Why ‘Yellowstone’ Fans Absolutely Need to Check Out ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ When It Airs

by John Jamison

From Montana to Michigan, writer/producer Taylor Sheridan loves a powerful family. The Duttons control the biggest ranch in the United States. But the McCluskys in Sheridan’s upcoming drama “Mayor of Kingstown” have a monopoly on the prison industry in their otherwise stagnant city. There are plenty of parallels between the two Paramount+ shows. And “Yellowstone” fans will have a new narrative to follow as Season 4 of the Kevin Costner-led series gets underway.

Set to premiere November 14, “Mayor of Kingstown” trails the new season of “Yellowstone” by a week. Fans have already made arrangements to clear out their Sunday evening on the night of November 7 when Season 4 of “Yellowstone” premieres. But stick around after the two-hour premiere. The reward will be an extra sneak peek at “Mayor of Kingstown” and the even more relevant prequel show “1883.”

“Mayor of Kingstown” itself isn’t a “Yellowstone” spinoff in any way, shape, or form. But fans who have fallen in love with Taylor Sheridan’s knack for edge-of-your-seat drama and world-building owe it to themselves to check the new series out.

What is ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ About?

It follows the McClusky family as they maintain a stranglehold on the one thriving industry in Kingstown, Michigan. Jeremey Renner plays Mike McClusky, the apparent “Mayor” of the town. The trailer for the upcoming series made a point to emphasize the fact that he’s not the actual mayor. But he commands the same type of influence. Playing his brother is “Friday Night Lights” actor Kyle Chandler.

The series will have accomplished director Antoine Fuqua on board as an executive producer. He summed up the show’s bigger picture while talking to The Hollywood Reporter in February.

“The series offers a comprehensive look into the brutal prison system where sociopolitical issues run rampant. Prisons are a forgotten world to most of the population and yet represent a microcosm of society as a whole,” said Fuqua.

The New Taylor Sheridan Show Was Essentially Designed for ‘Yellowstone’ Fans

Running a streaming platform is serious business these days. Though ViacomCBS has structured an entire expansion plan around the success Sheridan has found with “Yellowstone.” “Mayor of Kingstown” and
1883” constitutes the next phase of the plan.

“These new series will debut on Paramount+ and have special premiere day sneak episodes behind ‘Yellowstone’ introducing this huge audience to these new stories, allowing us to leverage our linear platforms to fuel the growth of Paramount+ which will stream each series exclusively after episode two,” said Chris McCarthy, CEO and President of MTV Entertainment.

Also adding to the lineup of new content coming to Paramount+ shortly is a contemporary “Yellowstone” spinoff called “6666.” This ranch-based series will be set in Texas at the famed Four Sixes Ranch. A breeding ground for world-class cowboys.