As previously reported, Season 4 promptly picks up with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), the sheriff of Absaroka County, WY, learning who killed his wife and setting out to avenge her death. In addition, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), the deputy who Walt fired for being a loose cannon, has his own theories.
Added Shephard, “Season 4 is about second chances. Who you are as a person is defined by how you handle the second chance. Netflix has incorporated that theme in their campaign. There are a lot of ways in which people can rebuild themselves after devastating experiences. We explore that theme throughout each of our characters. Now that Walt knows the murderer of his wife, how does he go on? With Henry, he has a new-found freedom, what does he do with it?”
In addition Shephard revealed that Season 4 will deal with “issues facing Native Americans on their reservations. There are horrific loopholes with their tribal police and courts where they can’t prosecute non-natives that commit crimes on the nation.” This will impact Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) and Walt. One of the big story notes that Netflix gave the Longmire team: Feel free to be more cinematic; don’t make it like TV.
Despite Longmire being A&E’s most-watched series attracting an average of 5.6M viewers in Season 3, the network axed it, claiming the show wasn’t profitable because advertisers, who pay a premium to reach younger audiences, undervalue older-skewing shows. That was never an issue for subscription-based Netflix. Shephard added: “A&E didn’t have an ownership stake in the show. We’re now at a company that values viewers.”
She gave further props to Warner Bros. TV group chief Peter Roth as the lynchpin to getting Longmire back on the small screen. “It took 12 minutes between the cancellation of the show and him finding (Netflix head of original content) Cindy Holland and letting her know the fate of our show. Netflix had an investment in this. They were streaming previous seasons. Cindy responded immediately. She invited us in to present Season 4 to them,” said Shephard.
“When I heard the news that they were cancelled, I couldn’t believe anybody could be that stupid!” blurted out actor Gerald McRaney, who plays Barlow Connally, “but when I heard Netflix was picking it up, that made sense.”
Season 4 will be available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Longmire is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television. Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny, Shephard and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers. Longmire is based on the crime thriller novels by bestselling author Craig Johnson.
Recap of Marvel's Jessica Jones discussion at Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour
Yesterday was the Netflix day at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in California but unfortunately very little new was announced about Marvel’s Jessica Jones.
It was confirmed that Marvel’s Jessica Jones will be released sometime between October and December 2015 but this has always been the schedule announced by Marvel (despite some publications erroneously reporting it had been moved to 2016).
Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg described it as ‘a psychological thriller’ and said that 'the series’ darkness will be in the characters’ psyches.’ She also added that Jessica Jones’ relationship with David Tennant’s character Kilgrave is central to the story.
There was also a very small clip shown from Marvel’s Jessica Jones which just showed Krysten Ritter walking down a street and opening a door.
None of the stars of Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter, David Tennant or Mike Coulter) were at the event.