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Update: ‘Longmire’ rides once again

Wednesday update: Canceled TV lawman to return in 2015

Craggy Sheriff Walt Longmire isn't hanging up his guns just yet.

The series, set in Wyoming, was surprisingly canceled by A&E on Aug. 28. Netflix, an online streaming service, announced Wednesday that it had negotiated a deal for a fourth season. Dedicated fans campaigned mightily to save the show.

“They're not going to let him go quite that easy,” author Craig Johnson, who created the “Longmire” character through his popular novels and short stories, told the Tribune last week. He serves as executive creative consultant to the series.  

“Everything I hear is very positive about the show getting picked up if not by Netflix, by someone else,” Johnson had said.

Though the program and novels are set in a fictitious Wyoming county in the Big Horn Mountains, TV episodes were actually filmed in New Mexico.

Studio heads are looking at the New Mexico sets. “It certainly looks very promising,” Johnson had said.

"Very promising" turned to certainty on Wednesday afternoon, when Netflix officially announced it had ordered 10 new episodes of the series. They'll premiere sometime next year.

“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," said Netflix Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland in a statement. "We are thrilled to help continue Walt Longmire’'s story for his large and passionate following.”

Following the announcement, Johnson shared an old Mexican proverb on his Twitter page: "They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds."

"YeeHaw!" tweeted Lou Diamond Phillips, one of the show's stars. "I have to say, the pick-up from Netflix would not have happened if not for the amazing support from our fans!"

"Thanks to all the fans who wouldn't let us go without a fight!" added Katee Sackhoff, another star, in a tweet.

The program was aired on A&E for three seasons, the last of those ending on a cliffhanger. Then the network gave “Longmire” the boot, maddening millions of fans worldwide.

That sparked a social media “tidal wave,” Johnson said. “It’s amazing to see this happen.”

Longmire’s fans are the 50ish crowd. “Those are people that know what they like,” Johnson said.

When A&E announced they were giving “Longmire” the ax, the network’s ratings dropped. With 6 million viewers tuning in when “Longmire” was shown, it seemed foolish to cut the sheriff from the network herd, Johnson said.

“Longmire” is not perfect, but he is the man wearing the white hat, his creator said. He’s the good guy emblematic of old-fashioned Western values. Millions of TV fans gravitated to the fictional sheriff.

“He’s somebody to emulate,” Johnson said.

If “Longmire” returns, production would likely start this spring with episodes airing in the summer. If Netflix delivers the show to computers, each episode could run one hour or more, Johnson said.  

The sheriff’s posse deserves kudos for mobilizing via social media, he said. Johnson has helped promote that on his Facebook page and some members of the cast, including Robert Taylor, the Australian actor who plays “Longmire,” and Lou Diamond Phillips, who portrays “Henry Standing Bear,” have joined in an effort to keep the show alive.

“It’s just been extraordinary, absolutely extraordinary,” Johnson said.

28 comments

  • posted by Larry

    September 24, 2015 5:50 am

    Great show passed over it first couple of season decided to watch a episode one day got hooked on it...one of the best shows on tv they need to bring more shows like this back
    9 out of 10 stars
    Good job Guys
    Taylor A+++

  • posted by david standler

    March 25, 2015 2:39 pm

    Thank you Netflix.smart business move.you won't regret it.great story line.kudos to the writers they deserve a lot of credit.go get them vick

  • posted by Gary Hufford

    February 11, 2015 3:35 pm

    Matt Dillon/James Arness would feel pride knowing Gunsmoke has been reborn with Longmire

    Hope Longmire can have as long a run as they did

  • posted by skip millar

    January 31, 2015 6:27 am

    thank you Netflix this series was and is going to be the best investment you ever made. it is the way things should be. people with honor and purpose

  • posted by @forexpipszoom

    January 01, 2015 4:57 pm

    Best Show on Television. I'd pay extra to see it. Bring It One!

  • posted by Mother Harper

    November 19, 2014 7:34 pm

    Way to go!! I almost cried when I found out Longmire was not coming back last season. I am tired of suffering through the nonsensicle and insulting trash that seems to be constantly permeating our tv "entertainment" nowadays. Let's get back to some principles and conscience. I, myself, don't really want these shallow, so-called reality shows to be the only entities that shape the future tv viewing for me and mine. Come on, Longmire. Come back and kick their you-know-what's!

  • posted by Jennifer Goodrich

    November 19, 2014 5:07 pm

    As a native of Story, Wyoming, now living in the Hudson River Valley, I've been so grateful for Longmire! It's superb, and I'm particularly grateful for the complex portrayal of Wyoming life and its multi-dimensional characters.

  • posted by Carol Simmons

    November 19, 2014 3:25 pm

    I am so glad there is good chance Longmire will be back, I
    am
    afraid A&E has lost my attention,probably a lot us that are "too old to bother with"

  • posted by Michelle Roberts

    November 19, 2014 3:19 pm

    Longmire is one of if not THE best show on tv! It was a shock when it was cancelled especially after a cliff hanging ending on season 3's last episode! I hope Netflix picks it up and starts filming soon!!!!! just as long as some Network gets it going again!!!! I will watch it where ever I have to!!! #LongLiveLongmire!!!!!!! best cast,story lines and just everything about Longmire is awesome except for it being cancelled! #WeWantLongmire #Longmire4

  • posted by Marilyn Carpenter

    November 19, 2014 12:00 pm

    Thanks to Craig Allen Johnson, Adam Bartley, and the Longmire Posse for their unflagging efforts to find a new home for this outstanding show. This is a struggle the good guys gotta win! #LongLiveLongmire

  • posted by SourceCodeX

    November 19, 2014 10:41 am

    Friends of Longmire! Join Twitter and/or Facebook and search for #LongLiveLongmire and join the Longmire crusade to bring the show back. Sign the various online petitions to renew Longmire. Be proactive and write to other networks to get their attention of the 6 million strong fan base for the show. Find the Longmire Posse on Twitter and Facebook and make your voice heard. Thanks!

  • posted by Rebecca Jones

    November 19, 2014 9:33 am

    Looking forward to seeing season 4. Longmire posse is behind you all the way Craig Johnson!!! We are tired of all the "reality" shows & enjoy something with a well written storyline & good moral fabric!

  • posted by Jeanne Weinberger

    November 19, 2014 8:54 am

    Please join the Posse on Facebook and Twitter. We stampede each Monday to find a new network home for Longmire and we also ask that you sign our petition. #LongLiveLongmire
    petition: http://is.gd/kEp7jT

  • posted by john adams

    November 19, 2014 8:05 am

    Such programming is so sadly missing because of mindless "Reality shows". Give us a break!

    Long live Longmire!

  • posted by Val Rush

    November 19, 2014 7:52 am

    #LongLiveLongmire

  • posted by Debbie Hall

    November 19, 2014 6:42 am

    Way. It's the best show I've seen in years and A&E cancelled it for more cheap reality shows. It actually has a script and actors with morals and values and a great story line that portrays American Indian culture as it really is. I love it can you tell.

  • posted by Sandy

    November 19, 2014 5:03 am

    Don't forget "The Ferg" Adam Bartley for ALL his efforts. Amazing!

  • posted by Sarah

    November 18, 2014 10:18 pm

    #LongLiveLongmire

  • posted by Cathrine Glines

    November 18, 2014 9:32 pm

    Good news! One of the best shows on, great story lines, great cast, explores Native American culture, and so much more. VERY anxious for this program to return!

  • posted by Valli Herrington Saucer

    November 18, 2014 8:09 pm

    We miss the modern day version of the age-old western called "Gunsmoke" with the crafty, rugged and fair James Arness as Marshall Matt Dillon. Today, we have our new Gunsmoke and our new sherriff is WALT LONGMIRE!!!! In our multigenerational home LONGMIRE has been gone way too long and we miss him. Thanks to those who are fighting behind the scenes to bring him home again. #LongLiveLongmire family fans and friends

  • posted by Cheryl Clark

    November 18, 2014 5:59 pm

    #LongLiveLongmire. A wonderful show that celebrates the simple western lifestyle and the native american culture. The stories are great and the acting is heartfelt and riveting. Love this program. :)

  • posted by Denise Duke

    November 18, 2014 5:30 pm

    Join our campaign @LongmirePosse!

  • posted by Joy Walker

    November 18, 2014 5:16 pm

    #LongLiveLongmire

  • posted by Patricia Haddock

    November 18, 2014 3:35 pm

    Longmire is my favorite show. My grandchildren can watch it without being embarrassed and I can appreciate the characters and the story lines. Quality program which should never have been cancel led!

  • posted by steve cropper

    November 18, 2014 3:12 pm

    #LongLiveLongmire

  • posted by Marvin Shepherd

    November 18, 2014 3:07 pm

    Good article Powell Tribune. I'm glad the Wyoming press is reporting the Longmire story. Craig Johnson has not only created a great Wyoming story but it is a boon to the entire state...not to mention New Mexico as well.

  • posted by Lee Cromwell

    November 18, 2014 2:48 pm

    So hope it happens.

  • posted by Kathleen OMeal

    November 18, 2014 11:58 am

    So are you extraordinary MR CRAIG JOHNSON!

    Thankyou!

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