Pick of the week
It’s hard to explain if you’ve never been through it, but the feeling of having your favourite TV show cancelled is a bit like grief. (Famously, there are still fans of Joss Whedon’s single season of Firefly from 2002 that remain stuck in the first stage of that process: denial.) But what a magnificent age we live in, when the new streaming services perform almost weekly miracles of televisual resurrection. Longmire, a fantastic contemporary western based on the novels of Craig Johnson, was arguably an unlikely candidate for the chop in the first place, being the highest rating scripted show on the A&E channel. Thankfully, Netflix has come to the rescue and seamlessly produced a fourth season, which went online a few days ago. (The first three seasons are online too.) The story follows the trials of Sheriff Walt Longmire of the fictional Absaroka County in Wyoming, ably played by Australian actor Robert Taylor ( Home and Away, The Matrix). It’s a cri de coeur for traditional American values: Longmire is unashamedly old-school, technophobic and dad-core. “He is his own man … he is the one who’ll stand up and do the right thing, even when there is no one there to see him do it,” says Taylor. His co-stars include Lou Diamond Phillips ( La Bamba), Katee Sackhoff ( Battlestar Galactica) and Cassidy Freeman (pictured above).