Yellowstone Officially Canceled at Paramount. New Sequel Show Ordered Straight-to Series
Paramount has officially confirmed that Yellowstone will end after season 5 with an immediate sequel show ordered straight to series
Yellowstone is officially coming to a close with Season 5. Paramount’s flagship series has cemented itself as the brand’s gold standard. One that has propagated multiple facets to an ever-evolving story. But recent turmoil behind the scenes has reportedly created a rift between series mastermind Taylor Sheridan and star Kevin Costner. And now, the series has officially been put out to pasture with the final episodes premiering in November.
But there is a silver lining to the unfortunate news. The streamer has announced that a sequel series, rumored to star Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has been given the straight-to-series marching order. The new series will have Yellowstone in its title and will premiere in December on Paramount Network and later on Paramount+ following the epic, final cycle of Yellowstone. Just weeks after the flagship closes the bunkhouse doors for the last time.
Although the new series is being fast-tracked, no casting details have been announced. Though the streamer has confirmed that it will spill the beans shortly. But with it being eyed as a sequel series, it’s safe to assume that many of the series’ iconic characters will be on hand to make the transition. After all, what would Yellowstone be without Beth Dutton and Rip?
How the sequel series will relate to the Dutton legacy remains to be seen. But with Costner now stepping down from his role as the head of the Dutton family, perhaps a new Dutton from the extended family will arrive to take the reins of the ranch.
“Yellowstone has been the cornerstone on which we have launched an entire universe of global hits – from 1883 to Tulsa King, and I am confident our Yellowstone sequel will be another big hit, thanks to the brilliant creative mind of Taylor Sheridan and our incredible casts who bring these shows to life,” said Chris McCarthy, President & CEO Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios.
“The Dutton story continues, picking up where Yellowstone leaves off in another epic tale. We are thrilled to bring this new journey to audiences around the world,” said David Glasser, CEO, 101 Studios.
Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Kevin Costner), who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and vicious business rivalries.
Yellowstone is co-created by Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Wind River, Hell or High Water and Sicario) and John Linson. Executive producers include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser, Bob Yari, Stephen Kay, and Christina Voros.
SEASON 5 AND BEYOND
Although the new series will be viewed as a welcome boost, Kevin Costner’s actions are bound to ruffle a few feathers. The actor is currently off filming Horizon but has refused to adhere to Sheridan’s shooting schedule. In recent months, even his co-stars have been drawn into the conflict but have been steadfast in their resolve to offer little or no comment. But their recent no-show at April’s PaleyFest in Los Angeles pretty much confirmed the behind-the-scenes drama.
Paramount has refused to comment on the level of Costner’s participation in the final episodes. Only to say that the final cycle of the series will roll out in November. The previous cycle, or season 5A as it’s been touted, continued to smash records with the premiere garnering over 17 million total viewers. Unleashing a passionate audience from the middle of the country to each of the coasts.
THE FUTURE OF THE DUTTON’S
Come what may, just having some iteration of Yellowstone in the pipeline is reason enough to celebrate. Fans can already look forward to the second and final season of 1923, as well as a third planned spin-off titled Lawmen: Bass Reeves. And although the cancellation of the flagship series will be a bitter pill to swallow – we can rest safe in the knowledge that the legacy of the Dutton family will continue. With or without Kevin Costner.
Yellowstone will conclude on Paramount+ in November.
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