Netflix Resurrects ‘Longmire’

Netflix has ordered a fourth season of the western-themed drama series Longmire, three months after A&E cancelled the show.

The series, based on novels by Craig Johnson about a Wyoming sheriff whose territory abuts a Native American reservation, has received a 10-episode order from Netflix and will air on the OTT service in 2015.

A&E Network cancelled the Warner Horizon Television-produced series this past August despite it being the most watched series for the network. Season three of the series this past summer averaged 3.5 million viewers in live plus same day viewing. The series ended on a cliffhanger, and Netflix officials said the series will pick up moments after the season three finale.

“When Warner Horizon Television came to us with the idea for a new season of Longmire, we were intrigued because the series is so unique, and consistently great,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix in a statement. “We are thrilled to help continue Walt Longmire’s story for his large and passionate following.”

In a joint statement, the Longmire executive producers said: “We’re excited and honored to have the opportunity to bring this show that we love so much, and all its devoted fans, to Netflix.”

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