WASHINGTON, November 5, 2014 – Fans of former A&E hit drama “Longmire”—unceremoniously canceled by the network largely due to its “old people” demographic and lack of in-house production—may be on the verge of getting some good news. Sheriff Longmire himself, aka actor Robert Taylor, just put out a YouTube video that, while short on specifics, indicates cautious optimism for a Season 4, perhaps airing some time in 2015. Says Taylor, “Hey posse. Things are getting real close.”
It’s interesting to note in the video that Taylor seems to be somewhere on- or near-location, given the background scenery and the “Santa Fe” tee shirt he’s wearing. New Mexico’s colorful state capital and its environs, of course, are where much of “Longmire” is filmed, even though the detective saga takes place somewhere in the wilds of Wyoming. The wildly beautiful mountains north and west of Santa Fe are close enough. Are they already that close to beginning filming of the next series? It’s hard to tell, but events seem to be moving Season 4 of “Longmire” tantalizingly close to reality.
Along with their fans, “Longmire” cast members—particularly the relentless Lou Diamond Phillips—have been working hard behind the scenes with series producers to secure another venue. They may be getting close. Adam Bartley (“Ferg” in the series) has also been tweeting up a storm @Adam_Bartley. Bartley’s tweets back up what Taylor hints at in his video.
Likely suspects for picking up “Longmire” still include Amazon, Netflix, TNT, and the USA network, the later of which is attempting to reestablish its track record in scripted series.
We don’t make a habit of proselytizing for TV series here. But we confess to being fans as well. We’re also impressed by the constant work of this cast to find the series another home. True, that means another season of work for them in a profession where steady work can sometimes be hard to come by. But in interviews, missives, and videos, this cast seems uncommonly dedicated to “Longmire’s” characters, story arcs, and unusual personal angles. Their dedication deserves to be taken seriously as does the crusade of this series’ dedicated fans, many of whom are finding it increasingly tough to find serious, adult drama on either network or cable TV, a vast, overpriced wasteland that currently favors “reality” garbage (and its low production costs) over serious, well written, well-acted programs.
It’s worth noting as well that “Longmire” has also provided some of the most interesting and challenging treatment we’ve yet seen of life on an American Indian “rez,” and Native Americans’ prickly intersection with outsiders who many of them viscerally mistrust—and with good reason. It’s something a great many Americans aren’t really aware of. U.S. Indian reservations are in many respects countries within a country. “Longmire’s” rare glimpse into this extraordinarily neglected side of American life is unique on television, and it’s another big part of this series’ appeal.
“Longmire” fans looking to contact its stars or get involved with the “Save Longmire” campaign might try working through the following list of hashtags and contact addresses provided in Adam Bartley’s recent Twitter blasts: