By Evan DeSimone
Netflix has announced that it will renew the contemporary Western drama “Longmire” for a 10-episode fifth season just weeks after season 4 debuted on the platform.
The series is another example of Netflix’s now famous rescue and revive system. After running three critically popular but low-rated seasons on A&E, “Longmire” faced the cancellation ax, only to receive a last minute reprieve from Netflix. The streamer offered the show’s creators a fourth season on the platform, and that investment seems to have borne fruit in the form of another season pickup today.
Netflix has historically been tight-lipped about what qualifies a series as a success. Unlike network television, which lives and dies by ratings, the Netflix formula is more mysterious. Certainly, the streamer is looking for shows that draw eyes, but it’s also interested in the more ineffable quality of “buzz.” Shows like “House of Cards” have long been rumored to have smaller audiences than comparable network programs, but their long-tail appeal and the critical and awards season buzz they generate is thought to be equally important for the prestige-seeking platform.
Netflix announced the pick-up on social media, but has yet to set any dates for “Longmire”’s official return.