‘Longmire’ said to be getting ‘real close’ to Season 4

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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.

READ ALSO: Canceled by A&E, “Longmire” still looking for new home.

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:

‪#LongLiveLongmire ‪#MoreLongmire@mamalou8 @LouDPhillips @cassidyfreeman @LongmirePosse @JHuntBaldwin @JohnCoveny @ucrosspop25 @Bailey_Chase

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Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17
  • Gizmo

    I highly hope there will be a season 4!

    • John Firth

      Same. I hardly count as their supposed old people demographic, but I’m in the UK anyway, so I don’t count. It’s a damn fine show, well written (almost serial-like, even across seasons) and well acted. Beggars belief that it got cancelled despite doing well.

      • Terry

        Sure you count, John! I figure I count, even given my addiction to “Midsomer Murders!” So why shouldn’t you? In today’s entertainment world, at least in the U.S., even the best material often can’t survive unless it makes buckets of money for its already wealthy producers. Maybe “Longmire’s” fans can change that algorithm for this unusual and worthwhile series.

        • phoebequeen

          Love me some Misomer Murders and lots of other British shows too.


    Great article!

  • Mivk

    I happen to be 21 and I love this show

  • Sackoff fix needed

    Democrats were behind the cancelation and look what that got them.

    • Amadaun


  • Karen Knapp

    I hope so ….I have been checking every day. My husband and I just discovered this show this fall and have watched the first two seasons and will buy season 3….and wildly hoping for a fourth season also!

  • Mike Marder

    Older demographics? The over 50 crowd has time to watch tv, and money to burn. The under 50 crowd is busy building careers family. The boomers rule, and its demographic makes the current obsession with younger folks obsolete since about 1996.

    Hope nflx picks this up and the demo issue is put to rest, we’ll never change the minds of the fools in charge

    • Terry

      Agree, Mike, mentioned that in my last piece concerning this ongoing odyssey that never should have happened. For better or worse, the 50-somethings currently have the most spendable income. Plus, in general, they’re fitter, living longer, and consuming more stuff. The current demographic nonsense is indeed for the birds. I join you in hoping someone in TV land is sane-enough to pick up this moneymaker which indeed does seem to appeal to all demographics.

  • Alena

    Really hoping we get a 4th season! I was freaking out over how it ended last season!

  • Jamie Chastain

    Good show, but it varies a great deal from the books.

  • EzRyder

    I’ve been a Longmire viewer since season 1. One of the very best shows to be found on any TV channel in my opinion. Just looked at my online banking statement before I found this topic, I’m 70, but don’t anybody dare say my age group has no money to spend! Believe me, my bank statement says otherwise! Haha! Pulling hard for a return and continuation of the Longmire series!!

  • The Longmire books by Craig Johnson are the source of the characters that both the cast and The Posse have fallen in love with. Mr. Johnson has continued the American Indian arc that was nurtured by Tony Hillerman. It is a reality that really needs air time. Longmire, the series, offers a look that the rest of us Americans need to see.

  • Janinthebx

    Old people demographics??? WTF? I’m not old and Longmire is one of many types of shows that I watch and happen to like. I get to see how another group of people live outside of my normal. I thought we were supposed to be getting more global and worldly? A&E made a mistake cancelling the show but I’m sure it will be picked up elsewhere.

  • Cbro

    One of the best shows on modern TV. A&E was stupid to let it get away. Just about the only program they had worth watching. I will follow it where ever it goes. Justified, Hell on Wheels, Longmire, Blue Bloods. Best on the tube.

  • Razorgirl53

    Longmire is a well-written and well-acted drama. The scenery is gorgeous! I’m sure it is expensive to produce but well worth it. I can’t stomach some of the reality garbage A&E is serving up. Who made this stupid decision? Probably the same big wheel that tried to fire Phil Robertson until they saw their golden goose was about to fly away. Maybe A&E has some executives that need to be “canceled”.