Two Showtime shows, including one of their top shows of all-time, are set to be expanded with spinoffs using the model that made tv’s top-rated drama, “Yellowstone,” a major franchise for Paramount.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Showtime plans to implement the “Yellowstone” model on “Billions” and one of their top shows of all-time, “Dexter.”
Showtime is planning up to four expansion series for “Billions,” the report said. One spinoff will reportedly take place in Miami while two other spinoffs will be named “Millions” and “Trillions.”
The network has also ordered a prequel series for “Dexter” that lays the groundwork for the original show, the report said, adding that Showtime is also exploring spinoff shows based on some of the serial killers in the show.
The news comes after Deadline reported this week that “Yellowstone” is set to end in its current form with star actor Kevin Costner while the show’s creators are eyeing extending the franchise with actor Matthew McConaughey.
Taylor Sheridan, co-creator and showrunner, along with Paramount Global and Paramount Network, are already in talks with McConaughey, and several of the show’s main characters are expected to be in the new version of the series, the report said.
“We have no news to report. Kevin Costner is a big part of Yellowstone and we hope that’s the case for a long time to come,” a Paramount Network spokesperson said. “Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we are always working on franchise expansions of this incredible world he has built. Matthew McConaughey is a phenomenal talent with whom we’d love to partner.”
Sheridan is also behind the set of extremely popular prequel series to “Yellowstone,” “1883” and “1923.” The success of those two shows has afforded Sheridan the ability to be less dependent on “Yellowstone,” the report said.
The new show will reportedly start on Paramount Network and then will be moved to Paramount+.
The decision to move on from Costner comes after he reportedly wanted to do less filming than what producers wanted, the report said. Paramount Network rejected a proposal from Costner and decided to move on.
Deadline added that Sheridan may make two additional prequel series to “Yellowstone” that would detail struggles in the 1940s and 1960s to hang onto the ranch.