The second episode of Paramount Network’s new contemporary Western series, Yellowstone, airs tonight (10/9c). Created, written & directed by Taylor Sheridan, Yellowstone is set in modern-day Montana and stars Kevin Costner as ranch owner John Dutton. With growing pressures against the borders of his land, Dutton and his adult children face off against land developers, an ambitious Native American chief seeking territorial redress, and the national park of Yellowstone itself.

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By the end of the first episode, serious legal and familial complications arose for the Duttons after an aborted attempt to retrieve stray cattle from neighboring Indigenous land. According to Nielsen data, some 2.8 million watched that first episode on June 20th, and were joined by another 2 million “delayed viewers” in the week after. That total (of almost 5 million) made Yellowstone the most-watched original series telecast for the both Paramount and its previous form, Spike TV. The following behind-the-scenes gives further insight into the first episode (note: spoilers):

Yellowstone was filmed in both Montana and Utah. Sheridan has received high acclaim for his earlier “neo-Western” films, Hell or High Water (2016), and Wind River (2017).

Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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