Yellowstone is an upcoming American television series created by Taylor Sheridan that is set to premiere on June 20, 2018 on the Paramount Network.
Yellowstone follows "the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park. It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny — where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both."
In 2013, Taylor Sheridan began work on the series, having recently grown tired of acting and begun writing screenplays. Having lived in the rural parts of states such as Texas and Wyoming, Sheridan purposely set the series in Montana and went about writing the first scripts in Livingston.
On May 3, 2017, it was announced that the Paramount Network had greenlit its first scripted series, Yellowstone. Paramount issued a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series is set to be written, directed, and executive produced by Sheridan. Other executive producers include John Linson, Art Linson, Harvey Weinstein, and David Glasser. Production companies involved with the series include Linson Entertainment and The Weinstein Company.
In October 2017, it was announced that following reports of sexual abuse allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, his name would be removed from the series' credits as would The Weinstein Company as well. On January 15, 2018, Kevin Kay, president of Paramount Network, clarified that Yellowstone will not have The Weinstein Company's credits or logo on them, even though that company was involved in production. Furthermore, he stated that their intent is to replace Weinstein Television with the company’s new name in the show's credits when available. On January 15, 2018, it was revealed at the annual Television Critics Association's winter press tour that the series would premiere on June 20, 2018.
On May 15, 2017, it was announced that Kevin Costner had been cast in the series lead role of John Dutton. In June 2017, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, Wes Bentley, and Kelly Reilly joined the cast as series regulars. In July 2017, Kelsey Chow was reported to have been cast in the main role of Monica. In August 2017, Dave Annable, Gil Birmingham, and Jefferson White were added to the main cast while Wendy Moniz, Gretchen Mol, Jill Hennessy, Patrick St. Esprit, Ian Bohen, Denim Richards, and Golden Brooks were set to recur during the first season. In November 2017, Michaela Conlin and Josh Lucas were added to the series in a recurring capacity. Finally in December 2017, Heather Hemmens was announced as having joined the cast in a recurring role.
The series went into production in August 2017 at the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana which is standing in as the home of John Dutton. Filming also started that month near Park City, Utah. The production is using all three soundstages at the Utah Film Studio in Park City, which is a total of 45,000 square feet. The building also houses offices, editing, a huge wardrobe department and construction shops. By November, the series had filmed on more than twenty locations in Utah, including the Salt Flats and Spanish Fork. In addition filming had also taken place at various locations in Montana. Production was reportedly set to last until December.