Saturday, June 15, 2024

Yellowstone Is a Soap Opera Backstage: No Main Cast Showed Up, Kevin Costner or Creator Taylor Sheridan, for Planned Hollywood Panel Discussion


What if “Yellowstone” gave a party and no one showed up?

That’s what happened on Saturday at the PaleyCenter in Los Angeles. “Yellowstone” was supposed to be the subject of a panel discussion with all the players present including Kevin Costner and show creator Taylor Sheridan.

But all of the big players including those two did not show up. And yes, people paid good money for tickets. The only people who did appear were Josh Lucas (Young John Dutton), Wendy Moniz (Lynelle Perry), Mo Brings Plenty (Mo), and Dawn Olivieri (Sarah Atwood). A network exec arrived and said the rest of the gang, including Kelly Reilly and Wes Bentley, had “scheduling conflicts.”

The real conflicts, however, are between Costner and Sheridan, who are not speaking to each, I’m told. Neither they nor the main cast could be expected to field questions about Season 5, Part 2, which the cast that did participate said had not started filming. They also said there was no start date. Season 5, part 2 is supposed to air this summer, so this means trouble is afoot.

If Paramount and the production company don’t sort all this out quickly, they’re going to have even bigger problems. Emmy campaigns will begin soon. If this cast can’t make it to industry Q&As, the party will be over.

Stay tuned…

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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