A&E has renewed its newest drama series Longmire for a second season, TVWise has confirmed. I’m being told that the network has ordered 13 episodes for the show’s second season, which is set to air next summer.
Based on the series of novels written by Craig Johnson and developed for television by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, Longmire stars Robert Taylor (The Matrix), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Lou Diamond Phillips (Stargate: Universe), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and newcomer Adam Bartley. Produced by Warner Horizon Television, the drama series 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.
Longmire premiered on A&E on June 3rd to 4.1 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, making the series A&E’s most watched series premiere amongst total viewers and the best launch for a new series in 2012 in the Adults 25-54 demo. Since then, the series has aired three more original episodes and has, season to date, averaged 3.9 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo in live+same day.
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