Stream On: More big-screen stars on TV—‘1923’ and ‘Tulsa King’

By on February 23, 2023

Taylor Sheridan is on a roll—the co-creator of the game-changing horse opera Yellowstone is steadily building out its history, first with the prequel 1883, and now with 1883’s sequel (and second Yellowstone prequel), 1923. And just to stay busy, he’s adding to his stable of crime-not-necessarily-on-a-ranch series Mayor of Kingstown with Tulsa King.


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“Violence has always haunted this family. It followed us from the Scottish Highlands and the slums of Dublin. It ravaged us upon the coffin ships of Ireland. Stranded us on the beaches of New Jersey, devoured us upon the battlefields of Shiloh and Antietam. And it followed us here—lurking beneath the pines and in the rivers.”

Like 1883, 1923 begins with an out-of-context flash-forward involving a strong pioneer woman; this time, Cara Dutton (Helen Mirren) is chasing someone down on foot, finishing him off with a shotgun.

“And where it doesn’t follow, we hunt it down. We seek it.”

Then we’re taken to Kenya, where Spencer Dutton (Brandon Sklenar), a WWI veteran, is a hunter for hire, currently working at finding a man-eating leopard which had killed a member of a party of tourists. He’s shell-shocked with what we now call PTSD and is resisting his Aunt Cara’s requests to come home to Montana and the Yellowstone ranch.

My father had three children. Only one would live to see their own children grown. Only one would carry the fate of this family through the depression and every other hell the 20th century hurled at them.” (Elsa Dutton, 1883)

Back at Yellowstone, Cara’s husband, Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford, in his first scripted TV role since 1977), is being drawn into a range war with sheep grazers who are encroaching on the Yellowstone. Jacob and Cara had taken over the ranch after the death of James and Margaret, the protagonists of 1883, raising their two surviving sons, John and Spencer.

And at a Catholic Indian Boarding school, Teonna Rainwater suffers at the hands of Sister Mary, beginning her own family saga. She is a descendent of Thomas Rainwater, who will become, in the 21st century, chief of the Broken Rock Reservation and the Grey Wolf Peak Casino, and John Dutton III’s friend and adversary.

Like 1883, 1923’s production values and cinematography are stunning, as is the writing and acting. Sheridan has created an intricate family saga and universe, the scope of which is beginning to resemble an American Old Testament. (The Dutton family tree can be seen in this graphic.)


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“Taylor Sheridan is the first to admit that the number of series he is fielding for various Paramount platforms is ‘excessive’” (Variety). He said, “But it’s an opportunity to tell stories the way I want to tell them with a creative freedom that just doesn’t exist in this space. And so I kind of have to take advantage of it.”

Holed up for a week due to COVID, it seems that Sheridan was bored and hatched the idea for Tulsa King on the phone with a producer. He said, “Look, all you need, in my opinion, to have an interesting TV show is take a really fascinating character and drop them in a world that we don’t know anything about.” And so was born Dwight “The General” Manfredi (Sylvester Stallone, in his first scripted TV performance), a New York mafia capo in exile in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after serving 25 years in prison.

Sly Stallone, in great shape at 76, has a lot of fun in this smart and droll fish-out-of-water exercise, and so does the audience. His Dwight Manfredi is an intelligent mafioso who is an adept problem solver. He’s a quick study: in prison for 25 years, he spent most of that time reading, and so can quote The Art of War while figuring out new uses for today’s tech, often schooling his juniors.

Despite staying quiet while in prison to protect his boss, gangster Pete Invernizzi (A.C. Peterson) and his son, “Chickie” Invernizzi (Vincent Piazza, The Wire), Dwight is told to go to Tulsa as the family doesn’t have anything for him in New York. There he obtains a car and a hotel room and hires taxi driver Tyson (Jay Will) as his associate. Learning that marijuana is legally sold at a local dispensary, Dwight offers “protection” to the owner, “Bodhi” Geigerman (Martin Starr, Drunk History). As Dwight continues making contacts in Tulsa and establishing his base of operations, the FBI learns of his presence and issues a bulletin to all federal agents in Tulsa. Dwight and his fledgling crew have to juggle threats from Chickie in New York, the investigating feds, and a local biker gang whose territory they’re infringing on. O pioneers!

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Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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