The concluding installment of the Paramount Network series “Yellowstone” has been moved to November 2024.
Originally slated to premiere later this year, the six-episode second-half of the fifth season of “Yellowstone” saw a shift in production schedules due to the actor and writer strikes.
“Yellowstone” chronicles the Dutton family 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.
The “Yellowstone” saga will also continue to grow with two additional spinoffs, which have been given the working titles of “1944” and “2024.” Previous spinoffs have included the prequels “1883” and “2023.”
“Yellowstone” was created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, and is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios.
“Within five years, we grew Yellowstone from a hit U.S. cable show with five million viewers into a global hit franchise with over 100 million fans around the world and multiple extensions — and, we’re just getting started,” Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios, said in a statement.
Episodes of “Yellowstone” are available for streaming on Universal’s Peacock following airing on the Paramount Network. The “1883” and “2023” prequels debuted on Paramount+.
The “2024” series is reportedly a continuation of the main show, with star Kevin Costner’s lead character replaced by a new character to be played by Matthew McConaughey.
Paramount Network May 5 announced a new, untitled “Yellowstone” sequel from creator Taylor Sheridan — a further expansion of the “Yellowstone” universe — has been greenlighted straight-to series.
The cast will be announced shortly, according to the company.
The new series will premiere in December on the Paramount Network and later on Paramount+ following the final cycle of “Yellowstone,” which will debut in November.
Season 5A of “Yellowstone” garnered more than 17 million total viewers.
Both shows are produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios.
“’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,” Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios, said in a statement.
“The Dutton story continues, picking up where ‘Yellowstone’ leaves off in another epic tale,” David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to bring this new journey to audiences around the world.”
“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, 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.
Paramount Global has greenlighted a second season of the Sylvester Stallone series “Tulsa King” after it topped yearly linear cable series debuts and drove Paramount+ its the highest single day of sign-ups ever.
The series, which debuted Nov. 13 on both Paramount+ (two episodes) and Paramount Network (as a sneak peek of episode one), is an American crime drama created by Taylor Sheridan (“Yellowstone”) in which Stallone plays a mafia capo.
“Tulsa King’s” linear preview on Paramount Network made it the biggest new series premiere of 2022 across cable with 3.7 million total viewers, besting “House of the Dragon” and “The Old Man.”
“‘Tulsa King’ scored as the No. 1 new series of the year, topping all others including the ‘Game of Thrones’ sequel ‘House of the Dragon,’ with its preview on Paramount Network, and on Paramount+, it shattered records, driving us to our biggest new sign-up day in history — which is why we instantly greenlit season two,” Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios, said in a statement. “’Tulsa King’ together with ‘Mayor of Kingstown,’ ‘1883’ and the upcoming ‘1923,’ undeniably confirm the success of our strategy to franchise ‘Yellowstone’ and use it to supercharge streaming growth — none of which would be possible without the creative mastermind of Taylor Sheridan.”
“With the combination of the incomparable Sylvester Stallone and Taylor Sheridan’s darkly comedic twist on the beloved mobster genre, we have found our latest hit in ‘Tulsa King,'” Tanya Giles, chief programming officer of Paramount Streaming, said in a statement. “The series’ premiere on Paramount+ helped drive a record sign-up day fueled by our unique ability as Paramount Global to tap into Paramount Network’s incredible ‘Yellowstone’ audience.”
“We could not be more excited about the success of ‘Tulsa King,’” David C. Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, said in a statement. “It’s a fun, fresh show that audiences are truly embracing in no small part because of its star, Sylvester Stallone. We are thankful to Chris McCarthy and MTV Entertainment Studios for their continued support and we are looking forward to getting back on set for season two.”
Kevin Costner’s popular Montana-based drama “Yellowstone” continues to resonate among viewers. More than 12.1 million people watched the season five premiere episode on Nov. 13 on Paramount Network. New data from Samba TV found that 5 million U.S. households watched first episode during the live-plus-seven-day window — the largest scripted TV episode in 2022.
Midwestern cities over-indexed based on viewership. Of the top 25 largest designated market areas, St Louis, MO, over-indexed the most (+35%), followed by Cleveland, Ohio (+26%), and Pittsburgh, Penn. (+21%). By comparison, coastal cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York all under-indexed.
“‘Yellowstone’ continues to tap into the passions of a broad swath of viewers throughout the American Midwest hungry for western-themed genres that have been largely underrepresented on television in recent years,” Ashwin Navin, co-founder/CEO of Samba TV, said in a statement.
The series, which airs live on the Paramount Network, in addition to ancillary pay-TV channels, follows landowner John Dutton (Costner), who has been elected governor of Montana, and his family as they try to protect their property against outside interests.
The series premiered the same day as showrunner Taylor Sheridan’s other series, “Tulsa King,” starring Sylvester Stallone in his first episodic TV show on Paramount+.
“It is clear that Paramount and Sheridan have built a robust franchise with an engaged fanbase that appears to be paying strong dividends with each new show and each new season,” Navin said.
Paramount Home Entertainment March 16 announced that Paramount Network and 101 Studios’ “Yellowstone” was the top-selling TV show in 2021 across both physical and digital transactional media.
Along with Marvel and DC, “Yellowstone” was one of 2021’s top three entertainment franchises in transactional ownership. Cable’s top series generated more than $100 million in consumer spending, and season four of the show was the top TV release on digital last year. Season four arrived on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 8, generating the highest first-week physical sales for a TV series since the final season of “Game of Thrones” in December 2019.
The SAG, PGA and Emmy Award-nominated “Yellowstone” continues to be a massive hit. In 2021, the series was the top-rated show on television, excluding news and sports among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. The show has been renewed for a fifth season on Paramount Network.
The series, co-starring Keven Costner, made its domestic debut in June 2018 and was followed by a home entertainment release in December. As the show’s popularity has grown, so have sales of subsequent seasons, with the first four seasons having sold well over 2 million units on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. to date.
“We are thrilled to be part of the phenomenon that is ‘Yellowstone,’” Bob Buchi, president of Worldwide Home Entertainment at Paramount Pictures, said in a statement. “The passion from the show’s fans is undeniable, and the support from our digital and physical retail community has been tremendous. As fandom continues to grow, we look forward to bringing Taylor Sheridan’s iconic series to people who want to relive the experience again and again via home entertainment.”
Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, the series is a family drama that follows the epic story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. Other cast members include Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham, Gil Birmingham and Will Patton.
One positive trend that has emerged during the pandemic, home entertainment studio executives say, is that consumers seem to be gaining a better understanding of the difference between transactional and subscription streaming and are realizing that not everything they might want to see is available on Netflix or the other big SVOD services.
“Because consumers are spending so much watching digital video at home, they are acutely aware of which titles are available on the various platforms,” says Jason Spivak, EVP of U.S. distribution at Sony Pictures Television Distribution.
“It has become clear that consumers sheltering at home not only have become increasingly engaged in our catalog offerings to keep entertained, but also have progressively grown to become more savvy in navigating the spectrum of formats,” says Hilary Hoffman, EVP of global marketing, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “As such, we have continued to invest and reward consumers to stay engaged in the category and have been working in lockstep with our digital and physical retail partners to ensure that we remain hyper-focused on delivering the broadest access and best possible in-home experience.”
“Consumers have become much more receptive to different price points,” adds Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s senior EVP of worldwide marketing Lexine Wong. “They realize not everything’s on Netflix, and it’s worth it to them to pay a transactional amount for something they really want to watch. They really have embraced all the ways to consume digital video.”
That includes the physical disc. “We are encouraged by the resilience,” Spivak says. “When you think of the structural impediments, stores being closed, online ordering taking longer to fulfill — consumers who love the physical disc are persevering and that business is holding up quite well.”
Studios were fortunate that two of the biggest retail sellers of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, Walmart and Target, were able to remain open throughout the pandemic because they also sell groceries and thus were deemed “essential” businesses. Alanna Powers, SVP of brand marketing, catalog, at Paramount Home Entertainment, says studio marketers have already met with Walmart to discuss fourth-quarter plans, with a focus on catalog.
“We went through a whole planning session with the Walmart team,” Powers says.
But the biggest lift to DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, studio marketers say, comes from e-commerce sellers such as Amazon.
“We’ve seen quite a boom in e-commerce,” Powers says. “Initially we were unsure about the supply chain and how retail would react, but we kept all our new-to-Blu-ray titles on the calendar and saw a very positive response so we’ve continued to fill the slate with additional titles.”
Indeed, in addition to monthly waves of “Paramount Presents” releases, Paramount recently has come out with a 25th anniversary edition of the Alicia Silverstone comedy Clueless and 40th anniversary editions of horror classic Friday the 13th and John Travolta’s Urban Cowboy. Clueless and Friday the 13th also are available in limited edition steelbooks.
“We’re really leaning more into the collector’s market,” Powers says. “That’s where e-commerce really shines.”
It’s not just movies, either. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment enjoyed a banner spring with TV product, says Jeff Brown, EVP and GM, Television. “The second quarter was a panacea for transactional television content, physical as well as digital,” Brown says. “Our business grew over 40%, year on year. And if you exclude ‘Game of Thrones,’ which had an extraordinary performance last year with the final season broadcast and transactional release, our business nearly doubled. This really shows peoples’ appetite for television content, and while obviously stay-at-home behavior contributed to this, there were several other opportunities we were able to capitalize on.”
One was the fact that Warner now distributes TV content from HBO and Turner digitally as well as physically.
Another is a strong slate of product, released just in time for viewers to enjoy while encouraged by state and local governments to stay in their homes. “Our top drivers included ‘Rick and Morty,’ ‘Friends’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ as well as the animated original movie titles Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, which was probably our best-performing DC animated movie since Batman: The Killing Joke and Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge,” Brown says.
The third factor behind Warner’s strong TV quarter is a series of “Entertaining the World” promotions, Brown says, with a menu of promotional actions for digital retailers such as Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and FandangoNow.
“We promoted shows such as ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ ‘Two and a Half Men,’ ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘The Wire,’ and Hanna-Barbera and DC animated classics,” Brown says. “We were able to look at the total Warner-HBO-Turner TV and animation library and come up with compelling retail programs, and we coordinated this on a semi-monthly ‘wave’ basis to provide an abundance of promoted content to retailers in a timely manner.”
Editor’s Note: This is part three in a four-part series, “Restocking the Shelves: With No Theatrical Releases, Studio Home Entertainment Marketers are Getting Creative.” The complete story will be available in the July print and digital editions of ‘Media Play News.’
Viacom International Media Networks and Virgin Media Oct. 7 announced an expanded content distribution agreement for the United Kingdom and Ireland.
In addition to live, on-demand and streaming rights to MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Paramount Network, the new deal includes access to Pluto TV — the $340 million ad-supported VOD service Viacom acquired earlier this year.
The Pluto brands includes Pluto TV Drama, Pluto TV Romance and Pluto TV Crime, among 60 channels.
“This renewed and broadened partnership with Virgin Media speaks to the strength of our brands and content, as well as our investment in new streaming apps, which will allow Virgin Media customers to access their favorite Viacom content in new ways,” Arran Tindall, SVP, commercial and content distribution, for Viacom International Media Networks, said in a statement.
The deal also includes first-time Virgin access to Viacom’s U.K. apps My5 (Channel 5, including content from A+E and PBS America)) and MTV Play.
The pact includes on-demand access to U.K. reality series “Geordie Shore,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Paw Patrol,” among others.
“This is great news for our customers who can continue to enjoy Viacom’s diverse range of channels and content,” David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media, said. “The inclusion of three brand new apps will give our customers greater flexibility to watch their favorite shows at a time that suits them.”
Paramount Home Entertainment will release Yellowstone: Season Two on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 5.
From writer-director Taylor Sheridan, ”Yellowstone” is a family drama about a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. In Season two, John (Kevin Costner), Kayce (Luke Grimes) and the rest of the clan battle constant encroachment from ruthless enemies on all sides.
The three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets include all 10 hour-long episodes from the second season, plus more than three hours of additional content.
Extras include deleted scenes, a “Behind the Story” featurette for each episode, “Stories From the Bunkhouse” for each episode, and featurettes “Inside Yellowstone: Season 2,” “Costner on Yellowstone: Season 2,” “Working the Yellowstone: Fight Choreography,” “Only Devils Left — Making Yellowstone: Season 2” and “Yellowstone Tintype Photography Behind the Scenes.”
The show has been renewed for a third season on Paramount Network. The season two finale airs Aug. 28.
Season one of writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s family drama “Yellowstone,” starring Kevin Costner, arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 4 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The hit Paramount Network series chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. The cast also includes Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Danny Huston, Gil Birmingham, Brecken Merrill and Jefferson White.
The disc versions include more than 80 minutes of bonus materials, including new interviews with Costner and Sheridan.