After some deep negotiations, Netflix has ridden in to rescue Longmire for a fourth season.
Following the abrupt cancelation of Longmire, no one was quite sure what was going to happen to the series. It was enjoying 5.3 million viewers per episode, but they were from outside the demographic that advertisers find desirable: 18 to 49. So despite it being the most watched series on A&E, the plug was pulled and fans were left high and dry.
Netflix has been a prime target for the series as the streaming service currently airs the first three seasons. Rumors circulated the two sides were negotiating, but nothing was said officially.
Apparently the only two actors assured to be returning are Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire) and Katee Sackhoff (Victoria ‘Vic’ Moretti). No other cast members have been guaranteed to return as of yet because season three ended in a cliffhanger, and rumor is there will be a major departure.
The fourth season of Longmire will be 10 episodes and will air sometime in 2015 on Netflix.
NETFLIX ORDERS FOURTH SEASON OF LONGMIRE
Rousing Western Thriller from Warner Horizon Television to Premiere Exclusively in US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Series To Return for 10 New Episodes in 2015
Beverly Hills, Calif., November 19, 2014– Netflix, the world?s leading Internet TV network, has ordered a fourth season of the hit drama Longmire, from Warner Horizon Television. Ten new episodes of the series will premiere exclusively in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
“When Warner Horizon Television came to us with the idea for a new season of Longmire, we were intrigued because the series is so unique, and consistently great. We are thrilled to help continue Walt Longmire?s story for his large and passionate following,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.
In a joint statement, the Longmire executive producers said: “We?re excited and honored to have the opportunity to bring this show that we love so much, and all its devoted fans, to Netflix.”
Season four of Longmire picks up moments after season three?s exciting finale. Walt Longmire (series star Robert Taylor), having found out who was behind the murder of his wife, succumbs to his darker impulses and takes off in pursuit of the killer with murder on his mind. Meanwhile, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), the deputy who Walt fired for erratic, violent behavior, believes he has already figured out who the real culprit is. But during his confrontation with this suspected killer, a gun goes off. Now the audience will finally learn what happened, and whether Walt can be stopped before he makes a fatal choice.
Longmire, the contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country, is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Australian actor Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, along with Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick), Lou Diamond Phillips (Southland, La Bamba), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and Adam Bartley (Justified).
Longmire is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television. Hunt Baldwin (The Closer, Trust Me), John Coveny (The Closer, Trust Me), Greer Shephard (The Closer, Major Crimes, Nip/Tuck) and Michael M. Robin (The Closer, Major Crimes, Nip/Tuck) serve as executive producers.