Netflix is returning to Absaroka County.
A little over a month after the fourth season of Longmire was released on Netflix in the Unites States, the streaming service has picked up the Robert Taylor fronted drama for a fifth season. The renewal, which is expected to be for ten episodes, was first announced on the official Longmire Facebook page.
Longmire was originally set up at cable network A&E for its first three seasons, where its drew in sizeable ratings (north of 4 million viewers), but in a surprise move the cable network cancelled the series last year, citing the older skewing audience and the fact that it comes from an outside studio.
Warner Bros. were not content with the decision and were keen to find a new home for Longmire. It was within minutes of the cancellation that Warner Bros. Television Group President Peter Roth arranged a meeting with Netflix’s SVP of Originals Cindy Holland, betting that the fact that Netflix held exclusive U.S. streaming rights to the existing seasons would be enough for them to order a fourth season. The gamble paid off, with Holland commissioning a fourth season at the end of the pitch meeting.
Like their closest rival Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix refuses to release anything resembling ratings data for their crop of original series, so it is hard to say just how well Longmire performed for the streaming service, especially as WB’s existing international licensing deals meant season four was only a Netflix original in four territories (the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia). Netflix, however, are looking for properties with ardent fan bases, which Longmire does have.
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.