‘Yellowstone’ TV: Why Cole Hauser Says Showrunner Taylor Sheridan Doesn’t Know How to ‘Spoon-Feed’ Viewers

by Thad Mitchell

Through three seasons, Paramount Network series “Yellowstone” has had incredible success, becoming one of the most-watched shows on television.

The show’s popularity can be directly attributed to its authentic and realistic portrayal of ranching culture. Without glamorizing the lifestyle, “Yellowstone” gives you a peek into the lives and real-life struggles ranchers face today. The show also revolves around the powerful Montana Ranching family, the Duttons. The family owns Yellowstone Ranch, one of the biggest cattle ranches in the northwest. Every day is a struggle for the Dutton family as they must also fight to keep their heritage preserved. Yellowstone Ranch has been in the Dutton family for six generations and family patriarch John Dutton intends to keep it that way. In order to preserve what is rightfully his, he must do battle against powerful organizations that wish to claim the “Yellowstone” property.

In a 2018 interview with Joblo.com, “Yellowstone” actor Cole Hauser discussed what makes the show unique. Hauser was quick to credit “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan for the show’s authenticity. He also noted that Sheridan gives the show a lot of action — something fans of the show very much appreciate. Hauser even sneaks in a football analogy for his take on the future of “Yellowstone.”

“He doesn’t know how to spoon-feed you,” Hauser says of Sheridan’s tactics. “It’s not in his word and it’s not in his psyche. In that way, it makes him a great storyteller and especially if you give him 10 hours. Now, we have been a part of that 10 hours. You guys get to see the kickoff…but there is a huge football game being played.”

‘Yellowstone’ Creator Gets Credit For Authenticity

It isn’t the first time Hauser has given credit to Sheridan for his storytelling capabilities. In another interview, Hauser describes the methods used by Sheridan to teach him to ride a horse. Sheridan, an excellent horseman himself, put the crew through a “cowboy school” in order to make the show more authentic. The schooling clearly worked as most every “Yellowstone” cast member looks like a natural sitting atop of a working horse.

On “Yellowstone” Hauser play the rough and tough cowboy Rip Wheeler almost flawlessly. Rip is the leader of the bunkhouse crew and an adept cowboy capable of performing any chore assigned to him.

Rip’s true value to the Dutton family comes away from the ranch as he serves as the family’s enforcer. A large and intimidating presence, there aren’t many people who want to pick a fight with the bada** cowboy.

“Yellowstone” fans can’t wait to see what Sheridan has in store for Rip in the upcoming new season. Once he discovers who is behind the attacks on the Dutton family — it’s game on for the big guy and his bunkhouse crew.

We wouldn’t want to be in those shoes once Rip discovers the truth. The fourth season is set to arrive this fall.