As one of the best original shows streaming on Paramount+Taylor Sheridan’s historical western 1883 is apparently ground zero for a mini-verse within the world of Yellowstonewith the upcoming series based on legendary lawman Bass Reeves serving as a spinoff of the Duttons’ origin story† While it’s still not clear how it’ll play out exactly, that decision from Sheridan and studio execs strengthens the notion that we probably won’t be seeing Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s James and Margaret Dutton again for a proper second season of 1883† But would McGraw even come back to the role if that was the plan?
It turns out the country music superstar himself is split on that decision. Post-season discussions surrounding 1883 made it seem like that particular story was its own thing, with Taylor Sheridan opting to jump into different points in the family timeline for other spin-offs such as the upcoming 1932 drama starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren† And it sounds like for Tim McGraw to get involved, James Dutton’s story would indeed need to stand out entire from 1883‘s founding season to justify its existence. Here’s how he put it when he and Faith Hill were guests on the Just for Variety podcast:
Granted, I don’t think those with Paramount+ subscriptions would be greatly devastated if 1883 delivered another season as well-crafted, as well-acted, and as heartbreaking as the first, even if it hit a lot of the same notes. But I can understand from a performance perspective why he wouldn’t be interested in repeating himself just for the sake of pushing out another season. Such is the mindset of a songwriter.
To be sure, Tim McGraw’s decision to reprise James Dutton wouldn’t be completely focused on how the storyline played out, at least creatively speaking. The effort that went into producing 1883‘s ten-episode season took a lot out of all involved, and the weight and magnitude of such a production also looms large in the musician and actor’s thought process. In his words:
Some fans may remember back in October 2021, when Tim McGraw’s exhaustion was on full display as he went off on some heckling fans during a live concert. So it’s easy to understand why anyone would want to avoid that kind of work schedule in any capacity. Perhaps if a second season would be timed to go into production after a tour schedule wrapped, though…
For now, we’re still in waiting mode when it comes to where the Yellowstone universe is going next, but check out our 2022 TV premiere schedule to see what other new and returning shows are coming soon.