A & E Cancels Highest-Rated Drama ‘Longmire’

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
A & E Cancels Highest-Rated Drama ‘Longmire’
Katee Sackhoff speaking at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Riddick”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore

“Longmire” has officially been canceled by A & E after a three season run. The move to end the series has surprised some people as the show is A & E’s highest rating original series. Find out what happened in the news story below.

“Longmire” wrapped up its third and apparently final season in August. But the show, which has been grabbing an average of 3.7 million viewers a week and has built a strong following of fans who love Western dramas, was no longer renewed for a fourth season by cable network A & E. According to Deadline, the series is all but dead, however, as Warner Horizon, which produces “Longmire,” will be looking for a different network for its fourth season.

“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,” said A & E’s publicist in a statement published on Deadline and several news outlets.

Based on the novels written by Craig Johnson, “Longmire” focuses on the story of Walt Longmire, who is a sheriff in a Wyoming county. He returns to duty following the death of his wife. The crime drama series starred Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freedman and Lou Diamond Philips. The cancellation of the show has ignited reactions from its followers, especially since the third season ended without any resolution.

With the series out of A & E’s programming, the cable network has only two remaining original scripted shows in its roster: “Bates Motel,” which has been airing for two seasons, and the upcoming adaptation of the French mystery drama “The Returned.” The report from Deadline hints that the network is pushing for more unscripted originals instead, which may explain why “Longmire” was not renewed.

And that’s the word on “Longmire,” which has been canceled by A & E after three seasons. Will the show find a new home? Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) as we bring you updates about this and other television-related news stories.

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P