In the two weeks since A&E unexpectedly canceled the fan favorite drama “Longmire,” Warner Bros. TV’s Warner Horizon has been putting together a pitch to sell the show to another network, reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
The pitch will include the series’ performance and the producers’ plans for the fourth season, with the cable division of Warner Bros. TV planning to speak with both digital and cable networks.
“I hear Netflix and Amazon are expected to hear the pitch. Subscription-based services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu would be perfect for a show like ‘Longmire,’ which has a large but somewhat older-skewing audience,” Andreeva writes. “‘Longmire’ was A&E’s most watched original scripted series of all time, averaging 5.6 million viewers in Season 3’s most current ratings, a slight dip from Season 2’s nearly 6 million average despite a much weaker lead-in.”
Andreeva adds: “Interestingly, I heard there were no plans for Hulu to hear the pitch. Hulu also had been considered a strong possibility as its new head of content, Craig Erwich, developed and sold ‘Longmire’ while running Warner Horizon.”
The story adds that those plans could change, and that Yahoo remains a “remote possibility.”
As for cable, TNT is said to be not interested. That network had originally developed “Longmire” and passed on it before A&E bought it. AMC could make sense, given that the drama would fit with its “Hell on Wheels” series, the story notes.