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‘Longmire’ back to filming in NM thanks to Netflix

From left, Robert Taylor and Adam Bartley star in the drama series, "Longmire." (Courtesy of Cathy Kanavy/A&E)

From left, Robert Taylor and Adam Bartley star in the drama series, “Longmire.” (Courtesy of Cathy Kanavy/A&E)

SANTA FE, N.M. — “Longmire” is officially back in production.

The beloved drama found new life when Netflix picked it up last year for its fourth season.

Production will begin at the end of March and run through the end of June in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, N.M., Valles Caldera, Pecos and additional northern New Mexico locations.

“Not only is ‘Longmire’ a great show that features all the incredible natural beauty of northern New Mexico, it has been critical to helping us build Santa Fe’s reputation as the best place to film in the country,” stated Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “We know how much this benefits our local economy and culture, and we’re excited they’re back.”

Based on the bestselling mystery novels by Craig Johnson, this contemporary Western crime series set in Big Sky country stars Australian actor Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo., along with Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will employ more than 100 New Mexico crew members, 40 New Mexico actors and approximately 1,000 New Mexico background talents throughout the season.

The series has averaged nearly 4 million viewers per season. According to Netflix, the series will air later this year on the streaming service.

” ‘Longmire’ has brought energy to the city of Las Vegas by embracing the community and showcasing our Historic Plaza and beautiful city. We are grateful for the greater visibility the program has brought to Las Vegas, for their positive impact on our economy and for utilizing local talent,” stated Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. “The ‘Longmire’ family is now a Las Vegas family and we welcome their return home with open arms.”

Executive producers of “Longmire” are Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin, along with co-executive producer Patrick McKee and producer Brad Davis.

Shephard says, “We love our new home on Netflix, but we’re even more excited to be back working in our beloved home of New Mexico where we are treated so well.”