I don’t watch the sow “Yellowstone.” I know a lot of you do, and that’s great. But it’s not a “conservative” show, the way many say it is. I’d say it’s more a “guys” show, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Heck, more power to you if you can find half-way decent shows on TV these days that aren’t overflowing with “woke” nonsense. It’s getting harder to find non-liberal stuff. But now, there’s a possible big issue when it comes to Yellowstone… thanks to DIVA Kevin Costner, the show is actually hanging in the balance.
Yahoo News reported that Yellowstone has gained a massive following over five seasons, largely thanks to Costner’s turn as patriarch and ranch owner John Dutton. Under the hand of Taylor Sheridan, the series has expanded its initial audience of around 3 million viewers to a whopping average of 7 million to 8 million. Because of Yellowstone, Sheridan has expanded his collaboration with Paramount, contributing to the company’s streamer with similarly gritty all-American shows like Mayor of Kingstown, Tulsa King, and Yellowstone spinoffs 1888 and 1923.
But Costner seems to have the opposite relationship with Paramount. According to Matthew Belloni at Puck, Costner demanded $1.2 million per episode for the 16-episode fifth season (for reference, on Succession, Brian Cox makes around $400,000 per episode) and is threatening a $1.5 million cost per episode if there’s a sixth season.
To make matters worse, Costner has allegedly fled from the set several times, before he’s finished shooting his scenes for blocks of the second batch of Season 5 episodes. The show has reportedly struggled to make up for lost time with Costner—he’s allegedly only offered around a week of dates in the summer of 2023, with a few days left for pick-ups in the fall. Delays have resulted in the second half of Season 5 being pushed to November, but that’s originally when Season 6 was meant to premiere.
And the piece goes on to say that the cast, crew, execs, and even Sheridan himself are nit big fan of DIVA Costner and his “frustrating” huge ego.
What would if Costner leaves the show?
It would be a huge problem and the show would likely go down the drain at rapid speed.
It’s a shame that Kevin appears to be such an egotistical jerk. But when you think about his support for Liz Cheney, it kind of makes all makes sense.