A&E Network's most-watched original drama series of all time,
will be ending its run on the cable network after three seasons.
In a surprising move, the network has opted not to renew the series for a fourth season.
Warner Horizon, the studio behind Longmire, will be shopping it immediately.
The White Wash:
“We would like to thank the phenomenal cast, crew and producers of Longmire, along with our partners at Warner Horizon, for their tireless work on three seasons of quality dramatic storytelling,”
A&E said in a statement. “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.”
There has been a drive at A&E Networks to own a large portion of their scripted programming,
which was also the impetus behind the launch of A&E Studios.
Both Longmire and The Glades came from outside suppliers, Warner Horizon and Fox TV Studios, respectively.
What’s going on is that A&E doesn’t own the show outright, so they don’t want to pay for it anymore.
When a network buys a show from a production studio, (in this case A&E has been buying the show from Warner Horizon), they pay big bucks.
It’s a combination of this and the fact that A&E is moving back to unscripted, cheaper to produce, reality programming.