Now, after five seasons of “Yellowstone,” Beth has become one of the main reasons to tune into “Yellowstone.” What will she do next? Who will she pummel in a fistfight this week? Or ruin financially for the sake of her family? At the time, HBO executives didn’t see that as a selling point. In an in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sheridan shared his recollection of what the other side of the phone call in question sounded like from his point-of-view:
“‘We think she’s too abrasive. We want to tone her down. Women won’t like her.’ They were wrong, because Beth says the quiet part out loud every time. When someone’s rude to you in a restaurant, or cuts you off in the parking lot, Beth says the thing you wish you’d said.”
To be fair, sometimes Beth does act without impunity, to the point where some of her decisions almost make her ferocity feel shallow and impetuous. Going to jail for beating up a cowgirl who made the mistake of flirting with her man Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) or ending up in a post-dinner brawl with a plucky environmentalist (Piper Perabo) just makes Beth look borderline ridiculous at times. Is she a real person, or a cartoon character?
Maybe HBO had similar thoughts about the wild ways of Beth Dutton, too. In any case, TV history was made that day. It may have not worked out for HBO, but Sheridan couldn’t imagine finding a better home now that he’s kicked up his heels over at Paramount. When Sheridan retells the story to THR, you can almost picture him grinning when he recalls what he said next. “So I said to them, ‘OK, everybody done? Who on this call is responsible for a scripted show that you guys have on the air? Oh, you’re not? Thanks.’ And I hung up. They never called back.”