'Yellowstone' Renewed for Season 2 at Paramount Network
Paramount Network is one-for-one with scripted series developed specifically for the former Spike TV.
The rebranded cable outlet, which launched in January, has handed out a second-season renewal for the Kevin Costner-led drama Yellowstone. Production on the second batch of 10 episodes will begin shortly in Utah and Montana for a 2019 premiere.
The news comes a month ahead of the Aug. 22 season one finale of the series from writer and showrunner Taylor Sheridan (Wind River, Sicario). The role marks Costner's first TV series regular part.
Yellowstone launched June 20 to a network-best 5.3 million total viewers. Season to date, the family drama ranks as cable's most-watched series behind AMC juggernaut The Walking Dead. Season to date, Yellowstone is averaging 5 million total viewers and a 1.4 among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.
The Yellowstone renewal should be considered a win for Paramount Network, which rebranded as Viacom's general entertainment destination. The cabler, led by Kevin Kay, launched with the scripted mini Waco (which recently earned three Emmy nominations), followed by the scripted comedy American Woman. Paramount Network had planned to bow its controversial take on Heathers as its third scripted foray, but pulled the drama following a mass school shooting that left 17 dead before ultimately deciding to scrap the series. (It has been sold internationally after multiple U.S. outlets, including Netflix, Freeform and USA Network, all passed on airing it.)
When they sent me Yellowstone, I freaked out because the show’s writer-director, Taylor Sheridan, is my favorite living writer. I went to the store, got a cowboy hat, and gave it my best. I made a tape at home, mostly because I didn’t want to go in and screw it up in front of a casting director. Taylor called me two days later, and I was so nervous, all I could do was giggle.
You grew up in Dayton, Ohio. That is nothing like Darby, Montana, where you film the show.
Well, growing up in Ohio, I hunted and did stuff like that. In Montana, there are hardly any people. Just land. You’ve got to figure out your outdoor activities real quick or you’re going to be in trouble.
Where was your first date?
I met my first girlfriend at church camp. My dad’s a pastor. I went to Christian schools and Christian everything until I moved to New York. My first girlfriend’s dad was also a pastor. We weren’t really allowed to date, but we were a little sneaky. We found a way.