Where is My Remote: First Look at A&E's Longmire
Wednesday, May 30 2012 - Where is My Remote - by: trentstorm
In 2004, author Craig Johnson introduced readers to his character, Sheriff Walt Longmire, in The Cold Dish. Now, A&E is about to take Walt from the pages to the television screen.
It's been a year since Longmire lost his wife and he's trying to recover. He has his daughter, Cady, his young deputy, Victoria “Vic” Moretti and his best friend, Henry Standing Bear for moral support. He's up for re-election of county sheriff, but he faces stiff competition from a young rival, Branch Connally.
Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire
Bailey Chase as Branch Connally
Katee Sackoff as Victoria “Vic” Moretti
Adam Bartley as The Ferg
Cassidy Freeman as Cady Longmire
Lou Diamond Phillips as Henry Standing Bear
Honestly, from what I've seen of the promos, I'm already bored with how John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin have presented this new series. And I've read that the pilot is slow paced and dull. Which is a shame because the cast and talent is there. The setting is there. And the initial story was there as well.
In The Cold Dish, the reader is introduced to Longmire and the fictional Absaroka County, where he comes across the body of Cody Pritchard. Two years prior, Pritchard and three accomplices had raped a Cheyenne girl but were given suspended sentences. Although the reservation has its own police force and laws, Longmire must forge an uneasy alliance with them to solve the crime and to figure out if someone really has served revenge as a dish best served cold.
Johnson used his background in law enforcement, his home and the people around it to inspire his stories and characters. Johnson also observed how Wyoming law enforcement operates and communicates. For example, when one sheriff had to cross into another jurisdiction, the other offered to pay for the gasoline. Johnson really wanted to show how western law can be different from the Eastern cities, as patrolling a county the size of Vermont is very different from a metro city block. And beyond deep characterization , Johnson wanted to show the diversity of Wyoming and the cross-culture relationship between Longmire and the Reservation. The book immediately intrigues me, and I can see why A&E would adapt this for a series.
But why not just follow the novel?
I could be wrong, I could watch the first season and see there are elements of the novel throughout the episodes, but it seems more focused on a silly re-election. I do know there is a discovery of a body that leads Longmire to come at odds with Henry. Whether it's Pritchard remains to be seen.
A&E will air 10 episodes, beginning on June 3. As I said, be warned, the pilot may be slow but hopefully, it can pick up steam and capture the essence of the novel. If not, it'll be a shame as Craig Johnson deserves better.
Weeks ago, I reported that NBC is currently in production of a Hannibal Lector series, that would follow the lives of Lector and his one-time friend and ally, FBI Agent William Graham. Well, now Lifetime wants to produce a series that follows Clarice Starling. For those who are unfamiliar, Starling was played by Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs. Dr. Hannibal Lector assisted her in tracking down the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. The proposed series would follow Starling after she graduates from the FBI Academy. There are pros and cons around this idea. The pro being that Starling is actually a deep character, as author Thomas Harris intended. However, the problem could be, that it could just end up being a soft procedural show just with the Starling character filling in.
What I like about Lector and Graham is that Harris wrote up history between them, as Lector helped Graham track down various killers. But at the time, Graham was unaware that his friend was a cannibalistic killer. It seems there is a lot to work with, giving us terrifying killers and the suspense as Lector tries to hide his true nature from Graham.
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