11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Yellowstone' Renewed for Season 2 at Paramount Network
Paramount Network is one-for-one with scripted series developed specifically for the former Spike TV.
The rebranded cable outlet, which launched in January, has handed out a second-season renewal for the Kevin Costner-led drama Yellowstone. Production on the second batch of 10 episodes will begin shortly in Utah and Montana for a 2019 premiere.
The news comes a month ahead of the Aug. 22 season one finale of the series from writer and showrunner Taylor Sheridan (Wind River, Sicario). The role marks Costner's first TV series regular part.
Yellowstone launched June 20 to a network-best 5.3 million total viewers. Season to date, the family drama ranks as cable's most-watched series behind AMC juggernaut The Walking Dead. Season to date, Yellowstone is averaging 5 million total viewers and a 1.4 among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.
The Yellowstone renewal should be considered a win for Paramount Network, which rebranded as Viacom's general entertainment destination. The cabler, led by Kevin Kay, launched with the scripted mini Waco (which recently earned three Emmy nominations), followed by the scripted comedy American Woman. Paramount Network had planned to bow its controversial take on Heathers as its third scripted foray, but pulled the drama following a mass school shooting that left 17 dead before ultimately deciding to scrap the series. (It has been sold internationally after multiple U.S. outlets, including Netflix, Freeform and USA Network, all passed on airing it.)
Paramount Network next has its inclusive reboot of First Wives Club in the works as casting is already underway on the take from Girls Trip's Tracy Oliver.