Crime drama series "Longmire" has already been given the go signal from Netflix to proceed for a fifth season, but shooting for the new episodes has yet to begin.
The announcement of the show's Netflix renewal, which was made on its Facebook page, has made avid fans eager for more. This level of anticipation is thanks to the great storyline and cast performance of season 4, which ran on the streaming service for 10 episodes in September last year.
During the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in California, Netflix head Ted Sarandos made some interesting points about the series. For one, "Longmire" has been a pot of gold for the streaming service to attract older demographic. And this has been but one advantage of the show over their competitors, which have been fighting over an oversaturated younger market. This was what its previous network, A&E, failed to see.
Because of "Longmire," more mature audiences will be introduced to a new medium of watching different series. There is a chance that their subscription to Netflix will not end even after the show has concluded.
In addition to that, "Longmire" has done well on its fourth season, its first on Netflix. The series originally had three seasons on A&E before the network cancelled it in August 2014. While viewership ratings are not publicly disclosed, Sarandos said via TV Guide that "relative to the network audience, we were very pleased" with "Longmire."
Created by Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, "Longmire" is about a sheriff of a small town in Wyoming. Its lead actor, Robert Taylor, plays Walt Longmire.
As reported by Variety, Coveny said, "We want human beings to watch this show — if it has heart and soul to it, we need that piece in the Netflix family."
Executive producer Greer Shephard further added, "We're mercifully with a wonderful company now that values viewers over demos and we're benefiting from that."