Netflix is reportedly deep in negotiations for a fourth season of A&E’s modern western drama series “Longmire”.
After three successful seasons, the network cancelled the series nearly three months ago – a surprise move to many as the show was the network’s top-rating scripted series in total viewers. However, the audience tended to skew a little older which advertisers aren’t keen on, and the network itself seems to be getting out of the scripted series business in favor of more reality shows.
Warner Horizon, which produces the show, have since been attempting to shop the series around and apparently both they and Netflix are keen on the idea of it finding a new home at the streaming video giant. Negotiations are still underway though and fairly tricky, so an agreement hasn’t yet been reached. Still, the signs are hopeful.
Netflix is a logical place as the SVOD service already has the rights to the previous seasons as part of its deal with Warner Brothers. Plus, as it’s subscription supported rather than ad supported, audience age demographics don’t matter – total viewers and viewer satisfaction are of greater concern.
If the deal does go forward, production on the fourth season would aim to begin in March.