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On May 18, 2022, Paramount+ announced that Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming limited series The Story of Bass Reeves will be an offshoot of the yellowstone spin off 1883.
The series stars Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo as Bass Reeves, the legendary 19th-century lawman of the Wild West.
1883 studied how the first generation of Dutton ranchers found their way to Montana, where they founded the legendary Yellowstone ranch.
With country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as pioneers James and Margaret Dutton, it accurately depicts the hard life and lawlessness of that era.
Corresponding yellowstone creator taylor sheridan, 1883 was originally intended as a one-season show. While 1883: The Bass-Reeves Story will expand the world of historical drama, it is by no means a direct sequel to its parent series.
Season 2 release date of 1883
There’s no official release date for season 2 of 1883. While the network has indicated when we can expect the new season to arrive, it seems they don’t have to make a decision just yet.
In February 2022, Paramount+ announced that the “next chapter” of 1883 would premiere in late 2022.
However, some sources believe the show will come out sometime in 2023. This is a more likely scenario since yellowstone Season 5 is scheduled to premiere on November 13th Tulsa King. Besides the yellowstone spin off 1923 will also be published in December.
Therefore, Paramount Network may wait until next year to release 1883 Season 2. We’ll update this section once the official premiere date is available.
1883 season 2 storyline
So far, Paramount has remained silent about the plot of 1883 season 2. Since then however 1883: The Bass-Reeves Story is not a direct sequel to the original series, we will not see the same storylines as in 1883.
Assuming the miniseries takes place in the title year, the story would begin eight years after Bass Reeves’ service as US Marshall. As for the stories Taylor Sheridan plans to tell on the show, we’ll just have to wait and see.
1883 Season 2 cast
Currently, David Oyelowo is the only official cast member of 1883 season two. The accomplished actor previously played Martin Luther King Jr. in the period film Selma (2014) and has various film and television credits to his name.
His notable performances include Planet of the Apes: Prevolution (2011), Jack Reacher (2012), The Butler (2013), Queen of Katwe (2016) and A United Kingdom (2016).
For his portrayal of Peter Snowden on nightingale (2014), he received a Golden Globe and Emmy Award nomination.
He played along on the small screen Star Wars: Rebels (2014-2018) and Les Miserables (2018-2019), among others. More recently, he appeared in the lead role of The girl before (2021).
We currently have no further information on the cast of 1883: The Bass-Reeves Story. However, since the show takes place around the same time as the original series, we may see some familiar faces from the 1883 Universe.
Who is Bass Reeves?
The show’s titular character is based on a real-life historical figure of the same name. Bass Reeves was the first black citizen to become US Marshal in the Wild West after slavery ended in 1865.
“Known as the greatest frontier hero in American history and believed to be the inspiration for The Lone Ranger, Reeves served as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory in the post-Reconstruction era, capturing over 3,000 of the most dangerous criminals ever to be wounded.” reads the official synopsis of the show.
Freed from slavery in his late 20s, Reeves spent much of his time in Indian territory, leading to his recruitment as US Marshall in 1875.
During his career, he recorded over 3,000 arrests and killed 14 outlaws in self-defense. During his service he was responsible for patrolling 75,000 square miles of Indian Territory.
How many episodes are there in season 2 of 1883?
According to Paramount+, Season 2 of 1883 will have six episodes. Based on Taylor Sheridan’s other creations, we can assume the episodes will be around an hour long.
As revealed by meetingTaylor Sheridan will direct the first two episodes 1883: The Bass-Reeves Story. The western storyteller will also serve as the show’s executive producer alongside co-star David Oyelowo and his wife Jessica.
It is not yet known who will direct the remaining four episodes of the series. However, Oyelowo shared during the Paramount Plus UK launch event that he hopes to appoint a diverse group of directors for the role.
Is 1883 based on a true story?
Like Yellowstone, the 1883 prequel series is not based on a true story. All of the series’ storylines and characters are the product of Taylor Sheridan’s imagination.
The only notable exception is the character of Charles Goodnight, who portrays Taylor Sheridan himself. Goodnight was a famous 19th-century Texas rancher and cattle hunter.
Where can I watch season 2 of 1883?
You can watch Season 2 of 1883 exclusively on Paramount+ once the show releases. Outside the United States, the streaming service is available in Canada, Latin America, the Middle East, Australia, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.
While Yellowstone isn’t currently streaming on the platform, the spinoff series 1883 and 1923 are both Paramount+ originals.
You can subscribe to Paramount+ for just $4.99/month or $49.99/year to enjoy the full library of limited commercials. However, if you don’t want to look through ads, you need to upgrade to the premium version for $9.99/month or $99.99/year.
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