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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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Former ‘Bachelor’ Star Colton Underwood Shares More Details on His Decision to Come Out Including Being Blackmailed

Last month, Colton Underwood came out publicly in a sit-down interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

The former lead of ‘The Bachelor’, Underwood’s announcement was met with some harsh criticism since he was already prepping a reality show about it for Netflix.

However, in a new feature with Variety, Colton shares what finally led him to reveal his truth: “I, at one point, during my rock bottom and spiral, was getting blackmailed. Nobody knows I was blackmailed.”

In his conversation, Underwood shared that while in LA he visited a spa known for a gay clientele.  Shortly thereafter, he received an anonymous email from someone claiming to have taken nude photos of him at the venue. Underwood never saw the alleged photos and explains he was at the spa “just to look,” saying he “should have never been there.”

The unidentified blackmailer threatened to “out” him in the press, and in a panic, Underwood forwarded the email to his publicist, which forced him to finally have an honest conversation about his sexual orientation, and a reckoning, of sorts.

Adding to all of this, Underwood’s relationship with his ex Cassie Randolph has also been under fire, where in court documents she filed a restraining order, alleging that he stalked her and placed a tracking device on her car.

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Due to a joint agreement with Randolph, Underwood is limited in what he can say to the press. But in the interview with Variety, he shared he wants to clear the air, because he’s seen the word “abuse” attached to previous reports on their relationship situation.  Colton expressed, “I did not physically touch or physically abuse Cassie in any way, shape or form.”

Randolph broke up with Underwood he shares, and that he was in “such a dark place” because he knew that this would be his last straight relationship and the reality hit him hard.  Underwood clarified: “If there was anything I could do to take more ownership, I would. But also, out of respect to her, I don’t want to get into the details. I want this interview to be the last time I address her, because it’s not fair for her to have her name in articles every time I talk. I’m sorry, and I want her to know that I hope she has the best, most beautiful life.”

As far as if Colton feels ABC should discuss having a gay season of The Bachelor, or if he would come back to appear as its lead, he would only say: “I think they should discuss it.  It should be a conversation. I don’t like speaking in definitives, but I’m not in a position to be in a show like that. I’m at a crossroads in my life right now.”

Watch a portion of the interview below with Colton and Variety below.  Then share your thoughts on how Underwood decided to come out via the comment section and his plans for the near-future.

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Ellen DeGeneres to End Her Talk Show After Its 19 Season

Ellen DeGeneres informed her staff yesterday that she has made the decision to end her talk show after its upcoming 19th season.  She will sit down with Oprah Winfrey on the May 13th episode of the The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss her decision to step away.

In an exclusive interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ellen shared: “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”

The show’s end comes on the heels of all of the turmoil last summer when several former and current employees accused Ellen of fostering a toxic work environment.  As well, several key producers were let-go as a result.

 

When speaking with THR, DeGeneres said of last summer’s revelations and accusations against her: “It was four solid months. And you have to understand, in that time, someone got into our house and robbed us and I lost four animals — three cats and a dog died. It was a tsunami. When it started, with that stupid ‘someone couldn’t look me in the eye’ or whatever the first thing was, it’s like a crest of a wave. Like, ‘This isn’t going to be that big of a wave.’ And then it just keeps getting bigger and bigger until it was out of control. And I really, honestly, felt like, ‘I don’t deserve this. I don’t need this. I know who I am. I’m a good person.’  And I was sitting back going, ‘If I was someone watching this, I would think, ‘Well, there must be some truth to it because it’s not stopping.’ Of course they’re going to believe this because I’m not addressing it because I was told not to and you can imagine what that felt like. And it’s a lot to live up to. I started saying “be kind to one another” because I really believe people should be kind to one another and so it was easy clickbait to say, ‘Oh, the be kind lady isn’t so kind.’ … I am kind, I’m also a woman and I’m a boss.”

Earlier this morning, The Daily Mall UK reported that Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Brothers, were expected to make an announcement that she will end her talk show after the 2021-2022 season.  According to their sources, DeGeneres told her team she “has had enough and told her team that she’s done.”

It should be noted that the The Ellen DeGeneres Show has seen a steady decline in the ratings as well.  The ratings for total households from February 2020 to February 2021 were down 40% in New York City and Chicago; and in Los Angeles it lost 59%.

Ellen’s talk show has produced over 3,000 episodes.

So, what do you think of Ellen deciding to conclude her talk show? Comment below.

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WEDNESDAY: Y&R’s Cait Fairbanks Guest Stars on ‘The Goldbergs’

On tomorrow night’s May 12th episode of the hit ABC comedy series, The Goldbergs, be on the lookout for a very familiar face from Genoa City.

That’s because The Young and the Restless Cait Fairbanks (Tessa) will guest start on the episode entitled “Alligator Schwartz” playing the role of Paula Hogan.

The episode airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT.

 

In story: Erica fears that Geoff has moved on from their breakup and started dating someone else. Meanwhile, Adam decides to find Dave Kim a date to prom, once he remembers his pact with Dave that they won’t go to prom if they both don’t have dates.

So will you be watching for Cait on The Goldbergs? Comment below.

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