‘Yellowstone’ TV: Production Designer Reacts To Show’s First Emmy Nomination

by Samantha Whidden

Following the news that Yellowstone received its very first Emmy nomination, Cary White, the Production Designer of the Western series, shared his excitement about the show even being considered for a nomination.  

During his interview with The Wrap, the Yellowstone production designer opened up about the nomination. “It’s a thrill and I’m very happy,” he explains. “‘Cause, it’s a great show. It deserves a little love.”

White further states that the nomination for Yellowstone is kind of like a Lifetime Achievement sort of thing for him. “Because I’ve been [in production] for a long time. It’s been, like, 25 years since I had the last nomination.”

White’s last nomination was for Anjelica Huston’s 1995 Buffalo Girls. Speaking about Yellowstone and its appeal, White states, “People have written the obituary for Westerns for a long time. And they keep coming back. I think, [Westerns] are as popular now as they’ve ever been. And yes. I’ve done quite a few.”

White further states that the show appeals to people, that mythology of the West. Good guys versus bad guys.

Yellowstone was nominated for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (1-hour or more). The show is competing with other popular series, which are Mare of Easttown, The Flight Attendant, Handmaid’s Tale, and The Undoing. 

‘Yellowstone’ Struggles With Production During COVID-19 Pandemic & Bad Weather Conditions

Also during his interview, White states there have been some issues with the Yellowstone production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were so delayed because of COVID that we had to a rushed schedule. And we doubled up on the shooting.”

White also says that several of Yellowstone’s units were shooting simultaneously and there is only one art department. Along with the pandemic, there were also weather issues as well. White recalls, “We were finishing up in October and there was a snowstorm. We had to adopt one location with a cabin in it that we planned on shooting. We couldn’t get there. The dirt roads were a mess. All in all, it was kind of a difficult season.”

White further explains that the production team has been lucky when it comes to finding locations for Yellowstone. “We found this ski shop and had to pull out all the counters and everything to create a loft for their bedroom. I was really delighted with the way it turned out and thought it had a lot of character and warmth.”

In regards to his work on the upcoming Yellowstone prequel 1883, White goes on to add, “I’ve been out scouting ranches all afternoon. It’s amazing what we’re doing. It’s feature quality. It shows there no difference between what you have seen on the big screen and what you see on television these days.”

Yellowstone season 4 is predicted to premiere sometime at the end of 2021. Paramount has yet to make an official statement about when the new season.