Lainey Wilson reveals she is not worried about the direction of Yellowstone’s fifth and


Lainey Wilson voiced her excitement about the fifth and final season of Yellowstone, which Paramount Network announced would end for good in November.

When asked if she was ‘worried’ about what’s next for her future on the show, the 30-year-old country music singer gushed that ‘no matter which direction it goes, it’s gonna be incredible.’

She explained that Taylor Sheridan, who co-created the hit Western drama series, ‘can do no wrong’ in her ‘opinion.’ 

‘But yeah. I’m waiting for that call. I’m like, ‘Y’all let me know when to be there and I’ll be there,” the Hold My Halo crooner told Entertainment Tonight at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday. 

The Louisiana native, who moved to Nashville to pursue her music career, made her acting debut in the series as a local and free-spirited musician, named Abby.

Optimistic: Lainey Wilson voiced her excitement about the final season of Yellowstone, which Paramount Network announced would end for good in November; seen in 2023

Optimistic: Lainey Wilson voiced her excitement about the final season of Yellowstone, which Paramount Network announced would end for good in November; seen in 2023

Her character embarks on a passionate romance with Ian Bohen’s character, Ryan, who works for Kevin Costner’s John Dutton. 

While speaking about filming her first on-screen kiss, Wilson joked that she ‘didn’t really know’ what she was doing, but went ‘head-first.’ 

‘I was going to give people their money’s worth,’ she previously told USA Today. ‘I told my mommy and daddy, ‘You might not want to watch this show.’ I don’t want to be on their prayer list.’ 

Prior to joining the cast, Wilson’s music was featured on the show multiple times. 

‘[Taylor] had put a few of my songs in the show and then invited me out to Vegas to play a horse-riding competition, and that’s where I got to meet him,’ she recalled to Us Weekly last month. ‘[We] became buddies and, you know, I knew the friendship would lead to something. I didn’t know it necessarily meant me being in the show.’

The actress went on to recall how, last February, Sheridan told her he wanted ‘to create a character specifically for her.’

She said Sheridan wanted her to wear her ‘bell bottoms’ and sing her ‘own songs’ but ‘go by a musician named Abby.’

Her comments come after a new report from the Wall Street Journal shed light on Sheridan’s allegedly high expenses to create the wildly popular series.

Acting debut: The actress recently recalled how, last February, Sheridan told her he wanted 'to create a character specifically for her' (seen in the season five premiere)

Acting debut: The actress recently recalled how, last February, Sheridan told her he wanted ‘to create a character specifically for her’ (seen in the season five premiere)

Sheridan allegedly charges Paramount as high as $50,000 a week to film Yellowstone on his own ranch in Texas, nearly $210K to train actors at a ‘Cowboy Camp’ held on his own property, and rents herds of cattle out for $25 a head.

All this is in addition to the money he already makes as the writer, producer, and sometimes director of Yellowstone and its spin-offs.

Earlier this month, news broke that Yellowstone would end after five seasons as show star Kevin Costner begins divorce proceedings with estranged wife Christine  Baumgartner.

The report outlined the high expenses Sheridan has charged his production partners to create the series. He works with Paramount, which funds his series, and 101 Studios, the organization which creates his shows. 

Sheridan declined a request by WSJ to be interviewed for the story.  

At the ‘Cowboy Camps’, actors are taught how to work with horses and realistically depict ranch life. WSJ reported Paramount was charged $214,979.61 for the camp leading into season five, which lasted around a week.

About $33,000 of that was just for catering. Use of his horses was also costly – Paramount was charged $2,000 a head.

In another example cited by WSJ, a wrangler thousands of miles away from set also charged production $3,000. The wrangler explained to the skeptical production office that she was working on one of Sheridan’s ranches and getting his horses ready for filming. 

Sheridan also uses his preferred farrier to work with the horses. 

In May 2022, two of Sheridan’s farriers were flown in from Texas to Montana, in another expense which annoyed the studio head. 

‘Are you kidding me? We can’t find a local person?’ David Glasser, head of 101 Studios, said in an email to production staffers.

In addition, 24 horse saddles ordered by the prop master cost a jaw-dropping $23,519.19. The saddles were to be done in the style of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 

‘We have had 5 seasons of a show. And we are just ordering saddles now?’ Glasser asked in one email of the expenses. 

Not cheap: Her comments come after a new report from the Wall Street Journal shed light on Sheridan's allegedly high expenses to create the wildly popular series

Not cheap: Her comments come after a new report from the Wall Street Journal shed light on Sheridan’s allegedly high expenses to create the wildly popular series

Another point of contention was the creation of $3,130 worth of prop jewelry being made out of state, despite them being able to apply for tax breaks by using in-state vendors.

The high costs also extend to Sheridan’s other popular Yellowstone spin-offs. According to WSJ, it costs at least $22 million to make a single episode of 1923, the Yellowstone prequel.

While both Paramount and 101 Studios both conceded his shows are not cheap to make, they are content with their working relationship.

‘Taylor’s shows are among our most successful and profitable,’ a spokeswoman for Paramount told WSJ.

As for 101 Studios, executives told WSJ they try to compromise with Sheridan when it comes to budgeting and creating a quality show. While they claimed they were cost-conscious, 101 Studios say the success of Sheridan’s shows prove they are worth the high price tag.

End of an era: Earlier this month, Paramount Network announced that Yellowstone would officially end with the final episodes of the fifth season launching in November

End of an era: Earlier this month, Paramount Network announced that Yellowstone would officially end with the final episodes of the fifth season launching in November

According to WSJ, it costs over $500 million a year for Paramount to create Sheridan’s programs. That figure also includes the first season of the Yellowstone spin-off 1923, which cost nearly $200 million.

In contrast, an episode of HBO’s The Last of Us costs $16-$18 million an episode while House of the Dragon usually costs under $20 million an episode, according to WSJ sources.

The high costs come as investors scrutinize Paramount. On Thursday, they reported a first quarter loss of $1.1 billion. The loss is due in part to more money being spent on streaming content.

Last week, Paramount Network announced that Yellowstone would officially end with the final episodes of the fifth season launching in November.

The show has been a monster hit for the network, and tells the story of the Dutton family, and their battles over their gigantic Montana ranch. 

It is still a ratings smash, but the atmosphere on set is said to have become fraught over Costner’s alleged insistence on only working part of the week. Costner has also allegedly had a tense relationship with Sheridan. 

Despite the cancellation, fans of Yellowstone will likely be soothed by news that a sequel has already been given a full-series order.

Matthew McConaughey has been tipped as its possible star, although producers have yet to confirm any members of its new cast.



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