Earlier this month TVWise broke the news that TCM had closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast to A&E’s drama series Longmire. In that report we also revealed that the series would premiere on TCM on Sunday March 17th at 9pm. TCM made that official today by formally announcing the acquisition. Press release follows below….
TCM ACQUIRES HIT US DRAMA SERIES ‘LONGMIRE’ FROM WARNER BROS. INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION
- TCM acquires hit US series Longmire, which debuted on the A&E Network in June 2012, from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
- Longmire will premiere in the UK on TCM Sunday 17th March
TCM today announces the acquisition of the one-hour US original scripted drama series Longmire, which aired on A&E network last year, from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. The top performing film channel, owned by Turner Broadcasting, will air season one (10 x 1 hour episodes) premiering Sunday 17th March at 9pm and weekly thereafter.
Based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson, Longmire stars Australian actor Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Longmire also stars Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Lou Diamond Phillips (Numb3rs), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and newcomer Adam Bartley.
Longmire launched to critical acclaim, achieving huge ratings success in the US. Its debut was the most-watched original scripted series premiere in the cable network’s history, averaging 4.1 million viewers. Season one averaged over four million total viewers, making it the most-watched original series in A&E history, and it ranked number one in its time period (Sundays, 10pm) with Men 25–54. Season two will debut in the US later in 2013.
Widowed only a year, Longmire is man in psychic repair who buries his pain behind a brave face and dry wit. Struggling since his wife’s death and at the urging of his daughter, Cady (Freeman), Longmire knows that the time has come to turn his life around. With the help of ‘Vic’ Moretti (Sackhoff), his loyal female deputy, he becomes reinvigorated by his job and committed to running for re-election. When Branch Connally (Chase), an ambitious, young deputy decides to run against him for sheriff, Longmire feels betrayed but remains steadfast in his dedication to the community. He often turns to close friend and confidant Henry Standing Bear (Phillips) for support as he sets out to rebuild his personal and professional life, one step at a time.
Jemma Yates, Turner UK programming director of general entertainment, says: “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Longmire. This modern day western crime drama offers viewers something new and unique, and has achieved huge success in the US. It’s a highly watchable mystery series with true grit, which will appeal strongly to TCM viewers.”
Longmire is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television and is based upon the books by Craig Johnson. Hunt Baldwin (The Closer) and John Coveny (The Closer) wrote the pilot and serve as executive producers of the series along with Greer Shephard (The Closer, Nip/Tuck) and Michael M. Robin (The Closer, Nip/Tuck). Christopher Chulack (Southland, ER) served as director and executive producer of the pilot.
This news follows TCM recording its best year (2012) in the last decade, placing it firmly as the number three film channel in the UK and number two on the pay TV network. In December 2012 the channel was up 25 per cent year on year and 100 per cent up on 2009, doubling its viewership in three years. Longmire builds on the success of cinematic series on the channel, including: Hell on Wheels, Band of Brothers, Deadwood and Rome.