Paramount has announced that the final episodes of the hit show Yellowstone will be delayed once again, with Season 5, part two now set to air in November 2024. Alongside this news, Paramount revealed that it has given the green light to two Yellowstone spinoff series, titled 1994 and 2024. Both spinoff series will be produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios. These two new shows will join the previously announced Yellowstone spinoffs 1883, 1923, and Lawmen: Bass Reeves on the streaming service Paramount Plus.
Another spinoff titled 6666 is still in development. Chris McCarthy, the president and CEO of Showtime & MTV Entertainment Studios, expressed his excitement about the expanding franchise, stating that within five years, Yellowstone has grown from a hit cable show with five million viewers to a global franchise with over 100 million fans worldwide.
The decision to extend the franchise comes after the network had announced in May 2023 that Yellowstone, created by Taylor Sheridan, would be concluding after Season 5. The final season had been divided into two parts, with the first eight episodes airing between November 2022 and January 2023.
However, production of the remaining episodes was delayed due to the writers and actors’strikes, which have now been resolved. Kevin Costner, the show's lead actor, testified during a child support hearing on September 1, 2023, that he left the show after being offered a sixth season due to failed negotiations. According to Costner, he was offered less money and there were creative issues.
In court documents, he also stated that he is no longer under contract for Yellowstone. While the final episodes of Yellowstone are delayed, Costner has been busy working on his four-part feature film, Horizon, which is set to be released in theaters this summer. The first chapter will be released on June 28, 2024, followed by the second chapter on August 16, 2024. The film is a saga of interconnected storylines. Costner expressed his excitement about the project in a 2022 interview with Variety.
With the extension of the Yellowstone franchise through spinoff series and the ongoing success of the show, it is clear that Paramount sees the potential for further growth and exploration of the beloved franchise.