‘Yellowstone’ TV: Taylor Sheridan Discusses Premise of New Show ‘Land Man’ Based on West Texas Oil Boom

by Suzanne Halliburton

Taylor Sheridan is fascinated by the booms and busts of the West Texas oil business. After all, the price of a barrel of crude can make or break entire towns.

That’s why he’s making “Land Man,” a new show that was announced Wednesday as part of Paramount+. Taylor Sheridan, who created Yellowstone, said he’s expanding his number of shows produced by his 101 Studios. The lineup also includes Mayor of Kingstown, a crime drama starring Jeremy Renner. There’s the Yellowstone spinoff 6666, about a long-time ranch in West Texas. Sheridan already announced the Yellowstone prequel, Y:1883.

On Land Man, Taylor Sheridan said “the oil boom and bust of West Texas. It really focuses on greed. The very best and the very worst of man, of humanity. And that is a story worth telling and exploring.” 

Obviously, Sheridan is entranced with West Texas, since two of his new shows are set there. And why not, it’s what he knows. Taylor Sheridan grew up on his family’s minimalist ranch in Cranfills Gap, a tiny dot of a town in Bosque County in Central Texas. He graduated from Texas State in San Marcos, outside Austin. And he now lives in Weatherford, west of Fort Worth.

Taylor Sheridan Has Plenty To Pull From For Engaging “Land Man”

You can become easily engaged with the Texas oil business. Its ebbs and flows rule the state’s economy. In fact, the nation’s energy industry started 120 years ago at Spindletop in Beaumont, a Texas town near the Louisiana border. But the business also grew hundreds of miles across the state in the oil gushers of the Permian Basin.

The Taylor Sheridan series Land Man is set “in the proverbial boomtowns of West Texas.” The show is described as a “modern-day tale of fortune-seeking in the world of oil rigs. The series is an upstairs/downstairs story of roughnecks and wildcat billionaires fueling a boom so big, its’ reshaping our climate, our economy and our geopolitics. Land Man will be executive produced by Sheridan and produced by David Glasser, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari.”

We don’t have any details on who might star in Land Man. But we know it will have an authentic feel as it tells the story of the Land Man, the person responsible for identifying where the oil might come from, then sealing the deal to get it.

Historically, Hollywood also is entranced with the state’s oil business, from the classic 1956 movie “Giant” with James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor, to Dallas, one of the most popular shows in TV history.

So, Land Man sounds like it will be a great show.