“Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan’s unscripted reality series, “The Last Cowboy,” will launch its second season on Friday, Nov. 12 with a move from Paramount Network to CMT.
The series charts the adventures and ordeals of the actual cowboys and cowgirls who participate in the adrenaline-laced sport of horse reining. In those Western-style competitions, riders steer their horses through elaborate patterns of circles, spins and stops.
Now it’s all building to one epic showdown. It will be the biggest in the sport’s history: “The Run for a Million.” The reiners competing for that title are the last practitioners of a cowboy tradition. Hence the series title.
‘Yellowstone’ Creator Executive Produces Reality Series
Manhattan-based production company Truly Original produces the series for CMT. Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, Michelle Schiefen, Julie “Bob” Lombardi and Alexandra Lowry are executive producers. Also executive producing are Sheridan, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari. Moreover, Keith Cox and Todd Baynes are overseeing the production for CMT.
Truly Original is behind a long list of shows. For example, “Ink Master,” “Deal or No Deal,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” “Shahs of Sunset,” “Basketball Wives” and “Swamp People,” among others.
Watch the official trailer for the reality series here:
Sheridan Is Fascinated by the Cowboy Lifestyle
As if it weren’t already clear from “Yellowstone” and films like “Hell or High Water,” Sheridan is fascinated by the cowboy way of life. And he’s constantly seeking new ways to make Westerns for the modern era.
“The grit, beauty and tenacity of the West are linked to America’s legacy,” Sheridan said in a statement on “The Last Cowboy.” “And my creative drive has been to explore those, in all their complexities, in film and scripted television. Now, with ‘The Last Cowboy’ and ‘Run for a Million,’ we’re bringing the real men and women, and their dedication to the sport of reining, to the small screen. [It’s] an unmasking of the cowboy world that we hope TV audiences will enjoy.”
As for Truly Original, they could see the dramatic appeal of the reality series from the get-go. The company’s executive producers and co-CEOs said in a statement that these are the top cowboys in the world.
“What many people don’t know is that some of the greatest cowboys in the world aren’t living and working on ranches,” Hersh and Weinstock said. “They’re competing in one of the world’s most elite sports. Riders, trainers and horses perform at spectacular levels, and the drama and stakes of reining are as intense as any professional sport – with major money also on the line.”
So if you missed the first season of the Western reality series, no need to fret. Lucky you: Season 2 is on the way.