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‘Longmire’ Gets New Life on Netflix

Streaming service gives crime series a fourth season after A&E cancellation

Netflix has saved another show from the television graveyard. Western drama “Longmire” has been ordered for a fourth season by the streaming video service.

Ten new episodes will debut in 2015 exclusively in US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“When Warner Horizon Television came to us with the idea for a new season of Longmire, we were intrigued because the series is so unique, and consistently great,” Netflix’s original content vice president, Cindy Holland, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to help continue Walt Longmire’s story for his large and passionate following.”

In a joint statement, the Longmire executive producers said: “We’re excited and honored to have the opportunity to bring this show that we love so much, and all its devoted fans, to Netflix.”

Netflix provided the following description for Season 4, which picks up moments after season three’s finale.

Walt Longmire (series star Robert Taylor), having found out who was behind the murder of his wife, succumbs to his darker impulses and takes off in pursuit of the killer with murder on his mind. Meanwhile, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), the deputy who Walt fired for erratic, violent behavior, believes he has already figured out who the real culprit is. But during his confrontation with this suspected killer, a gun goes off. Now the audience will finally learn what happened, and whether Walt can be stopped before he makes a fatal choice.

A&E canceled “Longmire,” which had been a solid ratings performer for the cable channel until its latest season, in August. The Season 3 premiere in June drew 3.86 million total viewers, compared to 4.31 million for the Season 2 premiere. The season finale in August also saw a season-to-season decline, drawing 3.68 million total viewers compared to the 4.42 million that tuned in for the previous season’s ender.

Based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson, the series stars Australian actor Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, Absaroka County, Wyoming’s dedicated sheriff. Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley also star.

Produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television, Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers.

Netflix has similarly resurrected other canceled series, including “Arrested Development” and “The Killing.”

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