Dwight Manfredi will soon be back for another round, with streaming platform Paramount+ officially renewing Tulsa King for season two. The Sylvester Stallone-starred crime drama TV series follows the life of Dwight “The General” Manfredi, a New York Mafia capo who, after serving his 25-year prison sentence, is ousted to Tulsa, Oklahoma, by his crime boss. Dwight being new to the surroundings and not knowing anyone in the state instantly sets up shop and starts recruiting new members to help build a criminal empire of his own.
Tulsa King is the birthchild of Taylor Sheridan, who you might recognize as the co-creator of the Paramount Network TV series Yellowstone and other spin-off series. Recently, Tulsa King saw its ratings blow up, following a special Paramount Network preview after an episode of Yellowstone. Judging by the Nielsen numbers provided by Paramount, the series outperformed HBO’s House of the Dragon as the network’s highest-rated series launched this year, gaining 3.7 million viewers, including delayed viewing. With figures like that, it’s little wonder Tulsa King is returning for season two.
“Tulsa King scored as the number one new series of the year, topping all others including the Game of Thrones sequel House of the Dragon, with its preview on Paramount Network, and on Paramount+, it shattered records, driving us to our biggest new sign-up day in history – which is why we instantly greenlit season two,” said Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios president and CEO Chris McCarthy.
“Tulsa King together with Mayor of Kingstown, 1883 and the upcoming 1923, undeniably confirm the success of our strategy to franchise Yellowstone and use it to supercharge streaming growth – none of which would be possible without the creative mastermind of Taylor Sheridan,” she added.
However, despite all the chart-topping numbers and fairly positive reviews, Sylvester Stallone has his reservations about Tulsa King moving forwards. In a conversation with Variety, the Rocky star shared his feelings regarding his debut TV experience and expressed that he was taken aback by how gruelling the TV show business is when compared to movies. He also noted that he isn’t certain whether this is something he wants to pursue long-term.
“It’s beyond tough. I can’t believe some people have done this for four, five or six seasons,” Stallone said. “It’s brutal, compared to filmmaking. I’ll never say, “This is a hard shoot” again on a feature. It’s a vacation compared to this! It really is… Can they shoot it at my home in Palm Beach? That’d be nice. I talked to my wife about it. If she comes along with the kids to the set to visit, perhaps. But it’s a big decision, it really is.”
Aside from being the central character, Stallone also acts as the executive producer for the show along with David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, David Hutkin, Allen Coulter, and Braden Aftergood. “We could not be more excited about the success of ‘Tulsa King,’” said Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios. “It’s a fun, fresh show that audiences are truly embracing in no small part because of its star, Sylvester Stallone. We are thankful to Chris McCarthy and MTV Entertainment Studios for their continued support and we are looking forward to getting back on set for season two.”