A&E Network’s most successful show ever was “Longmire,” a cop drama set in contemporary Wyoming and featuring the battered but noble cowboy sheriff Walt Longmire.
Most. Successful. Show. Ever.
So, what do The Suits do? They cancel it.
Why? Because it appeals to old farts like thee and me — not the coveted youth demographic that apparently spends its money like water falls on the things that are advertised on A&E. (Really?)
A legion of pissed off old farts petitioned to save the show, which didn’t move A&E any — but it did move Netflix. The streaming service picked up a 10-ep. Season 4 of “Longmire,” which drops on September 10. As with all Netflix shows, the whole thing is available at once, so a binge-watching session is in order.
My brother John, who is an older fart than I, will be happy. Except that he’ll have to get Netflix (it’s worth it hermano).
It sounds like the move to Netflix is a good one creatively as well as business-wise. From Deadline (mild spoilers):
Season 4 promptly picks up with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), the sheriff of Absaroka County, WY, learning who killed his wife and setting out to avenge her death. In addition, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), the deputy who Walt fired for being a loose cannon, has his own theories.
Added (executive producer Greer ) Shephard, “Season 4 is about second chances. Who you are as a person is defined by how you handle the second chance. Netflix has incorporated that theme in their campaign. There are a lot of ways in which people can rebuild themselves after devastating experiences. We explore that theme throughout each of our characters. Now that Walt knows the murderer of his wife, how does he go on? With Henry, he has a new-found freedom, what does he do with it?”
In addition Shephard revealed that Season 4 will deal with “issues facing Native Americans on their reservations. There are horrific loopholes with their tribal police and courts where they can’t prosecute non-natives that commit crimes on the nation.” This will impact Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) and Walt. One of the big story notes that Netflix gave the Longmire team: Feel free to be more cinematic; don’t make it like TV.
“Longmire” is based upon the crime novels of Craig Johnson. I’ve read a couple — I think my bro has read ’em all. Johnson has been here in Sisters a couple of times for readings at our local indie book store and he is a “right kinda feller” in every way.