The daily gossip: Yellowstone officially ending after Kevin Costner drama, Amber Heard allegedly quits Hollywood, and more

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Wes Bentley, Gil Birmingham, Kelly Reilly, Kevin Costner, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Chow and Luke Grimes at the Yellowstone season 2 premiere
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1. 'Yellowstone' is officially ending, but will be immediately followed by a sequel series

The hierarchy of power in the Yellowstone universe is about to change. Paramount Network has officially confirmed that Yellowstone, one of TV's most popular shows, is ending with its current fifth season, the second half of which will premiere in November. But Paramount also confirmed a Yellowstone sequel series from creator Taylor Sheridan is in the works and debuts in December. The new show will reportedly star Matthew McConaughey, though the announcement didn't confirm that. This comes after rumors that Yellowstone would end due to a scheduling dispute with Kevin Costner and after Puck reported the cast and crew were "frustrated" by the actor's "ego." But Deadline reported "several" Yellowstone stars are expected to return for the sequel, suggesting it could essentially be the exact same show, just without Costner. "The Dutton story continues, picking up where Yellowstone leaves off in another epic tale," producer David Glasser said of the new show. Note: John Dutton died on the way back to his home planet.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan worked as a culture writer at The Week from 2018 to 2023, covering the entertainment industry, including film reviews, television recaps, awards season, the box office, major movie franchises and Hollywood gossip. He has written about film and television for outlets including Bloody Disgusting, Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Heavy and The Celebrity Cafe.