Premiere Date Revealed for ‘Yellowstone’ Spin-off, ‘1883,’ Starring Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Sam Elliot

It’s official – 1883, the highly-anticipated Yellowstone prequel, has a premiere date.  On Thursday (Aug. 19), Paramount+ revealed that 1883…


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August 19, 2021


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It’s official – 1883, the highly-anticipated Yellowstone prequel, has a premiere date. 

On Thursday (Aug. 19), Paramount+ revealed that 1883 will make its debut on Sunday, December 19. 

The show stars Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, with additional cast members to be revealed at a later date. 

According to a press release, “1883 follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land — Montana.”

Naturally, McGraw and Hill will play a couple: James and Margaret Dutton, the patriarch and matriarch of the Dutton family. Elliott will portray the role of Shea Brennan, a tough as nails, handsome cowboy with immense sadness in his past. 


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After the news of his casting was announced, McGraw took to social media to share his excitement over playing the role of James Dutton. 

“A lot of you probably have heard by now that we’re on to a new project and we’re pretty excited about it,” the superstar said. “Faith and I get to star alongside Sam Elliott I mean goodness gracious for the new Yellowstone prequel called 1883. It’s going to be a fantastic family saga about the original Duttons and their journey to Montana and how they founded the ranch up there.”

McGraw went on to comment on working with writer Taylor Sheridan and addressed fans’ questions about his new beard. 

“A lot of you asked about my beard, so now you know why,” he said with a smile. 

Hill also shared the news about 1883 on Instagram, with a boomerang of herself holding her script. 

“Finally the day has come when I get to share some exciting news with you,” she captioned the clip. “I will be playing Margaret Dutton, the original matriarch of the Dutton family in the Yellowstone prequel 1883. Just wait, you have never seen anything like this!”

1883 will be executive produced by Taylor Sheridan, John Linson, Art Linson, David Glasser, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.