TCM UK has set a premiere date for the third season of Longmire.
The former A&E drama will kick off its 10 episode third season on the Turner owned channel on Sunday April 12th at 8pm, with a double-bill. From the following week, new episodes are being double-pumped in the 8pm and 9pm time-slots every Saturday and Sunday night, through to the season finale on April 26th.
This marks the first time that TCM UK has scheduled one of their first run TV dramas outside of the Sunday night 9pm time-slot. That is the slot that the channel used to launch both Longmire and Hell On Wheels – the fourth season of which is currently airing in that same time-slot.
It is understood that the move is aimed to increase the exposure of the Katee Sackhoff and Robert Taylor fronted series, which has been a solid performer for TCM UK with the second season averaging an audience of 85K viewers, up considerably on the season one average of 60K.
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 Adam Bartley.
In the show’s third season, Walt finds himself reeling from a series of devastating traumas. His best friend, Henry Standing Bear, is going to prison on murder charges. Deputy Branch Connally has been shot by a mysterious “white warrior,” and Vic Moretti is unsure if she has shaken a stalker from her past. Walt is forced to shoulder all of these burdens and try to find a way to set the world right again, but one person knows he can’t do this alone – his daughter, Cady. She will fight in court to try and clear Henry’s name while Walt continues to unravel the dark, mysterious secrets of Absaroka County. The deeper Walt digs into all these mysteries, the closer he’ll get to uncovering the real bloody hand behind his wife’s murder.