PaleyFest, the premiere TV festival in the United States, is currently underway in Los Angeles with panels on hand for multiple shows.
“The Mandalorian” kicked things off last night with the likes of Pedro Pascal, Katee Sackhoff, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni showing up. Other panels are also taking place for “Yellowjackets,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” this weekend.
However, it was tonight’s panel for “Yellowstone” which is making headlines – not for what was shown, but rather who didn’t turn up. When the panel was announced, fans were promised a lineup that included the main cast.
Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser, Luke Grimes, Kelsey Asbille, Wes Betley, Gil Birmingham, and Jacki Weaver were all to originally be on hand along with executive producers Taylor Sheridan and David Glasser, among others.
When the actual panel at the Dolby Theater took place though, a PaleyFest rep said the lineup had changed just before the panel was set to begin. The result? The only cast and crew in attendance were Paramount Network Development & Production VP Keith Cox, along with actors Mo Brings Plenty, Dawn Olivieri, Josh Lucas and Wendy Moniz.
The absence of Costner and co-creator Sheridan only fuels reports of the contentious situation between the show’s star and creator. Back in February came word that Paramount Global and Paramount Network were moving to end “Yellowstone” in its current form and plan a new ‘franchise extension’ series with Matthew McConaughey in talks to star and several of the cast of the main series jumping on board.
The reason for that shift related to Costner and disagreements over shooting schedules, according to Deadline. As Costner plays series lead John Dutton, the disagreements have frustrated Sheridan and have reportedly caused morale problems for others in the cast.
At PaleyFest tonight, Cox would only say: “What I can say is that our star, the face of our show, and our executive producer, are very confident he is going to continue with our show”. That obviously refers to Costner.
It’s the nature of Costner’s continuation that remains up for speculation. Part of the issue according to Puck (via Vulture) is that shooting of the fifth season was reportedly supposed to be completely finished by 2022. However Sheridan, occupied with multiple projects running at once, couldn’t deliver the scripts on time indicates the outlet.
At the same time, Costner wants to focus on his own “Horizon” film series which has already shot its first entry and is currently casting its sequel.
Costner recently won at the Golden Globes for his portrayal of John Dutton in “Yellowstone” but didn’t attend the ceremony due to severe weather.