‘Yellowstone’ TV: Kevin Costner Looks Forward to Memorial Day Weekend Marathon, Asking ‘Who’s Watching’

by Jennifer Shea

Kevin Costner is gearing up for the “Yellowstone” Every Episode Summer Bash on the Paramount Network. The “Yellowstone” star on Friday tweeted his support for Paramount’s Memorial Day weekend marathon.

“Who’s watching?” Costner tweeted, including the @Yellowstone promotional video for the marathon in his tweet.

The marathon kicks off with Season 1 on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. It runs all weekend on the Paramount Network.

‘Yellowstone’ Season 4 Premiere Is Fast Approaching

According to the Instagram account of the Chief Joseph Ranch, the real-world setting for the fictional Dutton ranch, the Season 4 premiere should be happening sometime this June. When Season 4 filming wrapped last November, the ranch posted a message saying the premiere is slated for next month.

Meanwhile, production on Season 5 has seemingly been pushed back until next autumn. This week, the Chief Joseph Ranch posted a note to Instagram. It advertised reservation availability for mid-June through September of 2021. That means the cast and crew of “Yellowstone” won’t be there – at least, not until after September.

Still, that’s not necessarily cause for alarm. “Yellowstone” location manager Mark Jarrett told the New York Post that “Yellowstone” had definitely reserved the Chief Joseph Ranch for at least five seasons. Moreover, in March, after Season 4 filming had wrapped, “Yellowstone” received a $50,000 grant from the Montana Film Office to film in Montana.

“We locked in use of the house for five seasons,” Jarrett told the Post. “The price structure grows with that. The deal that we made for the property was a monthly hold with daily fees attached. There would be a daily fee for construction on the property. If we were filming there would be another fee.”

There’s been no word yet from Paramount about a potential Season 5. But the Season 3 premiere and Season 3 finale shattered ratings records. And with “Yellowstone” growing in popularity, would Paramount really want to kill the golden goose so soon?

Series Co-Creator Taylor Sheridan Is a Busy Man

As fans have pointed out, one potential explanation for the delayed Season 5 production schedule could be “Yellowstone” co-creator and writer Taylor Sheridan’s work conflicts. Sheridan has many irons in the fire, from “Yellowstone” to new spinoffs “Y:1883” and “6666” to new series “Land Man” and “Mayor of Kingstown,” which he is directing.

And what does Sheridan think of the delay? No comment yet, but if there is a Season 5, it will be interesting to see a different side of Montana, being as how production would have to happen during colder months. Sheridan told Deadline last year that the show’s backdrop is integral to “Yellowstone”’s appeal.

“I think that the look of the show makes it feel very different from television,” Sheridan said. “We shoot it like a movie. We let the landscape be a character in it.”

And fortunately for fans, “Yellowstone” will be available on Paramount, in all its cinematic glory, for the duration of Memorial Day weekend.