Paramount Network has ordered a new unscripted series, “The Last Cowboy,” from “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan, the network announced on Wednesday.
The unscripted series, produced by Truly Original and 101 Studios, “spotlights the highly-skilled horsemen and trainers competing in the intense, high-stakes world of professional reining,” according to the network. It will follow eight men and women who “are determined to elevate and preserve the cowboy tradition as they train and engage in the exclusive ultra-competitive sport.”
Derived from the practice of herding cattle, reining is a western-based competition where riders guide horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins and stops, similar to the more European dressage.
“The grit, beauty and tenacity of the West are linked to America’s legacy and my creative drive has been to explore those, in all their complexities, in film and scripted television,” Sheridan said in a statement. “Now, with ‘The Last Cowboy’ and ‘Run for a Million,’ we’re bringing the real men and women, and their dedication to the sport of reining, to the small screen, an unmasking of the cowboy world that we hope TV audiences will enjoy.”
“Viewers came in massive numbers to watch Yellowstone last season to see the way we showcase modern day western life,” said Keith Cox, president of development for Paramount Network and TV Land. “Now we’re serving up fans an inside look at the lives of real horsemen and their challenges and triumphs within the world of competitive horse reining.”
Added Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, executive producers and co-CEOs of Truly Original, “What many people don’t know is that some of the greatest cowboys in the world aren’t living and working on ranches; they’re competing in one of the world’s most elite sports. Riders, trainers and horses perform at spectacular levels, and the drama and stakes of reining are as intense as any professional sport – with major money also on the line.”
Hersh and Weinstock will serve as executive producers on the series alongside Sheridan, 101 Studios and David C. Glasser. Tori Socha oversees the production for Paramount Network.
In conjunction with the show, Sheridan will also launch his own reining event called “Run for a Million.” The $1 million competition will take place on August 15-17, 2019 at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, and will be captured in the series finale.