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‘Longmire’ gears up for season three production

Walt is returning to New Mexico.

Walt Longmire that is.

The popular TV show “Longmire” will return to New Mexico to film the third season at Garson Studios on the campus of Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The show airs on A&E and stars Robert Taylor as the title character.

“Longmire” is produced by The Shepard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television.

According to the New Mexico State Film Office, [roduction will begin in spring 2014 in and around Santa Fe and at Garson Studios.

“The Longmire production team, cast and crew exemplify a positive and respectful working relationship with the State and our local communities,” said Nick Maniatis, director of the film office. “We welcome them back for season three and wish them continued success.”

The production will employ more than 100 New Mexico crew members and hundreds of actors and background talent throughout the season.

“Garson Studios at Santa Fe University of Art and Design is thrilled to be the home of the Longmire production for the third season,” said Larry Hinz, President of Santa Fe University of Art and Design. “In addition to creating jobs for the community and state of New Mexico, Longmire is also a key partner of the university by providing internships and professional experiences for our students.”

The series is based on the best-selling mystery novels by author Craig Johnson, this contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country. Longmire is the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo., along with Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley.

The series has been a ratings winner for A&E, averaging more than four million viewers throughout tis first two seasons. The series is also one production which benefits from the revised state tax incentives, which offers 30 percent rebate to a series that films more than six episodes.