Yellowstone is heading to network television, and the most-watched show on cable is expected to find a whole-new audience. According to CBS, 80% of their audience has not yet seen the Dutton family drama. But fans of the series will want to know: How will Yellowstone change when it's on network TV?
Network television stations like CBS uphold broadcast standards that typically address topics like drug and alcohol usage, language, sexual content, and violence. Cable TV stations do not have the same standards. In its original form, Yellowstone certainly would not pass the broadcast standards, as it is rated TV-MA for nudity, profanity, and violence.
A representative from CBS confirmed that some changes have been made to meet the CBS Broadcast Standards, but they are minor and the integrity of the original series will be preserved. That means certain words will be censored (we're looking at you, Rip!), but CBS confirmed that they will not use automated dialogue replacement. Rather, the words will be muted. Other scenes with sexual content or violence will be edited to meet the standards.
Even in its edited form, the CBS version is not appropriate for young children. It's rated TV-14 DSLV (suggestive dialogue, strong coarse language, intense sexual situations, or intense violence).
The first episode of Yellowstone season 1, "Daybreak," airs on CBS this Sunday, September 17 at 8:30 p.m. EST. Episodes will air each Sunday night, except for Sundays where there is an NFL doubleheader. CBS notes that the time is subject to change based on the NFL schedule.
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