The Last Cowboy, a brand-new unscripted series from Academy Award-nominee Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Sicario, Wind River, Yellowstone), has been ordered by Paramount Network.
Produced by Truly Original and executive produced by 101 Studios, The Last Cowboy shines a spotlight on the highly skilled horsemen and trainers competing in the intense world of professional reining. The series will follow the lives of eight men and women who are determined to elevate and preserve the cowboy tradition and who compete on the circuit, where riders guide horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins and stops.
Sheridan is launching a reining event in conjunction with the series called “Run for a Million,” an arena-based competition with a $1 million prize. The event will take place August 15 to 17 at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, with the competition being shown in The Last Cowboy’s season finale.
Sheridan said: “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. 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.”
Keith Cox, president of development at Paramount Network and TV Land, added: “Viewers came in massive numbers to watch Yellowstone last season to see the way we showcase modern-day western life. 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.”
Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, executive producers and co-CEOs of Truly Original, said: “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.”