1923 (TV series)

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1923
Genre
Created byTaylor Sheridan
Starring
Narrated byIsabel May
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Production
Executive producers
Running time48–61 minutes
Production companies
DistributorParamount Global Distribution Group
Release
Original networkParamount+
Original releaseDecember 18, 2022 (2022-12-18) –
present
Chronology
Preceded by1883
RelatedYellowstone

1923 is an American Western drama television series that premiered on December 18, 2022, on Paramount+.[1] The series is a prequel to the Paramount Network series Yellowstone and serves as a sequel to the series 1883. The series is set to run for two seasons with eight episodes each.

Premise[edit]

Follows a generation of the Dutton family in 1923, during a time of various hardships including Prohibition, drought, and the early stages of the Great Depression, which affected Montana long before the 1929 Stock Market Crash.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton, the wife to Jacob Dutton and Dutton family matriarch.[2] Having no children of their own, Jacob and Cara raised John and Spencer Dutton as their own.[3]
  • Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton, the patriarch of the Dutton ranch, husband to Cara Dutton, and brother of James Dutton (portrayed by Tim McGraw in 1883).
  • Brandon Sklenar as Spencer Dutton, the younger son of James and Margaret Dutton, John Dutton Sr.'s younger brother, and Jacob Dutton's youngest nephew. Spencer has witnessed the horrors of World War I and travels Africa tracking big game.[4] Charlie Stover portrayed Spencer Dutton as a child during flashbacks set in 1893 in two episodes of the fourth season of Yellowstone.
  • Julia Schlaepfer as Alexandra, a freethinking British woman who encounters Spencer in Africa.
  • Jerome Flynn as Banner Creighton, a Scottish sheep herder and adversary of the Duttons.[5]
  • Darren Mann as Jack Dutton, John Dutton Sr.'s son and only child, James Dutton's grandson, and great-nephew to Jacob Dutton. He is a dedicated rancher who is deeply loyal to his family.
  • Isabel May as the Narrator, Elsa Dutton.[6] May also portrayed Elsa Dutton in 1883.
  • Brian Geraghty as Zane Davis, the fiercely loyal ranch foreman of the Dutton Ranch.
  • Aminah Nieves as Teonna Rainwater, a rebellious young American Indian woman who was taken from her family and placed in an Indian boarding school run by the Catholic Church.
  • Michelle Randolph as Elizabeth "Liz" Strafford, a feisty and capable young woman and Jack Dutton's fiancée.
  • Timothy Dalton as Donald Whitfield, a powerful, wealthy business tycoon who is accustomed to getting what he wants.[7]

Recurring[edit]

  • Robert Patrick as Sheriff William McDowell, the sheriff of Gallatin County and a friend of the Dutton family.[8]
  • Sebastian Roché as Father Renaud, a French Roman Catholic priest and the headmaster of an Indian boarding school for girls.
  • Marley Shelton as Emma Dutton, the wife of John Dutton Sr. and the mother of Jack Dutton.
  • Leenah Robinson as Baapuxti, an American Indian student at the Catholic boarding school and Teonna's friend.
  • Kerry O'Malley as Sister Alice, an ostensibly compassionate nun at the Catholic boarding school who takes advantage of those under her care.

Guest[edit]

  • James Badge Dale as John Dutton Sr., the eldest son of James and Margaret Dutton, Jacob Dutton's oldest nephew and right-hand man. Audie Rick portrayed John Dutton as a child in 1883. Jack Michael Doke portrayed the same character as a teenager during flashbacks set in 1893 in two episodes of the fourth season of Yellowstone.
  • Jennifer Ehle as Sister Mary, a ruthless Irish Catholic nun who teaches at a Catholic boarding school for American Indians, often coming into conflict with Teonna.[9]
  • Tim DeKay as Bob Strafford, Elizabeth's rancher father and a neighbour to the Duttons.[10]
  • Nick Boraine as Richard Holland, the head of a safari tour group in Africa who hires Spencer to hunt man-eaters.
  • Alexandra Grossi as Catherine Walsh, a wealthy British woman on safari in Africa.
  • Michael Spears as Runs His Horse, the chief of the Broken Rock Reservation and a neighbour to the Duttons.
  • Amelia Rico as Issaxche, a Apsáalooke (Crow) woman seeking to reunite with her granddaughter.[10]
  • Jessalyn Gilsig as Beverly Strafford, Elizabeth's mother who is accustomed to city life.
  • Peter Stormare as Lucca, a weathered but wise sailor.[10]
  • Jacques Schembri as Jimmy Cricket, a mobster from Birmingham who crosses paths with Emma Dutton.[11]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [12]Directed byWritten by [13]Original release date [14]
1"1923"Ben RichardsonTaylor SheridanDecember 18, 2022 (2022-12-18)
In a flashforward,[15] Cara Dutton is hunting down a man for attacking the Dutton family, though he begs for mercy, she double barrels him at point blank range. A few months later in Africa, her nephew Spencer is hunting a man-eating lion and manages to kill it. Afterwards, he journeys to hunt down a leopard, only to find out that there were two of them after killing one. Back at the Yellowstone ranch, Jacob Dutton encounters problems with sheep ranchers, lead by Banner Creighton, who wish to trespass on his land to feed their starving herds of sheep. Jacob is reluctant to allow this, as sheep have a tendency to eat grass with the roots leaving empty plots of land in which the grass will not be able to grow back to feed his own livestock. When the herders trespass again, Jack Dutton discovers them and is shot at. At a Catholic Indiana Boarding school, Teonna suffers at the hands of Sister Mary, causing her to rebel.
2"Nature's Empty Throne"Ben RichardsonTaylor SheridanDecember 25, 2022 (2022-12-25)
Jack is saved by Jacob and the Yellowstone cowboys, capturing the herders and leaving them to hang as justice for trespassing again and for attacking Jack, but Banner manages to escape. Teonna continues to endure mistreatment and corporal punishment at the hands of Sister Mary. Cara and Emma discuss Jack's engagement to Elizabeth, as he has pushed the wedding back. Meanwhile in Kenya, Spencer manages to kill the second leopard but two people have already been killed. While recuperating from his wounds at a fancy hotel, Spencer meets a woman named Alexandra and the two become smitten with each other. Faced with the prospects of a possible future of a loveless marriage while on a journey of a lifetime visiting Britain's colonial outposts, Alexandra decides to leave her betrothed and joins Spender, the two officially starting a relationship.
3"The War Has Come Home"Ben RichardsonTaylor SheridanJanuary 1, 2023 (2023-01-01)
Creighton manages to stumble his way back home and gathers together other sheep herders to plot revenge against the Duttons for the lynchings and for taking all of their sheep, which were given to the Indians at the nearby reservation. The cowboys return home and Jacob takes everyone to town for recreation while he speaks to the sheriff about the sheep farmers attacking Jack, and his decision for the range justice hangings afterword. While in town, the cowboys go to a basement speakeasy in town to enjoy a good time, and some of them made for serious time afterwards with their girlfriends, especially Jack with Elizabeth. After spending the night in town, everyone heads back to the ranch the next day. The herders set up an ambush while hidden in the forest and manage to kill several Yellowstone cowboys, even wounding both Jack and Elizabeth. Creighton shows up with a tommy gun and wounds Jacob, being hit in the abdomen, while Jacob's nephew John is killed. Reinforcements arrive and kill the herders, while Creighton and several others escape. Arriving back at the ranch, a doctor is called to look after the wounded. Jacob tells Cara not to inform the Sheriff, knowing that word will get out about their vulnerability, and to write a letter to Spencer for his return. As the doctor tends to him, Cara leaves and begins to write the letter, begging for Spencer to put his own inner battle aside and come home to defend his family's land. Meanwhile, Spencer asks Alexandra to marry him.
4"War and the Turquoise Tide"Ben RichardsonTaylor SheridanJanuary 8, 2023 (2023-01-08)
The result of the rifle ambush by the sheep farmers is severe, among those killed is Elizabeth's father and several cowboys, but Jacob, Jack, and Elizabeth survive their wounds. Jacob tells Cara that she must represent him at the local biweekly meeting of cattle owners to make his case for required increases in security throughout the territory. Cara goes and effectively convinces the cattlemen to agree to Dutton's plan and schedules the next meeting of the cattlemen for one month away, in order to buy time for Jacob to recover and for her nephew to show up for the coming range war. With so many of his allies dead, Creighton meets with Donald Whitfield, a local mining tycoon in order to get money to hire guns to support his war against the Dutton family by offering to sell the mineral rights under the Dutton Ranch after taking it from the Duttons. He is then sworn to a blood oath upon their families that if they fail or are disloyal to the mining magnate, that the consequences will be severe. After hiring more men, Creighton and the sheep farmers kill the cowboys guarding the cattle left to graze in the mountains and sell the stolen cattle in Wyoming. After incessant abuse from sister Mary, Teonna kills her in her bed via suffocation, while declaring war in her native language and fleeing the school. Cara's letter reaches Africa after ninety days, and her nephew is deeply involved with his fiancée when he receives the notification that a range war is in progress and that his help is desperately required.
5"Ghost of Zebrina"TBATaylor SheridanFebruary 5, 2023 (2023-02-05)
6TBATBATaylor SheridanFebruary 12, 2023 (2023-02-12)

Crossovers[edit]

Both prequel shows are narrated by Isabel May, who in the 1883 series played Elsa, the daughter of James and Margaret Dutton.[16][17] May is the only actor who has main cast credits on both prequel shows.

Although portrayed by different actors, the only character that appears on screen in both prequel shows is John Dutton Sr.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

It was announced in February 2022 that a second Yellowstone prequel series had been ordered titled 1932 that would succeed the series 1883.[18]

In June, the title was renamed to 1923.[19]

In December 2022, Sheridan explained "No one has had the freedom I’ve had since Robert Evans ran Paramount," and discussed the 1923 production cost: "I would argue that 1883 was the most expensive first season of a TV show ever made. This was much more expensive. Much more expensive."[20]

Casting[edit]

In May, Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford were cast to star in the series.[21]

In a Deadline interview, Sheridan explained he got Ford to fly down in his own plane to Sheridan's ranch, and told him "[the script] ain’t written yet and you got to commit to it now. I need to know who I’m writing for... I poured about two bottles of wine down him. He said yes." Then Sheridan continued, "Then came Helen [Mirren], and same thing. Have a glass of wine."[20][22]

In September, Sebastian Roché, James Badge Dale, Darren Mann, Marley Shelton, Michelle Randolph, Brian Geraghty, Aminah Nieves, and Julia Schlaepfer were added to the cast.[23][2]

Filming[edit]

Pre-production began in Butte, Montana in July 2022,[24] with filming officially beginning on August 22.[25] Principal photography took place across Montana, with many Montana-set scenes shot in the same locations as Yellowstone.[26] Additional scenes were filmed in Kenya, Malta, South Africa, and Tanzania.[27][28]

The show is estimated to cost between $30–35 million per episode.[29]

The series is set to run for two seasons with eight episodes each.[30] The first season was broadcast in two blocks of four episodes each, with a roughly month-long gap in-between episode 4 and 5.

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, 1923 holds a 91% approval rating with an average rating of 7.0/10, based on 32 reviews by critics. The website's consensus reads, "Distinguished by the ineffable star power of Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, 1923 is another solid if unrelentingly grim addition to Taylor Sheridan's Yellowstone universe."[31] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the series has received a score of 67 out of 100 based on 15 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[32]

According to Paramount, the debut episode brought in 7.4 million viewers in both linear and streaming telecasts, making it Paramount+'s biggest debut ever.[33][34]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy (September 8, 2022). "'1923': Taylor Sheridan Finds Dutton Ancestors In James Badge Dale, Darren Mann & Marley Shelton As Paramount+ Series Expands Cast". Deadline. Retrieved September 8, 2022.
  3. ^ Breznican, Anthony (November 11, 2022). "1923 First Look: Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren Come to Yellowstone". Vanity Fair. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on November 12, 2022. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
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