One year ago, Yellowstone first premiered on the Paramount Network and soon after that, it became an overnight sensation. It wasn’t clear at first if this was going to be more than just a single season, but the results were too big for the network to ignore.
Now, the Kevin Costner series is coming back with another complex narrative, one in which we see John Dutton’s life go topsy-turvy as his land and empire finds itself threatened once more. This is a season that should further dive into his soul.
So how does Costner approach doing the show? As it turns out, he doesn’t really think about doing television versus film. He just thinks about the end product. That’s something that he discussed in a new interview on CBS This Morning today:
“I tried to put the audience on my shoulder the first time I read the script. You go to the TV, you go to the movies for something. When the lights go out, you want to just be transported. And so, when I read a script, I feel myself being transported – suddenly we’re in Bitterroot Valley, the same valley that Lewis & Clark went down.
“People are reminded once again when they watch that these places still exist. You can get caught up in what you do, but quite a lot of history went down out there. I don’t think we ever tire of seeing running rivers and valleys and mountains, and if you can set a drama against all that, it’s fun. If you can set a boy-girl movie against minor league baseball in ‘Bull Durham,’ it’s fun!”
Visually, there’s no doubt in our mind that this show is going to be visually stunning — the larger question is if it can live up to some of the season 1 expectations. What Costner brings to the table here is a sense of Western credibility. He’s been in this genre before, he knows how to ride a horse with the best of them, and it was his name recognition that first got people on board. What Paramount has here is a show that is a little bit of a self-starter. He’s someone who viewers will watch for, and they don’t even have to be altogether familiar with anything else in order to get excited.
We’re also very intrigued by the show’s popularity this time just because viewers have had a good nine months or so to catch up on the first season. Because Yellowstone was on a network so unknown to a lot of people last year, it may still have more of a ceiling that it can reach. We’re thinking of this summer as the real testing ground for how big and how notable it could ultimately be – and if you’re not watching and you love a show with a good Western feel like Longmire then this is a great show to dive into.
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