever I have to go. I feel crushed and betrayed by A & E decision. You are making a huge mistake letting them go.

  21. I attempted to post a comment and get told it’s a duplicate? I can assure you I have not posted about this as I just found out. This is a huge mistake and I along with others feel betrayed. A & E is making a huge mistake. No one I know is not a fan of Longmire. Wow!!! How disappointing.

  22. I attempted to post a comment and get told it’s a duplicate? I can assure you I have not posted about this bfore, as I just found out. This is a huge mistake. No one I know is not a fan of Longmire. Wow!!! How disappointing.

  23. Why when I attempt to comment do I get told it’s a duplicate??? Don’t want to hear what the fans really think???

  24. Me da mucha tristeza q no volvieran a dar a LONGMIRE Y THE GLADES son buenas produccioones xq no se las venden a otras programadoras y q ellos las sigan dando, me parece q no respetan a los televidentes¡señores A&E.Ç

  25. There are no words to describe how completely stupid I think your decision to cancel Longmire compares to idiocy…..Longmire is the best show you have ever had on your otherwise crummy network!!!! These reality shows you tout, constantly, are nothing but trash…I don’t know what percentage of the TV Watching Population finds this crap entertaining, but our family is not included with them.We love the characters, the actors who portray them, the story line and the history of the real western world that makes up the Longmire Series. I do hope that some other network has the common sense to recognize quality when they see it, pick up this series and run with it. I guarantee they will gain a lot of new viewers, and this decision of yours has cost you a lot more than you can imagine, but you will learn that…… too late!!!!

  26. Absolutely the wrong decision in canceling Longmire. One of the best TV programs to watch. Great acting and the scripts were outstanding. Very disappointed in A&E. I thought A&E messed up with Glades and now Longmire. Doesn’t matter want watch A&E anymore. Reality TV, seriously. What a waste……………..