Longmire’s Down, but Buffalo’s Not Out
The cancelation of the Longmire television series has gone over about about as well as finding a buzzard-eaten body in The Busy Bee restaurant in Buffalo's alter ego of Durant, Wyo., county seat of Absaroka County.
"Our phones have been ringing off the hooks and we've been getting emails and Facebook messages," said Angela Fox Jarvis, CEO of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce.
"The fans and the public are very, very irate," Jarvis said. "And they are actually angrier than I am at this point."
And for good reason.
The A&E TV Network announced last week it was dropping the the modern western drama after its third season. The studio behind the series, Warner Horizon Television, is looking for another network to possibly pick-up the popular show.
A&E cited a ratings drop from 4.31 million total viewers to 3.86 million for the season’s premieres as a reason for the cancelation.
Jarvis isn't impressed with that explanation.
"We are a little disheartened with A&E for not renewing the series," she said. "I'm sorry if they think that Duck Dynasty with folks from California is a better show than an actual real drama and crime series."
Meanwhile, Buffalo and the chamber of commerce are reeling from the news, having just hosted the three-day Longmire Days event in mid-July with many of the show's actors, including Robert Taylor who plays Sheriff Walt Longmire and Katee Sackhoff who plays deputy Vic Moretti.
Longmire Days featured autograph signings with local Longmire book series author Craig Johnson, forums with the actors and Johnson, street dancing and other major partying, a motorcycle poker run with Sackhoff and Zahn McClarnon, who plays the reservation chief of police, and fellowship with thousands of the show's and books' fans from around the world.
The Absaroka County Sheriff's Office doesn't give up when the crime and corruption are going down, and neither is Buffalo.
"The better news is that it is being looked at by many other folks that are trying to push it to another level," Jarvis said.
Buffalo still intends to host Longmire Days in 2015 regardless of the future of the television series, she said. "Folks just may come for the fun of it, and make a big day out of it, instead."
Buffalo's first Longmire Days in 2012 happened without the actors, but still featured Johnson, she added. "The books are a huge asset to us as a community and we want to continue that celebration."
Jarvis encourages Longmire fans to work the social media to encourage another network to pick up the show. Longmire Posse, the official fan site, also has been working the social media.
"We are really, really proud of this," she said. "We want to make sure this succeeds. So push it, however you can."