While once a rarity, it seems more and more now that shows of all types have a chance at being resurrected by outside networks when given up on by their original home, and one of the latest examples is A&E’s critically acclaimed Longmire. Produced by Warner Horizon Television, Longmire found new life thanks to fan support that convinced Netflix to pick up the show for a fourth season on the SVOD service.
For the uninitiated, Longmire centers on the life of “Walt Longmire, a dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit.” The series stars Robert Taylor as the title character, in addition to Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley.
To get fans excited for the home video release of season three, Warner Bros. has unveiled some all new clips and an infographic to check out [Click for full-size]:
While the series had fairly consistent ratings above 3.5 million in the overall audience tally, it was never really enough to warrant A&E to keep the series on the air when they owned no piece of the backend. It was popular with fans, but much of the show’s tracking came from off-network airings that A&E was getting no piece off, thus making the show a lost cause for them, despite its success in other areas. However, Netflix, a service that doesn't rely on the inconsistencies of Nielsen ratings to deem a show a success, sees potential in a show with a fan base as dedicated as Longmire’s and picked the series for season 4.
In addition, Warner Bros. is no slouch when it comes to the television game. Considering an already established relationship with Netflix for series such as Gotham, Arrow and Dallas, it makes sense that Netflix would want to keep the production company happy with a pick-up of Longmire if it meant more high profile super-hero and genre shows would be on the way at a later date. But, of course not every show gets this kind of treatment, and the vocal fan base of Longmire very much went a long way to it securing itself a fourth season outside of A&E.
Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is back for the third season of hit Big Sky crime drama LONGMIRE. In this gripping two-disc, 10-episode set, characters must test their courage and face challenges that will ultimately define them. The action-packed third season of this contemporary Western captivated fans across the country, averaging 5.6 million viewers per episode!* Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Longmire: The Complete Third Season on March 3, 2015 for $39.98.
Longmire returns to Netflix for its fourth season later this year.
Source: Warner Horizon Television