“Yellowstone Meets Virgin River” – Netflix To Release ‘Ransom Canyon,’ A Cowboy Romance Show Starring Minka Kelly

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It looks like Netflix is dipping their toes in the country romance scene.

According to Deadline, Netflix is unveiling their upcoming Texas cowboy romance drama titled Ransom Canyon, starring the likes of Josh Duhamel and Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly.

Ransom Canyon, based off Jodi Thomas’s novel under the same name, tells the story of a ranching family in Texas, and according to the website, focuses on three characters:

“Rancher Staten Kirkland, the last descendant of Ransom Canyon’s founding father, is rugged and practical to the last. No one knows that when his troubling memories threaten to overwhelm him, he runs to lovely, reclusive Quinn O’Grady… or that she has her own secret that no one living knows. 

Young Lucas Reyes has his eye on the prize—college, and the chance to become something more than a ranch hand’s son. But one night, one wrong decision, will set his life on a course even he hadn’t imagined.

Yancy Grey is running hard from his troubled past. He doesn’t plan to stick around Ransom Canyon, just long enough to learn the town’s weaknesses and how to use them for personal gain. Only Yancy, a common criminal since he was old enough to reach a car’s pedals, isn’t prepared for what he encounters.”

Jinny Howe, Netflix’s Head of Drama, told the outlet it’s Virgin River meets Yellowstone:

“It’s a multi-generational family show set on a ranch, and we say it’s ‘Virgin River’ meets ‘Yellowstone.'”

The show will be based off the intersecting lives of three ranching families, all set in the gorgeous backdrop of the Texas Hill Country.

Howe continued:

“It’s a contemporary Western romance show, just looking for more in this comfort romance space. We think that it’s going to deliver on all the romance and again it will be a really beautiful vista and setting, very escapist.”

As far as the main characters go, Duhamel will play Staten Kirkland, a local ranch owner owner, and Kelly will play a city woman who is relocating to the small town.

Netflix has reportedly ordered 10 episodes for Ransom Canyon, with the first two episodes being directed by Amanda Marsalis, and Dan Angel as executive producer.

I have to admit, this whole show sounds a little bit on the Hallmark Christmas movie side of things, and they don’t even pull punches admitting that it’ll be a mash up of two popular shows right now, but I’ll give anything based out of the Texas Hill Country a chance.

I’ll also give anything Minka Kelly a chance… you know what I mean? Lyla Garrity? C’mon now…

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