YellowstoneLatest News and Opinion
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
Yellowstone flirts with big ideas about the West, but it's overwhelmed by daddy issues, land-grab intrigue and intra-family drama
Sicario and Hell or High Water writer Taylor Sheridan's new Paramount TV series, which he co-created with John Linson and starring Kevin Costner as wealthy cattle ranch owner John Dutton, "has a few interesting things buried within. But you need to dig through a lot of drab, hard-packed filler to get to them," says James Poniewozik. "The series seems to do that almost inadvertently, and only partially." But the Yosemite becomes yet another show revolving around a backstabbing wealthy family. "There’s nothing wrong, of course, with packaging deeper themes inside a genre story," says Poniewozik. "That was to some extent the approach of Mr. Sheridan’s film Wind River, a murder mystery set on a reservation. The Wire, likewise, delivered a five-season treatise on urban policy in the form of a police serial. But the A-story of Yellowstone is simply stale. Dutton is a hand-tooled role for Mr. Costner, but he’s not a charismatic villain in the throwback mode of Dallas, or a principled loner, or a complicated antihero. He’s just a corrupt grouch on horseback."
- Yellowstone's debut is reminiscent of Boardwalk Empire's pilot: Expensive to look at, painfully slow and lovingly violent
- A main problem is that Yellowstone characters are crafted primarily as symbols, rather than people
- Yellowstone gets bogged down in minutia and politics, making it as exciting as watching a zoning-commission meeting
- Yellowstone feels like a missed opportunity to do a show about wild country, instead of a family soap opera
- Kevin Costner is fairly effective and convincing as the gruff and dangerously influential Yellowstone Ranch owner
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Paramount Network unveils the official trailer for Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner
The drama about the owners of the largest ranch in the United States was created by Taylor Sheridan, who wrote Sicario and Hell or High Water. It premieres June 20.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 5:47PM EST
Watch Kevin Costner in the teaser trailer for Yellowstone
The Paramount Network series stars Costner as the owner of the largest ranch in the United States, with borders that are under constant attack by different groups.
Posted Monday 10/09/17 at 3:47PM EDT
Harvey Weinstein’s name to be removed from The Weinstein Company TV credits
Following Weinstein’s firing from The Weinstein Company on Sunday, the fallen mogul’s name has been expunged from upcoming Paramount Network shows Waco and Yellowstone, as well as docuseries Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.