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ABC Unveils New Soapy Primetime Drama OIL For Its Fall Schedule!

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On Tuesday, ABC announced its 2015-16 slate of programming which includes the addition of 10 new series.

Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, unveiled the network’s new lineup to advertisers this afternoon at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. One of the new dramas in the line-up looks to be a primetime soap reminiscent of Dallas, but with a twist entitled OIL.  The series stars Don Johnson who makes his return to television as a ruthless oil tycoon in North Dakota. The series tag line: “When you mix oil and money, the results are explosive!”

In the premise of OIL revealed today: “Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to The Bakken in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.”

Along with Johnson the series stars:  Chance Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Cody, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Revenge star Amber Valletta (Ex-Lydia Davis) as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India de Beaufort as Jules, former Y&R star Yani Gellman (Ex-Rafe) as AJ, and Caitlin Carver as Lacey.

OIL will debut on Sunday’s in the 9PMET slot, following Once Upon A Time!  Watch the trailer shown at the Upfront presentation today for OIL! Then let us know what you thoughts of it! Will you be checking it out this fall?

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mark
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mark

LOL i give it two episodes tops! LOL

Ren
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Ren

Ditto, Mark

Nevermind the fact that I spent nine seasons watching “Dynasty” and 14 seasons watching “Dallas.”

Been there, enjoyed them, don’t wanna do them over again. Obviously ABC does, though.

brian
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brian

oh darn….I first thought it was OLTL !!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

So did I when I initially glanced at the headline. That’s the only reason I read the story. Too bad it isn’t. Oh, how I miss our beloved OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!

jimbo
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jimbo

me too!

I have no interest in prime-time soaps. they’re only on once a week and they seldom last 10 years.

gimme llanview.

by the way, I had a hard time understanding “a twist entitled oil.” I couldn’t understand how a twist was entitled to something or someone. … I think the writer meant TITLED.

Rodd
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Rodd

Interesting. Like Chance Crawford. Hope it works.

Nk3play2
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Nk3play2

Why didn’t ABC just pick up the damn Dallas reboot to begin with?!

Wayne
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Wayne

Yes why not pick up Dallas and re-do it better then TNT did.

holly
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holly

I loved Dallas. ABC should have picked it up.

PGP
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PGP

Agreed!

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

CBS aired the original DALLAS, and continues to hold the copyright or whatever rights to any and all characters, including the ones from KNOT’S LANDING. They would never allow ABC, a competitor, to benefit from their intellectual property. The reason TNT was able to air the most recent DALLAS series was because Time-Warner owns the cable channel. CBS & Time-Warner do a lot of business together.

Wayne
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Wayne

Warner Bros owns the rights to Dallas not CBS anymore, CBS sold the rights years ago.

The Substitute
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The Substitute

How ironic the series Dynasty in the 1980’s was suppose to be called Oil but they changed the title and it was on ABC

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Also his name is Chace Crawford and we are longtime friends of his grandparents!

mark y
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mark y

Gossip Girl

Alan
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Alan

I’m guessing when the ratings for this come in ABC will wish they’d given REVENGE a fifth season…

JUDY
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JUDY

SHOULD HAVE LEFT DALLAS ON THE AIR…..SOUNDS LIKE A COPY-CAT THAT WILL NEVER MAKE IT IF DALLAS DIDNT…..

Ren
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Ren

Should have left THE ORIGINAL 1978 to 1991 “Dallas” on the air.

It should have been a staple program like “60 Minutes,” “Saturday Night Live,” etc.

Liam
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Liam

Hmm…Wick, Tip and Billy? :-S

su0000
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su0000

It is absolutely nothing like the outdated Dallas, nothing at all..
People seem to think it a retake on Dallas because it has oil and family, but no way a Dallas anything..

I see the series being a hit !!!
Anyone who would compare it to Dallas, well they are………………………

ND is bursting with men and oil,, ND is the new Texas oil, but not Dallas … lol
wouldn’t be surprised if the Clampetts showed up aha!

Fanny
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Fanny

I agree Suooo, ND has been the next Texas for the past several years, the next Big Boom
town. Don Johnson is the creative lead behind this “SOAP” 64 and holding strong, handsome
as EVER. Looks like sudsy fun!

mark y
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mark y

I agree with Su. I hope it isn’t all business though. The Dallas reboot on TNT bored me to tears with all the double dealing. I missed meals around the Southfork dining room table.and swiming pool shenanigans. With Empire being such a knock-out, the nighttime soap may just come back.

elm51
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elm51

i will watch at least one episode – trailers are usually deceiving……………..

su0000
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su0000

Also watch ABC series/soap.. The Family..
It is spellbinding, it comes across much more grabbing than Oil ..
I think The Family will do better than OIL..
watch the trailer, you will feel it ..
but-
”both” are sure to be winners!

Omar
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Omar

I willl watch also at least one episode but this trailer looks like this show is boring hot mess.

jonboy
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jonboy

Sunday night: the graveyard. I’m tired of getting involved in new series which last half, maybe a full, season.

Karen
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Karen

I loved Dallas, wish it was still on, but also like Don Johnson. I will be watching it, sounds like it could be good, Sad however that is on ABC, not my fav anymore.

Timmm
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Timmm

Cover me with oil, I’m in! I am so happy that Don Johnson is back on TV! He will be great and its good to have another soap of anytime of the day be on a network. Keep them coming! PS: The trailer looks great!

Fanny
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Fanny

Thank you Timmm, my sentiments exactly. Looks juicy.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I’m done with oil-based soap operas. Don’t want to watch any of them unless I can see John Ross strutting around in a cowboy hat & JR’s belt buckle, arguing with Uncle Bobby and mom, Sue Ellen, at the annual Ewing barbecue.

Dawn
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Dawn

This one I’ll check out for sure. I have liked most of Don’s work since the beginning.

Phillip brooks
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Phillip brooks

The Bakken in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history.

Can’t wait for the episodes featuring deaths from lack ofsafetyy regulations in North Dakota

Sammie
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Sammie

Because no other industry or occupation ever has any deaths.

Sammie
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Sammie

That looks pretty good! Don Johnson looks pretty good too! lol

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