A woman like Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly), who is always surrounded by braggadocio-filled male characters, might have easily gotten lost in the background of “Yellowstone” amid the film’s hefty dosage of machismo. After five seasons on the ranch, Beth has unexpectedly grown to be the most feared woman on television, according to showrunner and co-creator Taylor Sheridan, who has become a prolific writer who relies on actresses who can sell his specific brand of badass.
Sheridan’s independent creative approach and brazen self-assurance have paid off handsomely in light of the fact that the Paramount+ streaming service is nearly entirely supported by his series. Due to the enormous popularity of “Yellowstone” and its generational spin-offs “1883” and “1923,” the Paramount Network has also seen a significant increase in cable ratings.
When Sheridan was selling a film adaptation of the Dutton family tale under the moniker “The Godfather” in Montana, HBO had an opportunity to bring “Yellowstone” to the network. The idea eventually made it into the series production stage, when Sheridan was confronted with a few executive comments and ideas that began to cast doubt on the true purpose of the program. After hearing criticism that Beth’s persona was too passionate for a Sheridan felt compelled to make a clear distinction between himself and the public audience. Or, what is more significant, that she would be irrelevant to women in general as a whole.
Now, after five seasons of “Yellowstone,” Beth has established herself as one of the most compelling reasons to watch “Yellowstone.” What steps will she take after this? Who will she defeat in a fistfight this week and pound to submission? Or bring financial disaster upon her family in the name of love? Executives at HBO were under the impression that this was not a selling factor at the time. Sheridan provided his recall of what the other side of the phone conversation in question sounded like from his point of view in an in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He said the following about what he remembered hearing:
To be true, there are instances when Beth does act without fear of repercussions, and some of the choices she makes nearly give the impression that her ferocity is superficial and reckless. Going to jail for beating up a cowgirl who made the mistake of flirting with her guy Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) or winding up in a post-dinner altercation with a spunky environmentalist (Piper Perabo) just makes Beth appear almost silly at times. Similarly, going to jail for beating up a cowgirl who made the mistake of flirting with her man Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) in the pilot episode. Is she a fictional figure or does she exist in real life?
It’s possible that HBO had similar opinions about the crazy things Beth Dutton did, as well. In any case, the events of that day went down in television history. Even if everything did not go as planned for HBO, Sheridan believes that he could not have found a greater place to call home than Paramount, where he is currently employed. When Sheridan is telling the tale to THR for the second time, you can practically imagine him smiling when he recalls what he said next because of what he just said.After that, I inquired of them, “OK, is everyone finished? Who among those who are participating on this conference call is in charge of the written program that you all now have airing? What, you aren’t? Oh, now I get it. Thank you very much. After that, I terminated the call. They have not gotten back to us despite our calls.