After lengthy negotiations with series producer Warner Horizon Television, A&E has renewed their hit drama series Longmire for a third season of 10 episodes. The show’s third season is set to air on A&E next Summer.
“’Longmire’ has become one of the most compelling dramas on television with a devoted audience and we are so proud of the show,” said David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E. “We are thrilled to continue our wonderful partnership with Warner Horizon Television, the production team, and the talented cast and crew led by the exceptional Robert Taylor.”
Based on the series of novels written by Craig Johnson and developed for television by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, Longmire follows Walt Longmire, the Sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Longmire is a widower who, following his wife’s death, lost interest in his job as Sheriff. But with the help of one of his deputies he re-commits to his job and decides to run for re-election, only to find that one of his own men is running against him. The drama series is produced by Warner Horizon Television and stars Robert Taylor (The Matrix), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Lou Diamond Phillips (Stargate: Universe), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and newcomer Adam Bartley.
The renewal had been expected given that Longmire ranks as A&E’s top rated scripted series; with the show’s second season averaging 3.7 million viewers and the season finale delivering a season high of 4.4 million viewers. Word of negotiations between A&E and Warner Horizon first leaked out in August when Executive Producer John Coveny tweeted: “Thanks to the 5 million plus weekly fans (live+7). Young and older skewing alike! The call just came: SEASON 3 for
#Longmire is a GO!”