Paramount Network has announced that its smash hit show “Yellowstone” starring Kevin Costner is officially finished.
The first part of the fifth season finished airing earlier this year but the second has yet to be filmed due to disputes behind the scenes.
The second part of the fifth season will now air in November and the final show will air in December, Paramount confirmed.
After that, it is curtains for the modern western that showed Hollywood that the “flyover states” can support a hit show.
“Yellowstone” had a huge early audience from the heartland and eventually caught fire on the coasts causing Hollywood executives to stand up and notice.
The show’s creator, Taylor Sheidan, expanded the “Yellowstone” universe with two hit spinoffs.
And there will be a third spinoff after the finale of “Yellowstone.”
Chris McCarthy, the president and CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios, said:
“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.”
There will be another sequel, however.
The new show is so far untitled but will have the name “Yellowstone” in it and it will have a huge star in the lead.
Matthew McConaughey is in talks to lead the show with many reports claiming it is a done deal.
David Glasser who produces the show with creator Taylor Sheridan said:
“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.”
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) May 5, 2023
‘YELLOWSTONE’ will officially end with Season 5.
A sequel series will premiere in December, with Matthew McConaughey in talks to star. pic.twitter.com/Ie2iKpawId
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) May 5, 2023
“Yellowstone” is officially coming to an end. https://t.co/7yK7AJVNY6
— Variety (@Variety) May 5, 2023
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Costner, who is currently off shooting his Western passion project, Horizon, has reportedly refused to work more than a single week on the back half of what is now the show’s final season.
In recent months, his co-stars have been tight-lipped about whatever behind-the-scenes drama was going on, with the main cast and Sheridan proving no-shows at April’s PaleyFest in Los Angeles.
Now, without offering any insight into Costner’s level of participation, Paramount says the final cycle of the series will roll out in November.
The previous cycle, or season 5A as it’s been billed, continued to smash records with the premiere garnering more than 17 million total viewers, an otherwise unfathomable number for a scripted cable series in the year 2023.