Emmy spotlight: Neo-Western ‘Yellowstone’ abides with Taylor Sheridan in charge of the creative reins

Emmy spotlight: Neo-Western ‘Yellowstone’ abides with Taylor Sheridan in charge of the creative reins
Hollywood has deputized Taylor Sheridan as the trail master of a new breed of 21st century Westerns. The actor turned screenwriter known for his lawman David Hale on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” first tackled the big screen with his so-called “frontier trilogy”: 2015’s “Sicario,”a Mexican drug-war thriller; 2016’s Texas-set “Hell or High Water,” about modern-day bank-robbing brothers; and 2017’s “Wind River,” the Lone Star native’s directorial debut that focused on the sad fates of Native Americans on a Wyoming reservation.

Sheridan struck gold with an Oscar nomination for his original script for “Hell or High Water,” which was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Jeff Bridges and Best Editing.

Last year, Sheridan went full-on westward ho with the arrival of “Yellowstone” on the newly minted cable channel Paramount Network. The cross between “Dallas” and old-school ‘60s TV Westerns like “The Rifleman” and “Gunsmoke
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