The new Western mystery television series Longmire set a ratings record with its premiere on June 3rd. Host network for the series – A&E – has reported that the show’s debut was its highest original series premiere of all time and so far in 2012 it has the highest ratings for a new drama series on cable television. An estimated 4.1 million viewers watched the show’s launch on June 3rd.
Longmire is based upon the Walt Longmire novel series created by Craig Johnson. Robert Taylor plays the Wyoming sheriff in the TV series with Katee Sackhoff as his newly-arrived eastern deputy, Vic Moretti.
Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor)
The first episode provided a solid introduction to the show’s characters as Longmire seeks to solve the murder of a man not from the area. A viewer gains a sense of both the personal history that Longmire carries – the death of his wife a year ago – and of his own personal approach to life – Longmire does not use a cell phone and views litter as blight upon his Big Sky Country.
The murder case will also bring into focus underlying racial tensions between non-Indigenous citizens and the Indigenous peoples of what is now Wyoming. These tensions find expression in the jurisdictional boundaries between the Sheriff’s office and tribal law enforcement on the nearby reservation. That friendship and trust can be achieved between the Wyoming settler society and the original inhabitants of the land is represented in the relationship between Longmire and his good friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips).
The first episode also introduces a major story arc – Longmire will have to run for re-election as sheriff against his own deputy, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase). A&E has provided a number of clips from the show to support the launch of Longmire and this scene highlights the different approaches represented by Longmire and his deputy:
The first season of Longmire will run for 10 episodes on Sunday nights on A&E. Schedules and further show information can be found at: http://www.aetv.com/longmire/
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)