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Paramount announced new details this week about its "Yellowstone" spinoffs.
The "Yellowstone" season-four finale was the biggest cable telecast since 2017.
Its creator, Taylor Sheridan, is making more shows for Paramount+.
Paramount Network's "Yellowstone" is easily the biggest hit on cable TV, and the network renewed the series for a fifth season earlier this year.
The show's season-four finale was watched by 9.3 million viewers on January 2 — the biggest cable telecast since 2017. It's also up substantially from the 5.2 million viewers who tuned in for the season-three finale the day it aired.
Other data shows that "Yellowstone," which stars Kevin Costner as a powerful rancher, has grown its audience with each season.
Parrot Analytics measures audience demand, which accounts for the interest in and engagement with, or overall popularity, of a TV series. According to Parrot Analytics, audience demand in the US for the full season-four run was:
32.7% higher than season three's demand
126% higher than season two's demand
134% higher than season one's demand
But "Yellowstone" is only one series from its creator, Taylor Sheridan, who is developing several other projects, including ones that expand the "Yellowstone" franchise.
Paramount Global — the Paramount Network parent company formerly known as ViacomCBS — announced new details for its "Yellowstone" universe, including that Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren would star in the prequel "1932."
Two other Sheridan shows have already premiered on Paramount+.
Paramount is betting on Sheridan as a brand for its streaming platform, even though the streaming rights for "Yellowstone" belong to NBCUniversal's Peacock, which landed the series in 2020. (Paramount+ launched in March 2021.)
So the first four seasons are available on Peacock; new episodes air on Paramount Network; and spinoffs are set for Paramount+.
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The Paramount+ Sheridan strategy has been successful so far.
After the "Yellowstone" prequel "1883" debuted on Paramount+ in December, the streamer said it was its most watched original-series premiere yet.
After it debuted, "1883" was 10.7 times more in demand than the average series in the US, on par with "Yellowstone" season one, according to Parrot Analytics.
And "Mayor of Kingstown," another Sheridan-created Paramount+ series, was 19.2 times more in demand than the average series in the US after debuting in November, Parrot Analytics said. That's closer to the demand for "Yellowstone" season three.
The figures indicate that the "Sheridan universe" has potential to help Paramount+ grow its subscriber base. In Q1 this year, Paramount said the service added 7 million subscribers and now has a total of 40 million.
Below are all the series that Sheridan is making, and has already made, for Paramount beyond "Yellowstone," in alphabetical order:
"1883" was a prequel to "Yellowstone" starring Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill.
The series concluded earlier this year. In February, Paramount had said that it had ordered more of "1883," without announcing a season-two renewal.
Producer David Glasser later told Insider that fans shouldn't expect a season two, but that the story would continue. He said that fans can view the "Yellowstone" spinoffs as an anthology series.
On Tuesday, that was put in perspective when Paramount announced that its series about Bass Reeves, the first Black deputy US marshal in the American West, would be titled "1883: The Bass Reeves Story."
"1883: The Bass Reeves Story" (Paramount+)
David Oyelowo is set to star as the title character, who was the first Black deputy US marshal in the American West.
Initially announced as "Bass Reeves," Paramount revealed the full title on Tuesday to be "1883: The Bass Reeves Story," indicating it to be an "1883" spinoff. The company had previously said it had ordered more of "1883" without saying it had renewed the series for a second season.
"1932" will follow another generation of the Dutton family during the Great Depression.
Paramount announced on Tuesday that the series would star Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren.
"6666," based on the historic Texas ranch that showed up in "Yellowstone" season four, is a spinoff of the series that's in the works.
"Land Man" (Paramount+)
"Land Man" is in the works with Billy Bob Thornton in talks to star. It's based on a Texas Monthly podcast about the oil business.
Nicole Kidman and Zoe Saldana are in talks to star in this series about female marines. The producer and actor Jill Wagner is producing with Sheridan.
"Mayor of Kingstown" (Paramount+)
Season two of "Mayor of Kingstown," which stars Jeremy Renner, is in the works. The streamer says the series "follows the McLusky family — power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry."
"Tulsa King" (Paramount+)
Sylvester Stallone is set to star as a New York City mobster who relocates his family to Kansas City, Missouri. Sheridan is executive producing, while "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terence Winter is on board as the showrunner.
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