Thursday, 10 September 2015

Ignore the Viscous Title Blood &Oil Actually Quite Good

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.

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