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'Yellowstone' Officially Begins Production for Fifth Season, New Series Regulars Announced


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Yellowstone is officially returning for a fifth season, and the Paramount Network has announced that production has officially begun. All of our favorite characters are back up in Montana for filming, and there are a couple of exciting updates. Guest stars Jen Landon, who plays Teeter, and Kathryn Kelly, who plays Emily, have been upped to series regulars.

"Yellowstone's record-breaking performance proves we've tapped a cultural nerve and unleashed a passionate audience from the center of the country to each of the coasts," Chris McCarthy, President and CEO, ViacomCBS Media Networks, said in a statement. "Kevin Costner leads our incredible cast who make the Duttons America's favorite family and, this new season is sure to be another one fans won't want to miss."

Over the course of its four seasons, the series has remained a hit. The season four premiere had over 14 million total viewers and the finale delivered over 15 million total viewers.

"We are honored to be able to bring audiences another season of Yellowstone. The continued growth in viewership and the recent recognition from the guilds bolsters our commitment to continue to bring groundbreaking entertainment to audiences," executive producer David C. Glasser, 101 Studios, said.

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Cole Hauser, the actor who plays the beloved Rip Wheeler on the show, previously teased that creator Taylor Sheridan was working on season five during a 2021 interview with Kathryn Hall.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to Montana...I mean, season five is going to be wonderful. The way we ended season four, I can't give too much away, but the way season four ends I think the audience...I think you'll be happily surprised with a lot of things."

The one exciting spoiler that Hauser unintentionally revealed is that he would be coming back for the fifth season...so rest easy knowing that one of the best cast members on the show isn't going anywhere just yet. It's unclear what the future holds for some of the other series regulars though, such as Kevin Costner (John Dutton), Kelly Reilly (Beth Dutton), Wes Bentley (Jamie Dutton), Luke Grimes (Kayce Dutton), Gil Birmingham (Chief Thomas Rainwater), Jefferson White (Jimmy Hurdstrom) and Kelsey Asbille (Monica Dutton).

Whatever the future holds for Yellowstone Ranch, we feel confident that Taylor Sheridan will masterfully handle the storyline.

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Following the dramatic season three cliffhanger of a finale, Sheridan told Deadline that there's a possibility that the show would end after six seasons.

"Well, I know how it ends. I know how the series ends, and you have to move in a straight line toward that end. You can't walk in circles, waiting to get there, because the show will stagnate," Sheridan said. "So, you have to keep moving forward, and there have to be consequences in the world, and there has to be an evolution toward a conclusion. Can that be another two seasons beyond this? It could."

"I don't see this as a procedural show. So, it's not something that we could extend indefinitely. I don't think anyone would want to do that; you'd cheapen the product. I haven't had that conversation with the network or the studio yet. I'm sure it's coming, but I would think that you would want this to end on an upswing as opposed to a plateau or a descent."

As much as we don't ever want the TV show to end, his logic makes sense. You don't want to keep the story going unnecessarily because we want to see the characters have a strong finish. Hopefully, we'll get more information on what the future holds once the season five premiere date is released!

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July of 2021. It was updated on May 16, 2022, to reflect the official announcement that Yellowstone season five began production.

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