“Longmire” (A&E) was cancelled by the cable network on this day Thursday Aug. 28, 2014. It was the highest rated, scripted drama on that network for three TV seasons. The modern western was adapted from the popular mystery novels written by Craig Johnson. When “Longmire” premiered back in 2012. It made history by bringing in record TV ratings for A&E. The second TV season jumped up even higher with 6 million TV viewers overall. The third TV season dipped down with 4.0 million TV viewers overall.
A&E does not own “Longmire” & it looks like they are sticking with reality TV for their bread & butter. A&E didn't own “The Glades” either & cancelled it after four successful TV seasons. Warner Horizen owns & produces “Longmire.” They announced that the western will be shopped around to other networks for a possible fourth TV season.
A&E gave this statement after the cancellation, “We would like to thank the phenomenal cast, crew and producers of 'Longmire' - along with our partners at Warner Horizon - for their tireless work on three seasons of quality dramatic storytelling. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.”
“Longmire” starred, Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire), Katee Sackhoff (Victoria “Vic” Moretti), Lou Diamond Phillips (Henry Standing Bear), Bailey Chase (Branch Connally), Cassidy Freeman (Cady Longmire) & Adam Bartley (The Ferg).
After the cancellation hit the internet. TV fans of “Longmire” were outraged & that included Native Americans. The TV western was set in Absaroka, Wyoming, but was filmed entirely in New Mexico. Absaroka county was near an Indian Reservation & Walt Longmire plus his sheriff's office interacted with natives practically each week. Walt's best friend is Henry Standing Bear & their lives touched on the native existence & spirituality.
If the TV show is not picked up by any other network. The TV audience has been left with a cliffhanger that will never be answered. The big questions were -- Would Walt & his female deputy named Vic finally have a love relationship? Who was shot while skeet shooting? Was it Branch or his father Barlow? Could Walt have killed Jacob Nighthorse for paying David Ridges to pay Miller Beck to murder his wife Martha? All good questions. Let's hope that a network picks up the popular show so we can find answers to those burning questions.