Ranching and western shows like “Yellowstone” are performing better and better across cable and streaming. NBC wants to hop on the bandwagon now with “Unbroken,” which features Bakula as well as Anna Wood, Amanda Payton, Delon de Metz, and Oluniké Adeliyi.
Per Deadline, Shaun Cassidy wrote and produced Scott Bakula’s new show. You might know Cassidy from shows like “Blue Bloods” and “New Amsterdam,” which he produced.
The synopsis for the new show reads, “In ‘Unbroken,’ three dynastic ranch families on the central coast of California make love and war in a passionate struggle to survive, ultimately setting the stage for a group of fiercely determined young women to win big for all at the National Championship of Rodeo.”
Sounds like an emotional and action-packed time. And based on the description of Scott Bakula’s character, it actually doesn’t sound too far off from “Yellowstone.”
Deadline describes Bakula’s character Ash Holleran as “a retired saddle bronc rodeo champion who’s desperate to hold on to the California ranch that’s been in his family for generations. With neighbors encroaching, and his winery and trail riding businesses barely turning a profit, Ash and his extended family will be forced to dig deep to find a road back to the life they once knew.”
In a statement about the new show, Scott Bakula said, “I’m thrilled to be working with Shaun Cassidy and NBC. Shaun has created a rich and complicated world, led by a patriarch struggling to hold on to his family’s 100-year-old ranch while managing a variety of surprises. He wrote a great pilot script that touches on many relevant issues of today, yet has deep roots in Americana. It’s a character I haven’t played before and I can’t wait to get back in the saddle again.”
How Will This New Show Differ From What Scott Bakula’s Already Done?
It’s a pretty big claim from Scott Bakula, to declare this is a character he hasn’t played before. “In Quantum Leap,” we saw him play a brilliant genius and scientist. In “NCIS: New Orleans,” we saw him take charge as squad leader. And in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” Bakula perfected the role of a daring captain and space explorer.
Perhaps this new role shows a more grizzled side of Bakula. Or we’ll see a different emotional side of him, focused on family. We don’t have quite enough knowledge of “Unbroken” yet to make a fair assessment.
But we can’t wait to see Scott Bakula tackle this new role with energy and enthusiasm. Check back here for more info on “Unbroken,” Bakula, and other news from hit shows.