Saturday, April 20, 2024

Taylor Sheridan Doing a Thinly Disguised Riff on “Dallas” with Jon Hamm, Billy Bob Thornton, Demi Moore in Oil Rich Texas


We’ve probably been here before, but what the heck.

Taylor Sheridan has plenty of shows cooking and shooting despite all the chaos with “Yellowstone.”

Now he’s a got a new series called “Landman” (terrible title) based on a Texas Monthly project called “Boomtown” (better title).

“Landman” sounds more like “Dallas” than any of Sheridan’s other projects. Set in West Texas, the official release describes “Landman” as “an upstairs/downstairs story of roughnecks and wildcat billionaires fueling a boom so big, it’s reshaping our climate, our economy and our geopolitics.”

The stars are Jon Hamm, Billy Bob Thorton, Demi Moore, and Ali Larter. Hamm will play Monty Miller (like JR Ewing maybe), “a titan of the Texas oil industry who has a long personal and professional relationship with Tommy Norris [Cliff Barnes?], played by Thornton.” The series is already filming in Fort Worth, Texas. It will be shown Paramount Plus. Hamm is coming off a hit run as a lawman on “Fargo,” so he’ll be more cowboy hat than ad man.

Let’s hope it has some of the humor “Dallas,” sorely missing from Sheridan’s other shows.

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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