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– by David Kozlowski

Quick, what’s your favorite western? Tough to choose, right? OK, what’s your favorite Kevin Costner western? That’s still a pretty good list of options: Silverado, Dances With Wolves, Wyatt Earp, Open Range. Great movies… well, most of them.

Well, would you be interested in a modern-day, Costner-based, TV western series?

Good news, the Paramount Network has you covered with Yellowstone, a new series from the writer of Hell or High Water, Wind River, and Sicario I/II, Taylor Sheridan. Do I have your attention now?

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Costner plays John Dutton, a Montana rancher just trying to get his business through another tough year. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s hired a bunch of unhinged morons to get the job done. Upside: cheap labor. Downside: occasional murder.

The teaser throws a lot out there, including beautiful scenery, multi-cultural characters, frontier justice, and lots of federal cops who won’t take no for an answer (I’m guessing on that last one, but that’s what appears to be going on here).

Frankly, it kind of looks like a mashup of different genres. However, the outstanding cast and the track record of the show’s creator suggests that this is probably worth a look… if you get the Paramount Network, that is.

You’re probably asking yourself, isn’t this the same Paramount network that brought us Bar Rescue, Ink Master, and Lip Sync Battle? Why yes, yes it is. Paramount is also working on a re-imagining of 80s teen-horror Heathers and also the Waco mini-series starring Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon. Oof. But hey, Yellowstone still looks cool.

Here’s the synopsis:

Yellowstone follows the violent world of the Duttons, a ranching family in Montana. Can they survive another season? Starring Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, and Cole Hauser.”

Are you excited to see Kevin Costner returning to his western roots? Let us know in the comments down below!

Yellowstone hits the Paramount Network June, 2018.

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SOURCE: Paramount

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.