ABC’s new drama Blood & Oil premieres tonight and promises family drama,double-dealing, getting rich quick, and sexy romance! Get a sneak peek of the pilot episode, airing at 9:00pm ET|PT on ABC.
By now I think it’s pretty clear that I LOVE my television dramatic and sexy! I definitely blame this predilection on my parents, who never met a night-time soap they didn’t love. And, of course, Dallas was that quintessential, genre-defining show—family, conflict, romance, crisis, all couched in the decadent, and competitive world of Texas’ oil barons. I mean, come on, didn’t we all love to hate J.R. Ewing?!
I’m always on the look out for a show that will give me similar feels, and I feel pretty confident that Blood & Oil will be that show!
Blood & Oil stars Don Johnson (Miami Vice, Nash Bridges), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Rebecca Rittenhouse (Red Band Society), Amber Valletta (Hitch), Scott Michael Foster (Greek), Adan Canto (Mixology), India de Beaufort (Jane by Design), and Delroy Lindo (Gone in 60 Seconds).
Billy (Chace Crawford) and Cody Lefever (Rebecca Rittenhouse) are a young, recently married couple with dreams bigger than their working-class upbringing. Following the largest oil discovery in American history, they pack up and move from their small town in Florida to the wild boomtown of Rock Springs, North Dakota, where a millionaire is made every day. Intent on exploiting the local commerce, they plan to open a humble laundromat, which they’ve financed by raising money from friends and family. After arriving, they quickly realize Rock Springs is a modern day gold rush where people just like them are flocking in droves, all fueled by dreams of striking it rich.
Hap Briggs (Don Johnson) is the Baron of the Bakken of North Dakota and a legend in the oil business. His wife, Carla (Amber Valletta), brings a sophistication and worldliness to the oil fields, and is every bit Hap’s equal in legacy building. As the boom reaches new heights, Hap is determined to prove he is not just a rich man, but a great man, willing to play a little dirty to get what he wants.
After a rough start getting settled in Rock Springs, Billy becomes eager to cash in on the new world that surrounds him. When he makes a go of trying his hand in the oil business, he crosses paths with the Briggs as they embark on expanding their empire into new territory. Tangling with titans is not for the faint of heart, and when Billy bets big, it causes Cody to question his intentions, and ultimately their marriage. Is this their American dream, or unchecked ambition?
Along the way, Billy meets Wick Briggs (Scott Michael Foster), Hap’s son and heir to the family fortune. But Wick isn’t the man his father is, and reveals the grittiness and corruption behind the wealthy sheen. Unwilling to play by the rules, Wick is in bed with all the wrong types of people, including Jules (India de Beaufort), a beautiful and resourceful owner of the local bar who knows how to use her assets to her benefit. With all of these different agendas from all walks of life packed into this small North Dakota town, the local Sheriff, Tip Hamilton (Delroy Lindo), has the thankless job of trying to maintain peace and order in this modern day new frontier. (via ABC)
I don’t know about you, but I’m ALL in! There’s just something about the oil industry that’s ripe with potential for family drama, competition, deception/double-dealing, getting rich quick, and sexy romance…and I’m HERE for all these things!
Thanks to ABC, we have the synopsis for the pilot episode (written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne, directed by Jonas Pate) as well as THREE clips from the upcoming show.
BILLY AND CODY LEFEVER HOPE TO STRIKE IT RICH, BUT ARE PITTED AGAINST A RUTHLESS TYCOON—Billy and Cody Lefever are a young, recently married couple with dreams bigger than their working-class upbringing. Following the largest oil discovery in American history, they pack up and move from their small city to the boomtown of Rock Springs, North Dakota, where a millionaire is made every day. Intent on tapping into this explosion of wealth, they set out to start their own business, which they’ve financed with every penny to their name. After a rough start, Billy becomes increasingly eager to cash in on this modern day gold rush. When he tries his hand in the oil business, he crosses paths with the baron of the Bakken, Hap Briggs and his equally powerful wife, Carla, as they embark on expanding their empire into new territory. But tangling with titans is not for the faint of heart and when Billy bets big, it causes Cody to question his intentions, and ultimately their marriage (via ABC)
In the first clip, we see Billy and Cody preparing for their adventure in North Dakota and parting ways with family and friends. Unfortunately, turmoil is quick to find them.
In the second video, we meet Hap and Wick Briggs in the midst of a disagreement. The big Baron is disappointed in his son’s lack of seriousness about the family business and has a plan to teach Wick a lesson.
And in the final sneak peek, Billy witnesses the culmination of the Briggs father/son drama, which gets loud and dirty.
DRAMAAAAAAAA! I’m *so* excited!
It looks like Billy and Cody quickly become entwined with the Briggs family, and while there’s the opportunity to get rich quick, I don’t think Hap plans to make things that easy for the newbies. Also, Wick makes me nervous…it’s like he’s self-destructing, but plans to take everyone with him, including his father!
Blood & Oil debuts tonight at 9:00pm ET|PT on ABC. We’ll be live tweeting the premiere, so tune in and join us!
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