Despite the cringe worthy title, Blood and Oil looks like a promising drama.
Created by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne, the ABC drama follows
a young couple, Billy and Cody LeFever (played by Chace Crawford and Rebecca
Rittenhouse) who move to Williston, North Dakota, after the biggest oil
discovery in American history. The series features a large ensemble cast headed
by Don Johnson as oil tycoon Hap Briggs.
In the past few seasons after many
mishaps in the drama department including the quickly cancelled Mind Games and
Killer Women, ABC has found their niche of soapy dramas with lots of
infedility, drama, lust and violence which their audiences respond too, Blood
and Oil is no exception.
Blood and Oil also stars Amber Valletta as the
socialite wife Carla, Scott Michael Foster plays Hap Briggs’ vilanous son who
will probably try to kill his father by seasons end. Miranda Rae Mayo plays Hap
Briggs’ illegitimate mixed race daughter Lacey who (you guessed it) is also
having an affair with Hap’s personal driver).
As you can see, the set up of the
series is for Billy LeFever is Hap’s ideal son and the conflicts his’adopted’
and biological sons have.
Unfortunately, Blood and Oil has been subjected to
the Sunday 9pm slot following Once Upon a Time. The timeslot was previously
occupied by Revenge which never had large ratings. A drama like Nashville seems like a more suitable pair rather than new drama Quantico which may also experience the same viewership problems as Blood & Oil.
Blood and Oil will have to
engage its audiences from the get go and maintain the fast paced, thrilling and
soapy storytelling to keep viewers interested in the characters. As long as oil remains a backdrop while sex, lies, deceit and secrets continue to be at the forefront, I'm sure Blood & Oil will become a must see Sunday night appointment.