Netflix has rode to the rescue of the contemporary Western series Longmire. It has now been announced that the video streaming service will carry the show, the fate of which was in limbo for several months. Set in present-day Wyoming, the TV series ran for three seasons on A&E until a surprise cancellation by the network this past August. Longmire averaged 5.6 million viewers per episode in its most recent season.
A strong ensemble cast is led by Robert Taylor, who plays Sheriff Walt Longmire, and the show has explored both contemporary life in the American West as well as range of current issues such as fracking, Indigenous rights, survivalist culture, and animal rights. The series is drawn from the original novels of Wyoming resident and former law enforcement officer Craig Johnson. The lead cast includes Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase, Adam Bartley, and Cassidy Freeman.
Netflix has ordered 10 new episodes for a Season 4 debut of Longmire in 2015. It is worth noting that since the initial news of cancellation by A&E, that fans of the series led a strong and continual social media campaign to have the show picked up and renewed. Production for Season 4 is expected to begin in March.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)