‘Yellowstone’ TV Spinoff ‘Y:1883’ To Begin Production in August in Texas

by John Jamison

The Season 3 finale of “Yellowstone” had the largest audience of any TV show in 2020. So the prequel spinoff “Y:1883” seems destined for success. And fans disappointed with the delay of the Season 4 premiere can take solace in the fact that the spinoff is kicking off production on August 23 in Texas.

Heck, it’s not entirely unrealistic to think that we might get the debut season of “Y:1883” and the new season of “Yellowstone” on TV at the same time.

Taylor Sheridan is currently the golden boy of Paramount. He has delivered nothing but hit projects. And he is also at the helm of the 19th century Dutton family’s story. The newest offering from the “Yellowstone” universe will reportedly tell the story of how the Dutton dynasty came to be in the days of the wild American frontier.

The official logline says it best. “Y:1883” will follow “the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land — Montana.”

And we know what you’re thinking. Would it be too much to ask for “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner to revisit his “Dances With Wolves” days and play one of his ancestors in the new show? As cool as that’d be for fans of the Montana ranching family, it’s not very likely. In fact, there is very little known about the “Y:1883” cast at present.

Hopefully, more details about who is involved will be available soon. After all, production is set to begin less than two months from now. And the “Yellowstone” spinoff will reportedly premiere sometime in 2021.

Taylor Sheridan, ‘Yellowstone’ Delays, and the Writer/Creator’s Busy Schedule

There are tons of rumors flying around regarding the delayed premiere of “Yellowstone” Season 4. Some have named the Summer Olympic Games as the culprit. The international competitions are set to begin in late July. So there could be some worry about viewership.

But it seems less likely when one considers the prospective timeline for Season 4. If Paramount was worried about competing with the Olympics, wouldn’t those same concerns apply to airing the show during the NFL season?

Of course, everything is a rumor at this point. But another possible source of delay could be Taylor Sheridan himself. He has previously assured “Yellowstone” fans that he can crank out episodes at will. And he likely completed the writing for Season 4 months ago. His schedule, however, has become increasingly busy as of late.

It’s possible that between the “Y:1883,” “Mayor of Kingstown,” and the movies he’s worked on recently, Sheridan is simply behind on the “Yellowstone” season.

But we can speculate about the reasons for days. Only time will tell. And only patience will get us to the Season 4 premiere in one piece.