Friday, April 12, 2024

“Yellowstone” Final Episodes Coming a Year from Now, But Better Show — “Bass Reeves” — Starts Sunday


“Yellowstone” will not return until one year from now.

The troubled Kevin Costner series won’t drop new and final episodes until November 2024. That’s because of the two union strikes, but also because creator Taylor Sheridan has been locked in a public fight with Costner.

How will Sheridan kill off Costner’s John Dutton? Costner demands he goes out a hero. Sheridan would love to drop a house on him.

Meanwhile, a much better Taylor Sheridan series — maybe his best — arrives this Sunday on Paramount Plus. It’s called “Bass Reeves,” stars David Oyelowo as a Civil War slave who became a famous law man. Oyelowo is outstanding in the title role but it’s also the production — the writing, design, cinematography — that is levels above “Yellowstone” or any of its spin offs — that makes it special.

As for “Yellowstone,” there are two more spin offs — “1944” and “2024” — the latter which might star Matthew McConaughey. But whole frenzy about the original series is over.

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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