How Yellowstone Became America’s Biggest TV Hit – Yahoo Movies Canada | Episode Movies

  • yellowstone is a TV juggernaut in North America and slowly gaining traction in the rest of the world

  • The fifth season of the western, starring Kevin Costner, premieres November 14 on Paramount+

  • The show, which attracts millions of viewers, has already spawned three spin-offs

  • We take a look at the show’s rise to the top

Kevin Costner as John Dutton in yellowstone. (parent)

Come early summer 2018 and you might think that two major screen careers have passed their peak.

Take Kevin Costner, for example. Once the biggest movie star in the world and commander of eight-figure salaries (without a decimal point), he now seemed an actor far better suited for supporting roles.

His last big screen lead role back then in the film criminal, had hardly lit the world. Great curves with lower bills in the manner of Hidden Numbers and Molly’s game seemed to fit better.

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Writer/director Taylor Sheridan, meanwhile, was becoming frustrated with movies. He, too, was successful and received an Oscar nomination for the film hell or flood. But his next wind flow – accidentally got caught up in the downfall of the Harvey Weinstein empire and failed to achieve the success it deserved.


LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Taylor Sheridan and Kevin Costner attend the

Taylor Sheridan and Kevin Costner visit the yellowstone World premiere, 2018. (Getty Images)

Both needed a new plan. Sheridan had been toying with a new direction for a while, pitching his idea for a show back in 2013. Costner, too, had already appeared on the small screen — when it was less fashionable for movie stars — in the acclaimed miniseries Hatfield & McCoys.

However, the couple agreed to get together for the first time yellowstone, an unconventional TV show not unduly billed as a modern western. One dear to the heart of the Dutton family as they struggle to keep their state’s largest ranch afloat.

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Easier said than done given the pressures of the neighboring reservation, local politics and the fact that the Dutton family is a bit, well, “difficult”.

(Top tip: If they invite you to Christmas dinner, it might be an idea to choose a plan B.)


Yellowstone S5 (Superior)

Kevin Costner a yellowstone S5 (parent)

It took a while for the show to get the green light, but Costner agreed to take the lead when the show finally got the support of the Paramount Network. It then debuted on June 20, 2018, and early signs were…well…it was.

Reviews were mediocre, reviews were ok. Then there was the fact that the show didn’t drop all episodes at once, that it was set in a seemingly dying genre, and that didn’t set social media on fire either.

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However, the Paramount Network thought it might have something here. A second season was ordered within weeks. The whole world might not have noticed, but Paramount had a hit on its hands. Even today, no one doubts it: within a few years, it was touted as America’s most successful show.

At the point we’re at now, with the season five premiere, it’s going to be even more than that.


Yellowstone (Superior)

Yellowstone (Superior)

If an article could reveal the secret of its success, then the price per word for that piece would be far more expensive than it is. But still, there are clearly contributing factors.

for one thing yellowstone is a very American story. In an age where shows are put together for universal appeal, that doesn’t seem to be the case here. The show Has traveled the world, but it was both a side effect and the gist of it.

His politics were also readily discussed and it feels like they’re swimming against the tide. There’s a school of thought – one that Sheridan actively counters – that the show is sort of a right-wing version of another modern day TV juggernaut, successor. Sure the shows have overlapped – a patriarch in recent years eyeing someone to take over the family business – but in truth they’re different beasts.

Kelly Reilly (second from left) at Yellowstone.  (parent)

Kelly Reilly (second from left) walks in yellowstone. (parent)

But perhaps there is something more fundamental here. Maybe, you know, is it just good? It’s compelling enough to make you want to come back to it every week. It has ups and downs, though yellowstone has never been less than consistently entertaining, with a darn good ensemble cast (of which Kelly Reilly – from Britain – is the clear breakthrough) who happen to be in terrific shape. There’s room for the main actors, there’s room for the character actors. And the whole thing – immersed in a landscape not often seen on television – is beautiful to behold.

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The Sheridan-written episodes – and there are many of them – feel like the show at its strongest. There are moments when between the family fights, the murders, the cattle and the fine collection of hats, it gets a bit like a soap opera. But guess at your own risk: you’re never far from one Dutton finding a way to harm another.


Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton and Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton in 1923 streaming on Paramount+ 2022. Credit: James Minchin III/Paramount+

Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton and Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton in 1923. (James Minchin III/Paramount+)

The debut of the fifth season is now taking place yellowstone not just one of America’s top drama shows, but one of the strongest television franchises in the country.

Yes, there is a universe of shows here. The first spin-off 1883landed in late 2021, with Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford taking the lead in the coming year 1923. Another current spin-off will be added in 2023. It was not for nothing that Paramount even considered one at some point yellowstone-certain TV station.

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It decided against it, but whatever. Sheridan – who remains in control of the franchise – isn’t losing his sleep over it. Instead, he’s busy writing, producing, and directing. And his main character? Costner has taken over the success yellowstone — and season five alone is set to gross him nearly $20 million — and go back to a movie set. He’s become a bit like James Cameron and is directing several new Western films under the name horizon.

And who knows? Still, Sheridan and Costner might be tempted to take the Duttons to the movies too.

Stranger things have happened…

yellowstone Stream S1-4 on Paramount+. S5 from yellowstone begins November 14 with two episodes on Paramount+, with new episodes weekly.

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