“Yellowstone” fans have a long wait stretching out before them until the November premiere of Season 4. But they’ve faced no shortage of marathons in the meantime.
The latest marathon continues into today as Season 3 of “Yellowstone” airs on the Paramount Network this afternoon. After that, fans can catch Rip Wheeler actor Cole Hauser in the broadcast premiere of his movie “The Last Champion” at 10 p.m. ET. And “Yellowstone” reminded fans of that fact on Instagram today.
“A full day of @colehauser22? Yes, please!” the @Yellowstone Instagram account posted Monday. “Season 3 of #YellowstoneTV starts TODAY at 12pm ET, followed by the broadcast premiere of “The Last Champion” at 10pm. Watch it all on @paramountnetwork.”
Hauser Stars in ‘The Last Champion’
The 2020 film “The Last Champion” features Hauser as John Wright, once an Olympian with great potential who returns to his hometown when his mother dies. Wright is plagued by the scandal of one bad decision in his past. The town has not forgiven him for that decision, but he gets a shot at redemption by coaching a high school wrestling team there.
“We get to see the redemptive side of this character when he is called to coach and ends up guiding a young athlete who reminds him of himself as a young man,” Hauser told the Christian Post last year. “He has the chance to teach these athletes what he applies to his own life, not by beating them up and tearing them down, but actually caring for them.”
Hauser was careful to explain that the movie is about more than wrestling. It grapples with the broader themes of family, faith, addiction, redemption and love.
“It’s about humanity,” Hauser said. “Someone’s growth from being a shattered soul to finding his way back and to teach a kid everything he wished he had learned.”
‘Yellowstone’ Season 4: Will It Be Worth the Wait?
Last week, Deadline broke the news that the Paramount Network is looking at an early November premiere date for Season 4. The last three seasons have premiered in June.
But their reasoning reportedly goes like this: November is the usual launch corridor for returning prestige and must-see shows. And this way, the network will be able to cross-promote “Yellowstone” on CBS’s NFL broadcasts.
Meanwhile, fans hoping for a summer premiere date will have to take solace in the promise “Yellowstone” offered up in its Season 4 trailer.
“Revenge,” the trailer teased, “will be worth the wait.”
Indeed, at a recent Deadline Contenders Television event, Hauser seemed to hint at the prospect that Rip will be doing some serious score-settling in Season 4. An interviewer asked if the next season’s first episode might be titled “the Wrath of Rip,” and Hauser conceded that after what happened in the Season 3 finale, it very well might.
“Everybody’s in danger in Montana after that,” Hauser said.