Costner had been absent from TV for years before Yellowstone came along. His last major TV role was in 2012's Hatfields & McCoys.
The actor was eager to find the right project to mark his return to television.
Costner and writer/director Taylor Sheridan had previously discussed wanting to work together.
Sheridan specifically wrote the lead role of John Dutton with Costner in mind.
Costner signed on as both the star and an executive producer of Yellowstone.
The Paramount Network drama marked a key comeback for Costner.
Costner's performance as Dutton family patriarch John Dutton earned rave reviews.
The show drew big ratings right out of the gate.
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