Taylor Sheridan rejects the idea that his series Yellowstone falls into an easy political categorization.
During a recent interview with The Atlantic Ocean, Sheridan addressed claims that the popular Paramount Network drama is aimed at politically conservative viewers. The publication cites New York Times columnist Ross Douthat with referred to the Kevin Costner-fronted series as “the reddest state on television,” along with Daily mail to have suggested That Yellowstone is too “anti-awake” to win prizes.
“They call it ‘the conservative show’ or ‘the Republican show’ or ‘the red state’ Game of Thrones‘,” Sheridan said ahead of the season five premiere for the show that focuses on the Dutton family ranch. “And I just sit back laughing. I’m like, ‘Really?’”
The prolific television producer continued: ‘The show is about the displacement of Native Americans and the way Native American women were treated and about corporate greed and the gentrification of the West and land grabs. Is that a show in the red state?’
With its impressive ratings, Yellowstone was considered one of the most surprising Emmys of 2022 when it failed to land a single nomination. Its only name over the course of its run to date has been for production design in 2021.
In a column responding to the show’s lack of Emmy nominations, The Hollywood Reporter chief television critic Daniel Fienberg said there was no truth to the assumption that TV Academy voters are too “awake” to appreciate the series.
“The argument that Yellowstone and shows of its ilk are discriminated against because of ideology is based on this idiosyncratic insinuation that Taylor Sheridan and George Will are coffee-drinking companions,” he wrote. “Instead of, Yellowstone is just a slightly centrist drama in a genre that traditionally leans very slightly to the right. If TV shows could vote, Yellowstone and Emmy favorite (and a huge hit according to Netflix) Ozark would probably support the same candidates.”
yellowstone’The season five premiere airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on Paramount Network.