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'Longmire' will get a fourth season on Netflix

'Longmire' will get a fourth season on Netflix
The sheriff (Robert Taylor) seeks answers on the season finale of A&E's "Longmire," which has been picked up by Netflix. (Lewis Jacobs / A&E)

Netflix is riding to the rescue of yet another canceled TV show. On Wednesday, it announced it had picked up the western detective series "Longmire" for a fourth season.

The series, about Wyoming County Sheriff Walt Longmire, is based on the mystery novels by Craig Johnson. Writers John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, previously of "The Closer," developed the series for TV and served as executive producers for three seasons on A&E.

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Australian actor Robert Taylor played the weathered lawman, with a supporting cast including Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Philips.

The show's third season ended with a gun going off in the cliffhanger, but until now, fans had no hope of knowing who was on the business end of that bullet.

During its three seasons on A&E, the series performed well in the ratings, becoming the channel's biggest original series premiere of all time with 4.1 million viewers.

Johnson wrote a scathing post on his official Facebook page after the show's cancellation in August. Warner Horizon Television subsequently brought it to Netflix, which has given additional seasons to fan-favorite canceled series, including "Arrested Development," "The Killing" and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

Johnson tweeted his pleasure at the series pickup, writing, "They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds. Old Mexican proverb."

The 10-episode fourth season will debut on Netflix sometime in 2015.

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