There will be no fifth season for A&E‘s veteran drama The Glades despite the series hitting season highs in its most recent season finale. Glades appeared unlikely to continue, and I hear the network made the call this morning. Like its companion Longmire, Glades posted season highs in its finale earlier this week, averaging 3.4 million total viewers, 1.1 million adults 18-49 and 1.3 million adults 25-54. But year-to-year, Glades was down double digits in key demos while Longmire posted gains, likely contributing to A&E’s decision to renew Longmire and end Glades. Still, The Glades, from Fox TV Studios, performed respectably over its run. It was the first A&E scripted series to stick and helped establish the network’s scripted brand.
Fans’ prayers seem to have been answered. A&E‘s most-watched drama series, Longmire, is getting a third season. “Thanks to the 5 million plus weekly fans (live+7),” Longmire executive producer John Coveny wrote on Twitter this afternoon. “Young and older skewing alike! The call just came: SEASON 3 for ” A&E and producing studio Warner BrosTV had no comment, though insiders cautioned that the two sides have yet to finalize a deal for a third season. There had been speculation that such a deal could include A&E taking ownership in the show. However, everyone seems to agree that Longmire will return to A&E for a third season. The renewal buzz comes on the heels of is a GO!big ratings for Longmire‘s second-season finale earlier this week, which posted a season-high 4.4 million total viewers, 1.1 million adults 18-49 and 1.5 million adults 25-54. For the season, Longmire averaged 5.4 million viewers (Live+7, most current) and, while older skewing than A&E’s other series, it was up from Season 1 in the key younger demos.
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A&E Network has picked up its flagship drama series, The Glades, for a 13-episode fourth season to premiere in 2013. Starring Matt Passmore, Glades was the first A&E scripted series to stick and helped establish the network’s scripted brand. It was recently used to launch A&E’s breakout Longmire, which has already been renewed for a second season, also for a 2013 debut. In it third season, The Glades averaged 4.1 million total viewers for premiere episodes in Live+7, up 5% from Season 2.
Airing against the closing ceremony of the London Olympics, the season one finale of A&E’s breakout drama series Longmire drew 4.3 million total viewers and a 1.6 million adults 25-54 on Sunday. The latter was a series high for the crime drama, which has already been renewed for a second season. (In total viewers, the series couldn’t match its series high of 4.55 million viewers but was up from the previous time it faced the Olympics.)
Longmire, which ranks as A&E’s No.1 original drama series ever in total viewers and adults 25-54, has averaged 4.0 million total viewers per premiere episode and 5.4 million in Live+7 viewing (through its first 8 episodes). Leading into Longmire’s closer was the third season finale of The Glades, which was watched by 3.1 million viewers, 1.2 million of them in the adults 25-54 demo. That was close to the comedic drama’s season average. A&E is yet to make a decision on but the network’s brass likes the show, the first of its new crop of scripted originals to get traction, and a renewal appears a strong possibility.
The Season 3 premiere of A&E’s drama The Glades will premiere Sunday, June 3 at 9 PM and will be followed at 10 by the series premiere of the scripted drama Longmire. The new series, based on Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire mystery novels, stars Robert Taylor as the sheriff of a Wyoming town and will feature 10 one-hour episodes.
A&E has renewed its flagship drama series The Glades for a third season, which will launch next summer. The news comes a month after the cop series starring Matt Passmore ended its second season, which averaged 3.9 million viewers, 1.55 million of them in the 18-49 demographic and 1.74 million in adults 25-54. In 18-49, The Glades was up 12% from Season 1. With the renewal, A&E will have three original series on tap for next year: The Glades; Breakout Kings, which will return for a second season; and the recently picked up newcomer Longmire. The Glades is produced by Fox TV Studios and executive produced by creator Clifton Campbell and Gary Randall.
Season 2 of A&E’s original series The Glades, which stars Matt Passmore and Kiele Sanchez, will premiere Sunday, June 5 at 10 PM. Last season, the Fox Television Studios-produced drama became the most-watched series in network history, averaging 3.1 million viewers.
Liz Dickler has joined A&E Network as VP of drama programming, reporting to SVP drama Tana Nugent Jamieson. Dickler will be responsible for developing new scripted drama series and mini-series for A&E, as well as overseeing current series, including season two of The Glades and upcoming series Breakout Kings. Dickler joins A&E from ABC Studios where she spend two years as director of current series overseeing such series as Criminal Minds, Castle, Scrubs and According to Jim. Before that she served as manager of drama development where she oversaw the development of several pilots and series including Kyle XY, Cane and Dirt.
USA Network’s Burn Notice and A&E’s The Glades already have a lot in common – the same Florida locale and blue-sky feel, the same light tone and quirky characters led by a handsome leading man and the same producing studio, Fox TV Studios. Now the two shows also share a tagline. The upcoming season of Burn Notice has been being promoted with the slogan: Sunny with a Chance of Espionage, not to be confused with The Glades’ tagline for its first season, Sunny with a Chance of Homicide. It is sunny in Florida… UPDATE: After discovering the coincidence, USA took down the “sunny” Burn Notice ads, which had only run online.