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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.”

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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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Ellen DeGeneres Signs On To Continue Her Talk Show For Three More Years

After rumors were swirling that Ellen DeGeneres was considering moving on from her highly successful daytime talk show after 16 years, all of that was kiboshed, when earlier this week on Tuesday, Ellen announced herself that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would continue on for three more years through 2022.  DeGeneres inked a new deal to stay put.

In her video announcement to her studio and at-home audience, she expressed: “From the beginning, I said this show was going to be like a relationship. We’ve been through the good, the bad, the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ phase. It’s been a lot of fun and 16 years is a pretty good run. Sometimes in a relationship, you need to take a break. But I don’t. You’re stuck with me. I just signed for three more years.”

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DeGeneres’ writing, directing and producing team all won Daytime Emmys at the just completed 46th annual ceremonies.

Watch Ellen’s announcement below, followed by Michael Fairman TV’s interviews with ‘Ellen’s’ creative teams from earlier this month after they took home the gold.

Let us know via the comment section below, if you are glad that Ellen’s daytime talk show will live to see another day, in fact, three years!

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General Hospital’s New Opening Title Sequence

Last Friday on the May 17th episode of ABC’s General Hospital, viewers took note of a new version of the opening title sequence of the daytime drama series.

Some thought perhaps it was tied to the GH Nurses’ Ball episodes since that is when it debuted, but in fact, it turns out it is the new updated title sequence moving forward.

With slower images of the cast, new theme music, and the end graphic plate bringing back the hospital image; thus far fans have seemed to like the new and improved version from what was previously airing.

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A GH spokesperson told Michael Fairman TV on the change: “We ‘opened it up’ so that we could better feature our amazing cast.  And the back plate of the hospital is to honor our longtime GH fans.  The new music was composed by Paul Glass.”

So, what do you think of the new opening title sequence featuring the slides of the characters/cast in Port Charles, the pace of the new theme, and the retro use of the GH hospital image? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THURSDAY: E! News Daytime Drama Deep Dive Visits DAYS, GH, and Y&R

Mark your calendars for a very special segment on the soaps, when E! News delivers their Daytime Drama deep dive on Thursday, May 23 hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy at 7pm-8pm ET/PT on cable’s E!

Look for set visits, interviews, retro clips, and more with some of the most famous and enduring characters in the genre.  Here’s just a sample of what to watch for:

When E! News visit the set of Y&R, Eric Braeden recounts the time Victor was feeding his wife Julia’s lover trapped in the basement dead rat; while Tracey Bregman (Lauren) reflects on why the viewers love the relationships and families in Genoa City.

In Salem and Days of our Lives, E! chats with series staples: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), then Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John).  Deidre reveals “possession will be on my tombstone” in terms of Marlena’s most infamous story of all-time when the good doc was possessed by Satan, while the beloved duo discuss why daytime is the best job to have.  Alfonso talks on the history of her character sharing: “I am going to hold near and dear to my heart the beginnings of Hope. And the adventure and the romance of Bo and Hope”.

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From the set of General Hospital new interviews are featured with: Laura Wright (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia), plus Casting Director Mark Teschner remembers Meghan Markle’s acting debut on the ABC daytime drama series.

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Teschner remembers: “Meghan Markle actually had her first speaking role in television on General Hospital.  She worked on the show in the background as a nurse, and we brought her up to read her to see if there was something there.”

Steve Burton chats on the craziest story he has ever played as Jason Morgan, revealing, “The one that always pops into my head is we had to go catch a monkey that had a virus, and I said to Laura (Wright) I think this is probably the end of my career today.”

The E! News special segment will show nostalgic clips from all the daytime dramas, including Luke and Laura’s wedding on GH, Marlena’s possession from DAYS, and some of Victor’s nefarious schemes from Y&R.

Check out the promo below.  Then, let us know if you will be checking out the ‘deep dive’ this Thursday via the comment section below.

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