Robert Taylor portrays Sheriff Walt Longmire in this image from the third season of A&E's drama series “Longmire.” (Courtesy of A&E/Cathy Kanavy)
Actors Katee Sackhoff, Robert Taylor and Bailey Chase appear in a “Longmire” episode titled “The Great Spirit.” (Courtesy of A&E/Cathy Kanavy)
A frame from “Longmire” with Robert Taylor, left, and Lou Diamond Phillips at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains. (Courtesy of A&E)
Robert Taylor stars as Sheriff Walt Longmire in the A&E Network series “Longmire” at Garson Studios on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art And Design. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)
Robert Taylor stars at Walt Longmire in the A&E series, “Longmire.” The TV show was canceled by A&E, though other networks are looking at the show. (Courtesy of A&E)
Robert Taylor, left, Lou Diamond Phillips and Bailey Chase on the set of A&E's “Longmire” in Santa Fe, photographed on April 15, 2013. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)
From left, Robert Taylor and Adam Bartley in the third season of A&E's original drama series, “Longmire.” (Courtesy of A&E/Cathy Kanavy)
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez greets “Longmire” actors Robert Taylor, center, and Lou Diamond Phillips at Greer Garson Studios in Santa Fe in April 2013. Although the series was set in Wyoming, it was filmed in New Mexico. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)
The ride is over for “Longmire” – at least for now.
The drama filmed in Santa Fe was canceled by A&E on Thursday after three seasons.
“Longmire” premiered three years ago and became A&E’s No. 1 original programming series. During its second season, the series averaged more than 4 million viewers. The third season saw numbers that hovered around 3.7 million viewers.
“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,” the network said in a statement. “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.”
The series was housed at Garson Studios in Santa Fe and did most of its filming on location in Albuquerque and northern New Mexico.
“Longmire” is a crime drama series that is based on the Longmire mystery novels written by best-selling author Craig Johnson. It follows Walt Longmire, played by Robert Taylor, the sheriff of fictional Absaroka County, Wyo., as he returns to work following the death of his wife.
It also stars Bailey Chase, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley.
Bartley, who plays Deputy “The Ferg” Ferguson on the show, took to Twitter on Thursday to post “Bad news, friends. Hopefully we have a new home soon! #Longmireseason4 good luck @AETV” and then also posted “#LongLiveLongmire spread it around!”
A&E Network also had fans on edge before renewing the show for its current third season. Filming had wrapped on season two and cast and crew waited a few months before getting the green light from the network.
“Longmire” has employed hundreds of New Mexico actors and crew members. It also gave opportunities to students at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design for internships on the show.
Currently, the show is in play with a potential new network for a fourth season.
With the news of its cancellation, the Internet was chock-full of support for the show.
On the Journal‘s Facebook page, there were more than 150 comments within the first hour of the cancellation being reported.
Many of the comments were like Pam Peterson’s, who wrote, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO please don’t do this to me, we love Longmire, please find another home, you have to come back, what is wrong with A&E, this was a great hit.”
And Jodea RaeVaughn posted, “I absolutely love this program. The story line is wonderful and who is better than the whole cast. Someone please pick up this show. You would be a instant hero.”