“Yellowstone” Has a BIG Spending Problem
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In the land of the free and the home of the brave, we’ve managed to allow a television show to embody our rugged individualism and unfaltering resilience. It’s with a heavy heart that I tell y’all that “Yellowstone” is coming to an end this fall with the second half of Season 5.
The creator, Taylor Sheridan, has been a hell of a spender, causing some “internal frustration” among the higher-ups at Paramount and 101 Studios.
Now, I ain’t one to judge a man for taking care of his business, but the Wall Street Journal has shed light on some of Sheridan’s wild spending habits.
The man’s being paid tens of thousands of dollars a week to use his own companies and services, like a “Cowboy Camp” to train actors. He’s charging Paramount a pretty penny for renting cattle and filming on his ranches.
Sheridan even billed the studio $3,000 for a wrangler 1,600 miles away, tending to his own horses. Seems like a case of old-fashioned capitalism to me, but some might argue it’s a tad excessive.
Now, I can respect a man who knows what he wants and sticks to it, but flyin’ a farrier all the way from Texas to Montana just to make horseshoes?
That’s not exactly the epitome of practicality. But Sheridan’s shows are rakin’ in a profit, so it’s hard to blame him for his extravagance.
However, there are limits, and Paramount ain’t too pleased with the exorbitant costs. They’re reporting a first-quarter loss of $1.1 billion, with some of that weight carried by Sheridan’s shows.
These prequels to “Yellowstone” cost a whopping $500 million a year to produce. That’s a hefty price tag for the spirit of the West, if you ask me.
Despite the expenses, Sheridan’s shows have attracted some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, Sam Elliott, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw have all hitched their wagons to his vision.
I can’t deny the man has a knack for storytelling, and his shows have played a crucial role in boosting Paramount+ to its current 60 million subscribers.
What’s happening with “Yellowstone” is a microcosm of the larger issue we’re facing in America today. We’ve let money and power corrupt our values, and we’ve lost sight of the rugged individualism that defines our great nation.
We need to refocus on the principles of hard work, meritocracy, and the virtues that come from the land. While “Yellowstone” may be coming to an end, I hope it inspires a return to the spirit that made America great in the first place.
It’s time to dust off our boots, saddle up, and remember what it truly means to be an American. Let’s not allow the end of “Yellowstone” to be the end of our story, but rather a reminder to reclaim our roots and our nation’s core values.
In the immortal words of Walt Whitman, “I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear.” Let’s make sure that song never dies.