Has Yellowstone been cancelled?

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As we wait for updates about Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2, here’s everything you need to know about whether the series has been cancelled.

Yellowstone, Taylor Sheridan’s flagship western show, galloped to our screens at the tail end of 2022 with its biggest premiere yet.

But there have been lots of rumors surrounding the franchise since then, including claims of drama with Kevin Costner and the possibility of Matthew McConaughey stepping in.

Fans have been left wondering whether Yellowstone will be cancelled and continue through its various spin-offs. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Has Yellowstone been cancelled?

Yes, Yellowstone will end after Season 5 Part 2.

However, it’s not all bad news: a sequel series is on the way, with McConaughey expected to star in the lead role. It was once aiming for a premiere in December 2023, but this may be delayed due to the writers and actors strikes.

In a statement, Chris McCarthy, president & CEO of Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios, said: “Yellowstone has been the cornerstone on which we have launched an entire universe of global hits – from 1883 to Tulsa King, and I am confident our sequel will be another big hit, thanks to the brilliant creative mind of Taylor Sheridan and our incredible casts who bring these shows to life.”

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David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, also said: “The Dutton story continues, picking up where Yellowstone leaves off in another epic tale. We are thrilled to bring this new journey to audiences around the world.”

Episode 8 of the fifth season hit our screens on New Year’s Day, marking the show’s midseason break. Episode 9 is expected to arrive in November this year.

During Deadline’s Contenders Television panel on April 16, 2023, he said: “Taylor [Sheridan] is in Texas spinning hay into gold and we’re hoping we’re hoping we’ll do it soon. Everybody’s excited.”

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This comes off the back of several rumors about the show coming to a close. An earlier article from The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Costner has refused to commit “more than a single week” to finishing the season amid his work on his four-part Western epic Horizon.

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“Yellowstone’s second half of the season is supposed to begin filming in March, but sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that hitting that mark is looking increasingly doubtful,” the report said.

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“The dispute raises the startling possibility that the most watched drama on TV could end prematurely. (Sources say the show would not end immediately over a Costner exit.)”

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This was the first time McConaughey’s name entered the mix, floated as a possible replacement for Costner or the lead of a new show that’d take Yellowstone’s place. For example, Taylor Sheridan is developing 6666, a spinoff set on the titular Texas ranch earmarked for the Paramount Network, which seems like the perfect fit for the sequel series.

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Soon after, Costner’s attorney Marty Singer denied the rumors. “The idea that Kevin was only willing to work one week on the second half of Season 5 of Yellowstone is an absolute lie,” he told Puck News.

“It’s ridiculous — and anyone suggesting it shouldn’t be believed for one second. As everyone who knows anything about Kevin is well aware, he is incredibly passionate about the show and has always gone way above and beyond to ensure its success.”

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More recently, “numerous” insiders of the Paramount Plus show told the New York Post that Yellowstone is set to end after the fifth season, claiming that there’s been “friction” with Costner.

One “well-placed production source” said: “It’s the same as with any showrunner and big star – there’s respect, but there’s friction.”

Little is known about the sequel series, but we’ll update this space with more information when we have it. You can find our other Yellowstone content below:

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