Crime thriller gets 10-episode order

A&E has picked up drama pilot “Longmire” with a 10-episode order that the cabler has scheduled to air in 2012.

“Longmire” is a contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country, with a cast led by Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips, along with Cassidy Freeman and Bailey Chase. Greer Shephard and Mike Robin (“The Closer”) will exec produce, with “Closer” scribes Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny writing the pilot.

Series comes from Warner Horizon. Christopher Chulack (“Southland”) directed the pilot.

“Longmire” is positioned to become A&E’s third key drama after “The Glades” and “Breakout Kings,” which has been renewed for a second season.

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