A&E Picks Up Katee Sackhoff Drama Longmire

It’s official: Katee Sackhoff is returning to TV.

A&E has given a 10-episode, first season order to Longmire, an hour-long Western-themed drama starring Matrix actor Robert Taylor as the show’s titular charismatic, dry-witted Wyoming sheriff. Sackhoff will play Vic, one of his deputies.

The series, based on the Walt Longmire Mystery series of novels by Craig Johnson, also stars Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) as Longmire’s daughter, Lou Diamond Phillips (Numb3rs) as his best friend, and Bailey Chase (Saving Grace) as another deputy.

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  1. Danny Robertson says:

    I was excited until you said it was a cop drama.

    • Dav says:

      I completely get where you’re coming from but this is by no means your typical network cop drama. Yes it is a crime show and yes the main character is a sheriff but it is nothing like the stuff you will find on CBS. The books were pretty good and I will say it’s more a story about Wyoming and it’s people that just happens to have a crime involved.

      • DL says:

        Consider my interest piqued. Thank you for the description, Dav. I hope it’s better than The Glades, which I watch occasionally just for Matt Passmore.

        • Dav says:

          Well, having said all that, we need to keep in mind I am speaking about the books. Who knows what horrible things the writers may do to it when they put it on TV. Since it’s A&E and not one of the networks I think it still has a shot at being good. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

      • topoopon says:

        So, Justified?

    • Cynthia L. says:

      I’ve been looking so forward to this series since I first read about its conception. I was afraid it would get scrapped. I have been telling my husband, friends, and family to check it out and to read the books too. Craig Johnson’s books are very enjoyable and the characters become people you want to know more about with each read. If they film using some of the geographic area it takes place in, it will be a great change for TV. I don’t consider the books a “cop drama.” It is more like a modern day Western tying the present to the past. Give it a chance to gain an audience, advertise it, and read the books for sure!

  2. Amanda says:

    Ok, bailey chase? I’ll give that a go. I miss saving grace.

  3. wordsmith says:

    Not usually a fan of cop dramas, but I’ve been loving Justified, and this sounds like it may have some of that same flavor. I think I’ll give it a try.

  4. Rebeca says:

    Yay! Cassidy Freeman back on my tv!

  5. Michael says:

    Cool, this will be something to really look forward to.

  6. patrick foster says:

    The books are terrific—if the show is half as good it’ll be a lot of fun to watch.

  7. Katee Sackhoff! Count me in…and it’s about time she got a kickass role!

  8. Bev says:

    The books were good. Not great, but good. Sackhoff, however, is PERFECT for the role of vic. I will probably check it out just to see her play that part.

  9. paige says:

    Dang. I was excited until I saw it was a western.

    • mdaily says:

      One word: Firefly!

    • George says:

      Just so you be know it going to western in modern setting. Much like Justified is a modern western noir. Having seen A&E other scripted programmings The Glades and Breakout King turn out to be unconventional concepts with typical crime procedural formats. It not that optimistic about Longmire becoming the diamond in the rough.

    • Jeff says:

      It is NOT a western. That was a very poor choice of words. It is a story set in the west (Wyoming) but it takes place in present day.

  10. Ethel says:

    Just to let most people know this important fact. Most women do not care about the plot/storyline on The Glades. We just want to see Matt Passmore I am sure men will feel the same way about KS

  11. bhm1304 says:

    I guess this means Chase’s run as Ellen’s boyfriend is over on “Damages”. This sounds like a great cast. Katee is always good (BBCA has been running “Battlestar Galactica” from the beginning and you get to see where her career got up and running and Cassidy Freeman was the best thing about “Smallville” towards the end. (Anyone who disagrees should just check out the episode “Fortune” from the final season when she is decked out like Nancy Sinatra and sings a duet with Allesandro Juliani’s “Dr. Emil” who is dressed up as Elvis- it was the best scene in the final season.)

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  13. Joe Hooker says:

    Sorry, but the books are very good. Wish they would begin using some of the story lines from the books. Robert Taylor is excellent choice for Longmire. The Lou Diamond Phillips character in the books is very important to the stories. Hope his character gains more importance.