‘Tulsa King’ Greenlighted for Season Two After Strong Premiere

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.”

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“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.”

Samba TV: ‘Yellowstone’ Season 5 Top Scripted Television Premiere of 2022

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+ to Debut Latest ‘Yellowstone’ Origin Story ‘1923’ Dec. 18

Paramount+ has announced a Dec. 18 U.S. and Canada premiere date for the new original drama series “1923,” the latest installment in the “Yellowstone” origin story.

The series will premiere the following day on Dec. 19 on Paramount+ in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Premiere dates for other Paramount+ international markets will be announced at a later date.

From Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan, “1923” introduces a new generation of Duttons. Led by Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton and Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton, the series will explore the early 20th century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression all plague the Mountain West and the Duttons who call it home. 

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In addition to Ford and Mirren, the series also stars Brandon Sklenar (“The Offer”), Darren Mann (“Animal Kingdom”), Michelle Randolph (“A Snow White Christmas”), James Badge Dale (“Hightown”), Marley Shelton (“Scream”), Brian Geraghty (“Big Sky”), Aminah Nieves (“Blueberry”), Julia Schlaepfer (“The Politician”) and Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”). 

“1923” is the latest addition to Sheridan’s growing slate on Paramount+, which, in addition to “1883” and “Mayor of Kingstown,” includes the upcoming series “Tulsa King,” “Lioness,” “Bass Reeves” and “Land Man.”

Writer Taylor Sheridan’s ‘American Frontier Trilogy’ Headed to Blu-ray Oct. 18

Three action films written by Taylor Sheridan (the writer behind TV’s “Yellowstone”) will be available in one collection in the American Frontier Trilogy, which arrives on Blu-ray plus digital Oct. 18 from Lionsgate.

In this trilogy of films written by Sheridan, an idealistic FBI agent teams up with a shady consultant to bust a drug lord (Sicario), a rookie FBI agent and a game tracker work to solve a girl’s murder on a remote reservation (Wind River), and a desperate father decides to rob the bank that’s trying to take his family’s land (Hell or High Water).

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Stars in the $19.99 three-film collection include Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, Avengers: Endgame), Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski, Crazy Heart), Academy Award  nominee Josh Brolin (Dune, Avengers: Endgame), Golden Globe Winner Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada, The Adjustment Bureau), Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, The Usual Suspects, Guardians of the Galaxy), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers” franchise, “WandaVision”), Chris Pine (“Star Trek” franchise, Wonder Woman, A Wrinkle in Time) and Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, The Messenger).

ViacomCBS: ‘1883’ Most-Streamed Original Series on Paramount+

“Yellowstone” writer and director Taylor Sheridan has a new hit with “1883,” a “Yellowstone” prequel filled with gunfights and drama that debuted Dec. 19 on Paramount+ and the Paramount Network.

Without disclosing actual data, parent ViacomCBS said “1883,” which stars Sam Elliott, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Billy Bob Thornton and Isabel May, among others, was the most-watched original program on Paramount+.

In a marketing effort to drive Paramount+ viewership, the show’s initial two episodes were made available on the Paramount Network, with nearly 5 million people watching it.

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“The results of ‘1883’s’ debut are truly phenomenal,” Tanya Giles, chief programming officer, ViacomCBS Streaming, said in a statement. “The day-one streaming numbers coupled with the results of the linear sampling effort, and social response from our audience show the tremendous promise for this series.”

Paramount+/Paramount Network previously debuted Sharidan’s “Mayor of Kingstown” on Nov. 14.

“The success of ‘1883’ is another proof-point of our unique model to leverage our linear platforms and franchise our biggest hits to supercharge Paramount+and it delivered big and shattered all records,” said Chris McCarthy, CEO of ViacomCBS Media Networks. “Given the tremendous viewership on Paramount Network, I’m confident our strategy of sampling on the Paramount Network will drive awareness and viewers to Paramount+.”

‘Yellowstone’ Creator Bringing Prequel to Paramount+ Under New Multiyear Deal

ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment Group have extended a production deal with “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan, whose first project under the new multiyear pact will be a prequel to the top-rated cable series.

“Taylor Sheridan is a visionary creative whose work has reinvented genres and amassed fan bases around the globe; we are thrilled he calls ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment his home,” Chris McCarthy, President of MTV Entertainment, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to build upon our partnership with him, expand the ‘Yellowstone’ universe and showcase Taylor’s boundless talent across all of our brands and platforms.”

The new series, produced by 101 Studios for the upcoming Paramount+ streaming service, will be called “Y: 1883,” and follows the Dutton family in the 19th century as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. A preview of the series aired during the Super Bowl Feb. 7.

The series follows a Paramount+ strategy directive to expand franchise opportunities for marquee properties. “Y: 1883” will be executive produced by Sheridan, John Linson, Art Linson, David Hutkin, Bob Yari and 101 Studios CEO David Glasser.

“I am excited to continue the story of ‘Yellowstone,’” Sheridan said in a statement. “And thank you to Chris, Keith and David for allowing me to keep on expanding the family for the fans.”

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The third season of “Yellowstone” had the most-watched season premiere on cable in two years, drawing 6.5 million total viewers in live +3 tracking.

As part of his new ViacomCBS deal, Sheridan will create multiplatform content with MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios that will be exclusive to ViacomCBS, including but not limited to Paramount Network, Paramount+, CBS and other VCBS brands and platforms. The deal calls for five cycles per year of scripted and procedural series.

“Taylor Sheridan is a master at world-building and has a singular voice that makes him one of today’s standout creators making must-watch content,” Glasser said in a statement. “Our mission at 101 is to produce content that provokes culture conversations with renowned creators at the helm of our projects, and that is exactly what we envision for this collaboration. This deal is an extension of our longstanding relationship with both ViacomCBS, MTV Entertainment Group and Taylor and we are very much looking forward to our future projects.”

Paramount+, a re-branding and expansion of the current CBS All Access Platform, launches March 4.

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First Season of Costner’s ‘Yellowstone’ Arrives on Disc Dec. 4

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.