Nowadays, just because a network cancels a series, that doesn’t mean the show’s run is over and done with – western crime/drama Longmire being the latest example. The show was axed by A&E back in August, but has since been eyed for a pickup by such streaming outlets as Netflix and Amazon. Those aren’t the only parties interested in airing Longmire season 4 either, according to the latest reports on the matter.
Longmire, created by Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny (based on Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire Mysteries novels), earned a very loyal following and was A&E’s most-viewed drama series during its three seasons run on the network. However, it’s believed that A&E Network not owning all rights to the Longmire TV show (seeing as Warner Horizon Television holds the licensing fees) contributed to the former’s decision to cancel the series, despite its critical and ratings success.
Lou Diamond Phillips, who plays Henry Standing Bear on the Longmire series, has been keeping the faith alive for the show’s fourth season on Twitter, by promoting the hashtags #moreLongmire and #LongLiveLongmire. Indeed, as recently as Sunday, Phillips welcomes his new Twitter followers and teased that a pickup announcement (or some other good news) could be right around the corner for the show.
As noted by Enstarz, the Longmire producers need to find the show a new home by the end of the year. The series’ ensemble cast, which also includes Robert Taylor (as Sheriff Walt Longmire), Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman, and Battlestar Galactica fan-favorite alum Katee Sackhoff, are contracted on through to 2015. That being the case, there is still time for the interested parties – which also include the cable networks TNT and USA – to reach a deal to acquire season 4 (which would then likely air during the second half of 2015).
USA has long been a network that specializes in TV series aimed at an older viewer demographic, but with certain past hits done (Burn Notice) and others about to reach their conclusion (White Collar), it makes sense for the network to consider picking up a “replacement” in Longmire. The latter also comes with a built-in audience, making it a safer bet than a freshman series (in a certain respect, anyway).
Meanwhile, TNT recently canceled its soap opera Dallas and will bid farewell to the sci-fi action/drama Falling Skies next year, so the latter network (which appeals to a crowd that resembles USA’s) would, logically, likewise find Longmire season 4 to be an intriguing possibility. That said, we shouldn’t count out an option such as Netflix yet either, as the latter could still wind up walking away with the western crime saga (see: when it picked up The Killing season 4).
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