Thursday, May 23, 2024

Stallone First TV Vehicle, “Tulsa King,” Panned by Critics, Kept Away from Ratings on Streaming Platform


Did you know Sylvester Stallone was on TV? No?

That’s because his first ever series, “Tulsa King,” is streaming only. Paramount TV is keeping it away from the dangers of low ratings. You will not find it on the Paramount Network, like its cousin, “Yellowstone.”

Paramount didn’t want to take any chances — especially since the show has not been received warmly by critics. It sits at a lowly 62% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Stallone’s had a wild summer. For the “Tulsa King” premiere he had to repair his family. His wife of 25 years, Jennifer, filed for divorce this summer. She and Sly really went at it. But cooler heads prevailed when someone realized that “Tulsa King” publicity rounds were coming. Sly didn’t need those nasty questions. So the Stallones are one big happy family again. For now.

We will never know the reality of “Tulsa King” viewership. Apparently, the premise is Tony Soprano arriving in Oklahoma. Really The real Tony Soprano didn’t know where Oklahoma was, and didn’t care. Bada bing!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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