“Yellowstone” has officially been renewed for season 5 while “Mayor of Kingstown” is coming back for season 2 as Taylor Sheridan continues to rule TV…
To absolutely no one’s surprise, “Yellowstone” is returning for season 5 on the Paramount Network.
While a renewal was seemingly a foregone conclusion, especially considering pre-production had already started, the official announcement was made on Thursday.
“Yellowstone’s record-breaking performance proves we’ve tapped a cultural nerve and unleashed a passionate audience from the center of the country to each of the coasts,” Chris McCarthy, President and CEO, ViacomCBS Media Networks, said in a statement.
“Kevin Costner leads our incredible cast who make the Duttons America’s favorite family and, this new season is sure to be another one fans won’t want to miss.”
“Yellowstone” follows the Dutton family, who control 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.
The series has been a smash hit for the Paramount Network while remaining the highest rated show on cable. This past season, “Yellowstone” earned over 14 million viewers for the season debut while the season 4 finale drew more than 15 million viewers.
In addition to the news about the series renewal, “Yellowstone” has upped to cast members to series regular status as Jen Landon and Kathryn Kelly join the show on a full time basis for season 5. Landon plays foul-mouthed ranch hand Teeter while Kelly first appeared in season 4 as a veterinary technician named Emily, who eventually gets engaged to Jimmy (played by Jefferson White).
“Yellowstone” was co-created by Taylor Sheridan, who has an overall deal at Viacom with another of his series also picked up for another season earlier this week.
“Mayor of Kingstown,” which stars Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner in the lead role, will return for season 2 after becoming the most watched original series on Paramount+.
The series follows Mike McLusky — a power broker who tries to maintain a delicate balance between law and order and the criminals in a town fueled by the prison industry.
Those two shows co-created by Sheridan area also joined by “1883,” which is a prequel to “Yellowstone” that is still in the middle of its first season on Paramount+. There’s no word yet on that show receiving a renewal order, although it’s tough to imagine Viacom won’t pull that trigger once the first season is completed.
“Yellowstone” is expected to return to the Paramount Network in late 2022.