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'Longmire' is premiering June 3 on A&E !!!

Not so sure about the casting ...  My mind has them all looking very different ...  We'll see ... 
 
 
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Thanks for the head's up!

The characters of Vic and Henry Standing Bear are totally not how I picture them.
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i agree jeff,    henry's character is NOT going to be well represented.......i understand that maybe there are not many Indian actors,  but who says they couldnt find a new actor to play him,   but Lou doesnt fit the role.    and im not sure about Vic either,  but we will see.   cant wait to see this series.


BTW  dont forget the Hatfields and McCoys mini series starts tonight!!   looks like itll be good.



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Yes, Vic and Henry were the two that stood out the most for me also ... Vic shouldn't be blonde and Henry needs to be a big guy ...  I have to give them a shot tho, hoping for the best ...
 
I won't be watching until the DVD's come out unless I can view online ... My cable package is a 'thrifty' one ...  lol ... 

Unfortuately I won't be viewing the Hatfield's and McCoy's either ... Looks good too ...




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I was disappointed that Vic's character is blonde but if the actress can pull off the attitude, I will be happy.  As to Henry, I like Lou Diamond Phillips and I'm hoping he will be a good Henry, despite the physical differences.  My main concern is Walt.  I really hope Taylor can get close to my vision of Walt.

 

Craig Johnson is signing books at an Omaha bookstore Thursday evening.  That is the only evening that I work and we are short one person already.  There was no way I could get off work to go.  Sigh...

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I was disappointed that Vic's character is blonde but if the actress can pull off the attitude, I will be happy.  As to Henry, I like Lou Diamond Phillips and I'm hoping he will be a good Henry, despite the physical differences.  My main concern is Walt.  I really hope Taylor can get close to my vision of Walt.

 

Craig Johnson is signing books at an Omaha bookstore Thursday evening.  That is the only evening that I work and we are short one person already.  There was no way I could get off work to go.  Sigh...



thats horrible Betty!!!!    to know he is so close and not be able to go.....he is a great guy to meet in person,  always has a good story or two to tell.. ive seen him twice now and thoroughly enjoyed both visits.

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Yes, I agree, Craig Johnson is a great guy to meet in person.  So is his wife.  And yes, I too am avidly awaiting the TV showing.

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I've watched the first episode and have mixed feelings.  Taylor's Walt was fine, but you have to keep in mind this is the depressed Longmire of The Cold Dish, not the later, funny one.  Couldn't decide how I felt about Lou Diamond Phillips, he was not in it that much.  Sackoff's Vic is pretty good, no surprise to anyone that has seen her as Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica.

My big concern is that the show isn't very funny.  That's fine for the first episode since Walt is supposed to be depressed at that point.  I had a journalist friend who was interviewing the writers ask them if they plan to work in more of the humor in the future and they said that the humor in the books is solely in Longmire's narration, so it wouldn't show up as much on screen.  To me, that humor is the soul of Longmire's character and the way he views the world.  It scares me that the writers don't see that as important. 

We shall see.
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i was late to the party and have only read Hell is Empty, but i have the Cold Dish on hold at the library as he has many many fans on this board.  like Keys i do not have  A & E with my basic cable package so i will likely have to wait until the season is over.  does anyone know how many episodes this series will be?

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Craig Johnson's Post - It ...

 

            This Sunday, June 3rd, the first of ten episodes of Longmire will debut on A&E at 10pm EDT, and I’m just hoping I can watch it.

 

            Having your books turned into a television series is pretty weird, and the only way I can describe the experience is that it’s something like having a houseplant in your house for eight years and suddenly having it start talking to you one morning--wondrous, but weird. The weirdness started when I walked on the set and saw the county designation 24 on the Wyoming license plates for the fictitious, Absaroka County (Wyoming has only 23 counties).

 

             Later, I was having a hard time concentrating on what Robert Taylor, the actor who plays Walt, was saying in the back of the sheriff’s cabin in the Bandolier National Forest above Los Alamos on the first day of shooting. I kept staring at the elk horn handles on Walt’s .45 Colt just like the ones my buddy Richard Rhoades (the model for Omar) had made for me, and the Ray-Ban sunglasses like the ones I’ve worn my whole life.

 

              I was finally aware that Robert had been talking to me for about ten minutes, describing to me the innermost aspects of the sheriff’s character. He paused and laughed at himself, “I can’t believe I’m standing here telling you about Walt Longmire.”

 

             The Longmire novels are written in first-person, which means that the sheriff is never very far from my thoughts or narrative. I tend to refer to Walt as a detective for the disenfranchised, a man whose secret weapon is his compassion for the less fortunate or forgotten members of society. I think he has an empathy for the outsiders because, in a sense, he’s one himself; a rogue male somewhat driven off from the herd, even if it is a self-imposed exile.

 

             Another thing I like about him is his ability to surprise me. I was talking to Greer Shephard, the producer of the A&E series based on the books, and she asked me if I thought of Walt as being a verbose person and I said yes. She told me to go through one of my books and highlight his dialogue, what he actually says… She was right; he thinks a great deal but doesn’t say much—it was a genuine revelation.

 

              Robert got called onto the porch where they were shooting the scene with Cassidy Freeman, who plays Cady, Walt’s daughter. They ran the lines a few times and then started filming the scene where Cady gently rakes him over the coals for not doing something with the tea tin that contains her mother’s ashes, “Dad, people want to know where they can go to pay their respects, and I can’t tell them to go stand in front of the refrigerator.”

There I was watching the first scene of the television show adapted from my books being filmed.

 

            Then something strange happened.

            My eyes started welling up, and I had to turn away and walk off the set.

           There was something about watching these characters, these people I’d created, going about their lives and discussing the innermost workings of their hearts that hit me like a war lance. I went up on the hillside and just stood there breathing.

I’m hoping to do better come Sunday night.

 

See ya on the trail.

 


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I know one thing for sure, I have to read this series fast, before it gets on Australian TV!
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ok Longmire just ended,   and although i had some reservations about the series,   i absolutely loved it,    they really capture Walt very well.   although Vic is not a black haired Italian in the show,   if she had black hair she would be a perfect Vic.      this looks like it will be a perfect show for me to watch every sunday.   really really liked it,   and now i have a really good visual picture of Walt.   works well

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I'm glad to hear this Mike ...  I was worried but now I will get the DVD's for sure ... 

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I was really happy with Longmire, too.  Robert Taylor plays Walt very well and, even though Katee Sackhof isn't a brunette, she sure got Vic's attitude right.  I liked the little details, like Walt mentioning that the sheriff's office was originally a library. 

 

Lou Diamond Phillips is a good Henry, even if he doesnt' fit my vision of the character.  My husband watched it with me and was positively drooling over Henry's Dodge truck!

 

Can't wait to see it again next week.

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Hate to be a stick in the mud, but I didn't like any of the character portrayals. You would never know that Walt and Henry were best friends.
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I saw about half the episode and liked it. I think Vic is done well and to me the color of her hair is immaterial. Maybe its easier for me to accept changes because this isn't a series that I love. I've read 3 or 4 of the books and like the characters but the writing doesn't connect with me. Love the intro song, Steve Earle I believe.

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I thought the same thing Travis....it sure sounded like Steve Earle to me. 
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It is Steve Earle, "Transcendental Blues"

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Craig Johnson Post-It ...  Longmire 4.1
 

             In Santa Fe, New Mexico on Sunday night, June 3rd, the newly scripted A&E television series Longmire debuted at the home of actors Adam Bartley (the Ferg) and Bailey Chase (Branch Connally). The producers were there, continuity experts, transportation teams and the actors, all in a somewhat tense mood, wondering how America would respond to a new, old-school western.

            Katee Sackhoff (Vic) couldn’t stand it and went back to her home to watch alone, a tradition she’s kept with other shows in which she’s been involved. Cassidy Freeman (Cady) was cooking up a marvelous pot of chili as only a good, Montana girl could and the whole group was plied with leftover beers from the crew party a week previous.

            When the show started, cheers went up with the appearance of every name, including mine—Based on the Walt Longmire Mysteries by Craig Johnson. It had been a long and bumpy road getting Walt onto the small screen, but Greer Shephard, John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin had kept faith with the stalwart sheriff, and here we were.

            I watched for a few moments and then noticed that the big dog, Robert Taylor (Walt), was standing outside drinking a beer and looking rather like the ol’ sheriff as he watched the elusive sunset.

I walked outside and joined him. “How you doin’, Robert?”

            His voice rumbled in his chest, and he smiled. “Can’t watch it, you know—something weird about watching yourself on TV.”

            I nodded. “I’m hoping you’re going to have to get used to it.”

            He sipped his beer. “How do you think they’re going to respond?”

            I shrugged. “Anybody that was going to snipe at us out of the grass would’ve been the critics and most of them have had their say.”

            He shook his head. “Not them, the readers.”

            I turned and looked at him. “Of my books?”

            “Yeah.”

            The small glimmer of platinum on the western hills flickered like a lining. “I don’t think you have anything to worry about.”

            Longmire opened to a premiere audience of 4.1 million viewers, the highest rated scripted drama in A&E’s entire history—and some of those were you. Thanks.

See you on the trail,

Craig

 

The second episode of Longmire is on this Sunday at 10pm EDT, 9pm Central and 8pm MST.


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                                FOR ONE DAY ONLY

                     SATURDAY, JUNE 16

                                  eBook Special


THE eBOOK OF THE COLD DISH, THE FIRST TITLE IN THE WALT LONGMIRE MYSTERY SERIES, IS AVAILABE FOR ONLY $2.99 (REGULAR PRICE $12.99) AT AMAZON KINDLE STORE, http://www.amazon.com, BARNES & NOBLE NOOK BOOKS, http://www.barnesandnoble.com, APPLE IBOOKSTORE, http://www.ibookstore.apple.com, AND KOBO, http://www.kobo.com

 

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday so this is an opportunity to get your father, grandfather, uncle, son, nephew, or good friend started on the series. Or if you’ve lent your book and you can’t remember to whom or just if you want to re-read and don’t want to mess up your print copy. It’s a Penguin gift to all you readers, so take advantage. I amJ THE COLD DISH was published Jan. 3, 2005. It’s been 7 plus years and eight books down the road. Thanks for being such loyal and devoted followers. Walt’s a good guy—catch him in print, on audio, in ebooks, and on A&E, Sunday nights 10/9c/8m

See you on the trail, Craig

 

 


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i am just curious as i am not able to watch the series right now, but are the episodes self contained or is their one story/case taking up the 10 episode season?

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There have only been two but they have been self contained.
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gotcha, thanks

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I only caught one.  Is the daughter's boyfriend who I think it is?  Seems that while each episode is probably self contained like Jeff says, there seems to be a possible continuing thread, but that is my opinion based only on the one episode that I saw.


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Duh!!!  That was a silly comment.  Of course there's a continuing thread, for it is a series.  Sometimes I amaze myself with my ignorant comments.
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