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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
mark

LOL i give it two episodes tops! LOL

Ren
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
brian

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

Llanviewer717
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
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
Rodd

Interesting. Like Chance Crawford. Hope it works.

Nk3play2
Nk3play2

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

Wayne
Wayne

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

holly
holly

I loved Dallas. ABC should have picked it up.

PGP
PGP

Agreed!

KansasGuest
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
Wayne

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

The Substitute
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
The Substitute

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

mark y
mark y

Gossip Girl

Alan
Alan

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

JUDY
JUDY

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

Ren
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
Liam

Hmm…Wick, Tip and Billy? :-S

su0000
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
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
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
elm51

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

su0000
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
Omar

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

jonboy
jonboy

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

Karen
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
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
Fanny

Thank you Timmm, my sentiments exactly. Looks juicy.

KansasGuest
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
Dawn

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

Phillip brooks
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
Sammie

Because no other industry or occupation ever has any deaths.

Sammie
Sammie

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

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Broadway Legend Carol Channing Dies At 97; B&B Remembers Her Time On The Soap

The beloved and iconic star Carol Channing has passed away at age 97.  Best known for her performance as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, the Tony Award-winning actress also picked up a Golden Globe for her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and was nominated for an Academy Award for it as well, throughout her enduring career.

Reports on Tuesday detail that Channing died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, of natural causes.

While Channing did so much in her illustrious career, she also appeared as herself back in 1993 on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful.  That’s when the Forresters staged a celebrity-filled fashion show with plenty of glitz.

In a tweet with a photo of B&B’s enduring star, John McCook (Eric Forrester) pictured with Channing, the daytime drama shared: “All of us at mourn the loss of our friend, the legendary star, . She was a true original and there will never be anyone like her. Ms. Channing appeared as herself on B&B in 1993. May she rest in peace.”

Channing’s performance as a diamond-loving showgirl, Lorelei Lee, in the Broadway musical Gentleman Prefer Blondes back in 1949 made her a star.  Marilyn Monroe would play the role in the film adaptation.

Later in her TV career, she appeared on numerous shows including: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, The Love Boat, Touched by an Angel and several game shows, to name just a few.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Carol Channing via the comment section below.

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Who Will Be Ryan’s Next Victim On General Hospital?

Here;s what we know .. on Monday’s episode of ABC;s General Hospital, Ryan added CarSon, Sonny and Carly, to his hit list of victims.  He wants them out of the the way so Ava can take Avery and leave Port Charles with him and never look back.

Meanwhile, Carly is definitely a threat to figuring out that Kevin is Ryan, given her unrelenting quest and her days at Ferncliff.

Elsewhere, Franco is up to trying to figure out why “Kevin” suddenly dumped him as a patient, and if anyone can come across the lock box in “Kevin’s” office and open it up, therein lies clue to the serial killer’s movesand victims.

But will Port Charles continue to think that “Kevin” is having some sort of breakdown over the anniversary of his twin brother, Ryan’s “death” and heinous killing spree years ago? Will anyone figure out the real Kevin is locked up in a straight-jacket at Ferncliff?

Check out this week’s promo for GH below, and then let us know; who you think will truly be Ryan’s next victim, or will he finally be caught?  And, what have you thought of the performances of Jon Lindstrom in this storyline? Comment below.

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David Canary’s Daughter Raises Question If Repeated Head Traumas From His Football Past Contributed To AMC Star’s Condition Before His Death

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease that is now widely known to be the outcome of repeated head traumas, concussions and more for many NFL athletes, Pro Wrestlers, hockey players and more   It has caused mental illness, severe behavioral changes and more in younger athletes to even old-timers, many who suffer unaware what is happening to them. Some athletes who have committed suicide have been later to have been diagnosed with CTE when their brains were donated to research.

Kate Canary, the daughter of All My Children’s beloved and late, David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler), is a contributing writer to the New York Daily News, and she wrote a heartfelt, and thought-provoking article, on just what happened to this icon, who died in 2015 at the age of 77  with his formal diagnosis being Alzheimer’s disease.

However, David’s earlier football past as a high school and college football player could very well been the reason why he suffered so many years before, and as Kate related here in these excerpts: “But this diagnosis came after years of suffering with Dad’s cognitive decline, and arguably decades of signs. Without exposing the most excruciating details of a disease that could extinguish the most vibrant of men, I can confess that his case was anything but typical.  We lost him in fits and starts, over and over, for roughly seven years leading up to his final breath. Begrudgingly, we learned to lie to him — ‘entering his world,’ as my brother Chris so delicately deemed it — to skirt the contradictory truths that would trigger his outbursts, which left physical scars on objects, on himself, and on others. We knew many families who had faced Alzheimer’s, yet we were the only ones uttering the comparison ‘Jekyll and Hyde.  Those closest to Dad witnessed firsthand the erratic, delusional and at times explosive episodes that characterized his particular case, which we tried attributing to an overactive imagination in a broken brain. But as more information emerges about CTE and the nature of its symptoms — the violent mood swings, the lapses in judgment, the hours-long hallucinations, the paranoid delusions — we are left with more questions than answers, more regret than relief.”

Kate goes on to state the facts that David Canary suffered at least four major concussions as a lineman in his high school and college football playing days between the ages of 16 and 22, (she also relates that those are the ones he remembered).  She also notes the multi-Daytime Emmy winning star has experienced cognitive difficulties decades before his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and that there was no genetic lineage that the family knew of that would you would often find with Alzheimer’s patients.  She also noted that David’s volatility was unusual for a patient suffering from this disease, which leads us all back to CTE.

In the end a loving daughter asks the questions, “Did football kill my father?”  Kate was on the verge of looking into a way to donate David’s brain to science, but sadly he passed away eight weeks later in November of 2015.

The upshot is that when mothers and fathers allow their kids to play football or other-related sports at an early age were concussions are a possibly or involved, think again, you could be changing the course of their lives forever.

So, what did you think of what Kate shared about David Canary’s mental health and condition?  It would seem CTE could have been the root cause of what befell this giant of a man in the daytime soap world. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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