Thursday, November 2, 2023

Paramount Network Picks Up Additional 'Yellowstone' Prequel; Spinoff Gets New Title

Paramount Network has today announced the premiere window for the final episodes of its original drama series Yellowstone, ordered yet another prequel, and shared a new title for the forthcoming contemporary spinoff.

The second half of Yellowstone's fifth season was previously announced to be its final run. The drama was originally set to conclude in November 2023. However, production has not yet commenced on those episodes due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike against the AMPTP. Now, the cable network is plotting a November 2024 perch for when the veteran series will conclude its run. Moreover, it will be followed by the launch of its contemporary spinoff in December - with that series now operating under the 2024 working title.

Elsewhere, the network has picked up the Yellowstone prequel series 1944 - following in the footsteps of Paramount+'s 1883 and 1923. Notably, this would be the first prequel to air on the linear network instead of debuting exclusively on the streaming platform. Meanwhile, it's unclear if 1944 is imagined as a limited run like 1883 or a multi-season venture like 1923.

Casting for 1944 and 2024 will be announced at a later date. It was previously rumored that some of the series regulars from Yellowstone could transition to 2024 upon the conclusion of the original series. No deals have yet been confirmed.

Original series creator Taylor Sheridan created both new series. He will executive produce with John Linson, Art Linson, David Glasser, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari. All Yellowstone series are 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," said Chris McCarthy, President and CEO, Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios. "On the heels of 1883 and 1923's success, our new planned spinoffs, 1944 and 2024, will take audiences on a thrilling, new and unexpected journey with the complex and compelling storytelling that has become a hallmark of the franchise and has helped turn it into a worldwide cultural phenomenon - thanks to the creative mastermind of Taylor Sheridan."