After its sudden cancelation by A&E, the crime drama Longmire is being renewed for a fourth season by Netflix.
According to the Washington Post, Longmire was canceled by A&E over the summer and that left many fans worried since the series ended on a cliffhanger. But some of the show’s actors assured fans that Longmire would return, since the cast’s contracts weren’t ending until February.
hey team: we’re all under contract until Feb! Theres plenty of time.
— Adam Bartley (@Adam_Bartley) October 11, 2014
— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) September 18, 2014
While a premiere date has not been confirmed, Netflix has ordered 10 new episodes of Longmire. Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice president of original content, made the announcement.
“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.”
Longmire was a ratings success for A&E, so the cancellation baffled its fans. But a Wall Street Journal report points out that the median age of viewers for the crime drama was 60, which is higher than the network’s overall median of 48. In addition, A&E didn’t have ownership of the show.
Dan Silberman, the network’s senior vice president, said the decision to cancel Longmire was mainly because the median age of its audience was different from other shows.
“We sell the shows to advertisers based on the demographics of 18-49 and 25-54, and the audience just wasn’t there.”
With the pickup by Netflix, Longmire will continue where it left off, according to a report from USA Today. Here is a description of what fans can expect.
“Season 4 of Longmire picks up moments after Season 3’s exciting finale. Walt Longmire, 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 is just one of many shows that has been rescued by Netflix. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, AMC canceled The Killing twice before Netflix picked it up for its final season.
Are you excited about the return of Longmire?
[Image credit: Warner Horizon Television via Seriable]