Anyone who follows “Longmire” on Twitter knows that there are still many campaigns raging in order for the canceled series to find a new home, but unfortunately, nothing has been confirmed one way or the other just yet. While we know that there have been interested parties and the fan base is passionate enough, that’s no guarantee out there in this business today.
One person who was not seemingly shocked by this decision at all, though, was one of the series’ primary stars in Katee Sackhoff. Speaking in a new interview with HIVPlusMag (which is a great read when it comes to raising awareness about the cause and some of Katee’s charitable efforts), she had the following to say:
“I’m not surprised. My fiancé is a producer, he’s a movie producer, not a TV producer, but as an actor living with someone like that you’re a fly on the wall and get to learn things. Key demographics in this business are gold, and that key demo is 18-to-25 [year-olds]. Shows are won and lost and bought and sold and movies succeed or fail based on that key demo. And advertisers love the key demo because the key demo in their minds is who spends the money, so when you have a show that skews older.… I understand why a network wouldn’t find that as desirable as a show like Bates Motel that skews younger, because it’s not flashy enough in their minds for investors, for advertisers. So I’m not I’m not shocked at all. It’s the business and it sucks.”
Sackhoff said that she is “used to going out and finding work,” so in the position “Longmire” doesn’t move forward, she should be able to find a new project … and we believe her. In between this show and “Battlestar Galactica,” she’s a TV icon of sorts.
If “Longmire” finds a new home, it will be a victory for the fans. If it doesn’t, hopefully this will be another wake-up call to networks and providers that older viewers outside of this demo do matter, and in the age of student loans and lower starting salaries, it is the people in these older demographics that have the money to spend.
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