‘Yellowstone’ Is Ending

A ‘Yellowstone’ sequel has been confirmed.

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Lauren Jo Black

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May 5, 2023

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It’s official – Yellowstone is coming to an end after its fifth season, Paramount confirms.

Fans will bid farewell to the modern-day Western following the long-awaited debut of the second half of season five. The final episodes are set to air in November, however, that date is pending due to the current Writers Guild of America strike.   

In the official statement released by Paramount on Friday, the network also revealed that fans will be introduced to a new sequel series following the conclusion of Yellowstone

New Sequel Coming Soon

Photo Courtesy Yellowstone, Paramount
Photo Courtesy Yellowstone, Paramount

It’s rumored that the yet-to-be-titled series will star Matthew McConaughey. The network has yet to confirm any casting information, but President and CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios Chris McCarthy previously told The Hollywood Reporter that the network was proceeding with a series starring McConaughey. 

“’Yellowstone’ has been the cornerstone on which we have launched an entire universe of global hits,” McCarthy said on Friday. “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,”

Will Pick Up Where The Show Left Off

“The Dutton story continues, picking up where Yellowstone leaves off in another epic tale,” CEO of 101 Studios, David Glasser, added. “We are thrilled to bring this new journey to audiences around the world.”

Yellowstone; Photo Courtesy Paramount Network
Yellowstone; Photo Courtesy Paramount Network

Yellowstone is television’s top-rated show. It stars Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham, and Gil Birmingham. 

Additionally, CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Lainey Wilson, made her debut on the fifth season. 

It debuted on Paramount Network in 2018 and follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (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 America’s first national park.  

Faith Hill, Tim McGraw in 1883; Photo Courtesy Paramount
Faith Hill, Tim McGraw in 1883; Photo Courtesy Paramount

Inspired Several Spinoffs

Yellowstone has already spawned several spinoffs, including 1883, starring country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, 1923, and 6666.  

The news of Yellowstone’s ending comes just days after it was revealed that Kevin Costner’s wife had filed for divorce. The couple was married for 18 years. 

Yellowstone’s return has also been in limbo due to Costner’s schedule. He had reportedly stepped away from the show to film another Western entitled, Horizon

Photo Courtesy Yellowstone, Paramount
Photo Courtesy Yellowstone, Paramount

Lainey Wilson, who appeared on Season 5 as Abby, recently opened up about her possible return to the show while performing at Stagecoach. 

While chatting with Entertainment Tonight‘s Cassie DiLaura, Wilson said she hoped to get an update on the show directly from creator Taylor Sheridan.

“I’m planning on getting an update today,” Wilson said before adding, “Like, just tell me when man. Yeah, I have no clue what’s going on. I feel like I’ve learned that TV business is even crazier than the music business. And that’s the truth.”

Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy Yellowstone/ Lainey Wilson
Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy Yellowstone/ Lainey Wilson

The “Heart Like A Truck” singer detailed her time on set and said she enjoyed her time on the set of Yellowstone. 

“It’s crazy, you know? They’ve honestly just welcomed me with open arms. They have just treated me like one of their own. I didn’t really know what to expect, especially the first day on set, but they treated me with respect.” 

Fans can expect Yellowstone to return for its final run this fall. 

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.