‘Yellowstone’ Official Trailer Starring Kevin Costner | Paramount Network
Academy Award Winner Kevin Costner stars in ‘Yellowstone,’ an original television series following the violent world of the Dutton family, owners of the largest ranch in the United States. ‘Yellowstone,’ from Taylor Sheridan, the writer of ‘Hell or High Water’ and ‘Sicario,’ also features Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Gil Birmingham, and Cole Hauser. Yellowstone Wednesdays 10/9C on Paramount Network.
Yellowstone is a drama series that follows the Dutton family, led by patriarch John Dutton. The Duttons control the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. and must contend with constant attacks by land developers, clashes with an Indian reservation and conflict with America’s first national park.
On May 15, 2017, it was announced that Kevin Costner had been cast in the series lead role of John Dutton. In June 2017, it was reported that Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, Wes Bentley, and Kelly Reilly had joined the cast as series regulars. On July 13, 2017, it was announced that Kelsey Asbille had been cast in a main role. In August 2017, it was reported that Dave Annable, Gil Birmingham, and Jefferson White had been added to the main cast while Wendy Moniz, Gretchen Mol, Jill Hennessy, Patrick St. Esprit, Ian Bohen, Denim Richards, and Golden Brooks were joining the cast in a recurring capacity. In November 2017, it was announced that Michaela Conlin and Josh Lucas had been added to the cast in recurring roles. On December 19, 2017, it was reported that Heather Hemmens was joining the cast in a recurring capacity. On June 13, 2018, it was announced that Barret Swatek had been cast in a recurring role.
Principal photography for the series began in August 2017 at the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, which stands in as the home of John Dutton. Filming also took place that month near Park City, Utah. The production used all three soundstages at the Utah Film Studio in Park City, which is a total of 45,000 square feet. The building also houses offices, editing, a huge wardrobe department and construction shops. By November 2017, the series had filmed in more than twenty locations in Utah, including the Salt Flats and Spanish Fork. Additionally, filming also took place at various locations in Montana. Production was reportedly set to last until December 2017.
The series’ score was composed by Brian Tyler who worked with musicians from the London Philharmonia Orchestra and viola, cello, and violin soloists. On August 17, 2018, the soundtrack for the first season was released by Sony Music.
The series has been met with a mixed response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 51% approval rating, with an average rating of 5.86 out of 10 based on 35 reviews. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Yellowstone proves too melodramatic to be taken seriously, diminishing the effects of the talented cast and beautiful backdrops.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 53 out of 100 based on 26 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews.”
The two-hour series premiere of Yellowstone averaged 2.8 million viewers in live + same day and became the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on Paramount Network (or its predecessor Spike). The premiere audience grows to nearly 4 million when the two encore airings of the premiere are factored in. The premiere audience more than doubled that of Paramount Network’s first scripted drama series, Waco and more than tripled the debut viewership of Paramount Network’s new comedy series, American Woman. It was later reported that the premiere’s Live+3 Nielsen ratings revealed that 4.8 million viewers ultimately watched the premiere after delayed viewing was factored in. By the series’ third episode, it was reported that the show had become the second most watched television series on ad-supported cable to air in 2018, only behind AMC’s The Walking Dead.
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