This is unfortunate news. The streaming-TV service Netflix has announced it will take Longmire off the air next year, following that crime drama’s sixth season. The program is based on Craig Johnson’s long-running series of books featuring Wyoming county sheriff Walt Longmire (most recently seen in this fall’s An Obvious Fact), and stars Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Moviefone recalls that Netflix picked up Longmire in 2015 “after it was canceled by A&E after three seasons. Even though it was the cable network’s most-watched scripted series, [A&E] network executives worried that the audience for Longmire was too old to appeal to advertisers. Angry fans launched a massive ‘save the show’ campaign, which proved successful.” CinemaBlend adds, though, that “Longmire is a lot different than a lot of the other originals Netflix has produced. The drama is not younger-skewing like a lot of Netflix’s originals. It’s also not a show that translates super well to a lot of different cultures, as it’s a sort-of cowboy procedural with an overarching plot thread.”
Reports are that Season 6 of this show will feature 10 episodes. That’s the same number as were produced for Season 5, which was made available on September 23 of this year. Although this termination notice will certainly upset the show’s fans, one watcher remarks that at least the early announcement will give Longmire’s producers and stars “the chance to truly end with a satisfying conclusion.”