Longmire, the popular crime series set in the fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming, has begun filming its much-celebrated fourth season in Santa Fe, Las Vegas (NM), and other north New Mexico locations. Last year, Longmire was canceled after three successful seasons by the A&E network, leaving fans despondent, until Netflix stepped in and agreed to produce a new season.
The show has a large following among Native American viewers at least in part due to the presence of Natives in the cast and Native plotlines. Sheriff Walt Longmire’s turf bumps up against an Indian Reservation, and he regularly interacts with Tribal police and a Native-owned casino. Consequently, the show has brought Native actors such as Zahn McClarnon, Graham Greene, and A Martinez onto TV screens during prime time hours.
(When last we checked, Greene’s status for season 4 had yet to be determined, but a recent tweet from his @Rafeolla account seems to indicate that he will be appearing on the show again. “In a couple of weeks we will be flooring it and riding the clutch on LONGMIRE,” he wrote on March 14.)
Las Vegas, NM, is setting for the Longmire scenes that take place in town, with its landmark Plaza Hotel frequently visible. “We love our new home on Netflix, but we’re even more excited to be back working in our beloved home of New Mexico where we are treated so well,” said Greer Shephard, an executive producer, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
And here’s a tip (courtesy KOAT) for any American Indian actors in the area who want to be part of the show: The show’s producers are in need of “Native Americans between 20 and 40 years old to work in a scene that involves a standoff with Walt Longmire at his cabin.” Those who are interested are advised to send a recent photo and a phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org