EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that TCM has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to A&E’s drama series Longmire. I hear that the series is set to premiere on Sunday March 17th at 9pm, occupying the same time-slot vacated by Hell On Wheels two weeks earlier. Representatives of TCM did not immediately respond to our requests for comment.
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, which has already been renewed for a second season, 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.
For the past few months TCM has been in the market for a second first run series, a move that was spurred on by the success the channel has had with western series Hell On Wheels. Buzz on that front had been that TCM was looking at Frank Darabont’s Lost Angels (formerly LA Noir) given that the show was said to fit in with Anthony Lukom’s [Vice-President and Managing Director of Turner Broadcasting System UK & Ireland] desire to find a new cinematic TV series to compliment Hell On Wheels. I hear that, following the acquisition of Longmire, TCM is unlikely to move ahead with acquiring Lost Angels.
TVWise’s Acquisitions Scorecard has been updated with this new information.