A&E Gives Series Pickup to 'Longmire' Western

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The drama, starring Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips and Cassidy Freeman, will debut in 2012.

A&E has ordered contemporary crime thriller Longmire to series.

The drama, about a widowed sheriff in Absaroka County, Wyoming, has been granted a 10 episode order. 

The project, set to premiere sometime next year, stars Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), who will play a deputy opposite Robert Taylor's mid-western sheriff. Also attached are Lou Diamond Phillips (Stargate Universe), Bailey Chase (Saving Grace) and Cassidy Freeman (Smallville).

The series, which hails from the Shephard/Robin Co. and Warner Horizon Television, will be directed by Greg Yaitanes (House) and written by Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny and Craig Allen Johnson. The latter also wrote the the Walt Longmire book series on which the show is based.