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DALLAS’ Cynthia Cidre Becomes EP and Showrunner of New ABC Series BLOOD & OIL (Formerly OIL)!

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Now here’s a perfect fit and they found the right gal to steer the ship! News today out of Deadline.com has that TNT Dallas EP and showrunner Cynthia Cidre, who fought so hard to try to bring the show back to its fans after 3 seasons on cable, has found a new gig!

Now Cidre will be EP and showrunner for the new ABC primetime soap opera, Blood and Oil starring Don Johnson that was formerly titled OIL, when ABC announced the show to advertisers earlier this month at its Upfront presentation in New York City.

Blood & Oil, centers on a “young working-class couple (Chace Crawford, Rebecca Rittenhouse) who move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history, where they are pitted against a ruthless tycoon (Don Johnson) who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage. Cidre will serve as co-showrunner alongside Josh Pate. The two executive produce with Tony Krantz, Rodes Fishburne, Drew Comins and Don Johnson for ABC Signature.”

Doesn’t seem like Blood and Oil is a great fit for Cynthia Cidre’s talent giving what she was able to serve up on the Dallas reboot, and some of the familiar themes that look to be a part of this new series? Share your thoughts below!

 

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clh
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clh

So basically she quit fighting because they bought her off. They are going to try to recreate Dallas with newbies they don’t have to pay as much and it ain’t going to ever be Dallas.

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When TNT cancelled DALLAS, everyone lost their jobs, including Cidre. How can you say she was “bought off” when she was basically fired? She never owned the rights to the show personally. Warner Bros. does. If any entity had the role of “fighting” for the show, it was WB; not Cidre. WB carries a lot more weight as a corporation than one executive writer-producer. I liked with Cidre did with updating DALLAS, and I think she’ll bring a lot of storytelling pizzazz to BLOOD & OIL.

mike
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Now she needs to recast the role of Don Johnson’s son with Josh Henderson.

toscanti
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toscanti

That would be Great!

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

If she does that, I’m there! Josh Henderson needs a new tv gig!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well it won’t be Dallas, but hopefully it will be a good prime time soap– with the success of Empire- let’s hope the trend continues with Blood and Oil. I’m glad she landed on her feet, maybe she might hire for this new show some of the talented actors that graced the Dallas reboot.

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su0000

Blood and Oil seems to be something I would like..
There are many high power primetime soaps, they make daytime soaps look like antiques ..

But- GH is and always will be my #1 soap!

I’m looking forward to Blood and Oil ..

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

One thing that made TNT’s DALLAS really sing IMO was the music. There was a lot of really good music from bands or musicians popular in TX featured on the show. I hope Cidre brings the same style to BLOOD & OIL. Whenever I read the DALLAS Facebook comments after an episode, people were asking, “What was that song? Who was the performer? Where can I find it?”

toscanti
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toscanti

I believe she will be a perfect fit for the show. She had alot of story ideas for the Dallas reboot that she didn’t have the opportunity to write. I’m excited to see what she does with Blood and Oil.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Ms. Cidre did a great job leading the DALLAS reboot. Shame not enough people watched. BLOOD & OIL is on my radar for fall, and it looks as though it could be a winner. I do not see it as a DALLAS clone and hope critics and audiences allow it to shine on its own merits despite the commonality of the oil business.

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Timmm

Anything with Don Johnson, I’m in! OIL, OIL & VINEGAR, BLOOD & OIL! Anyway, they should have just kept it as is, OIL. Blood is not a catchy word that associates me with drama unless its “Friday the 13th!” The catch line would have been OIL, in North Dakota its thicker than blood!

PGP
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PGP

I would like to see another name. Hang, but I will check this one out!

Charday
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Charday

Loved the DALLAS reboot. Was it ever revealed whether that was really supposed to be Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe) in the car that blew-up in the cliffhanger (series finale)? I figured it was literally a cliff-hanger, Metcalfe was never actually planning to leave the series (contrary to series’ publicity), and we would have seen him the next season if the series had been renewed.

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I hope that she does a better job with this show than she did with Dallas. It likely is a better opportunity for her as she is creating a new show rather than trying to continue/revive one with a long history.

I never thought that she had any idea what Dallas was about and no clue as to properly incorporate its history into the new version.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I loved the Dallas reboot and wished it had gotten some closure to the cliffhangers (primetime movie special perhaps?). But I know that ship has sailed.

I’ll check this out. It looks promising.

Joel
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Joel

TNT Dallas was awful, the writing was abominable. Cynthia Cidre may have good intentions but if Dallas is any indication she sucks as a producer.

j r you wing
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j r you wing

This is a ripoff of Dallas! Why didn’t another network pick up Dallas after TNT ruined it with a tough time slot? This Blood And Oil won’t last long once people realize that Montana oil is no different than Dallas ‘earl’. I want to see Patrick Duffy’s comment on this new show.

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Some of your favorites who have been in both daytime and primetime soaps will be participating in this Friday August 7th’s virtual event, “Ballot Over Broadway” to benefit Higher Heights for America and Field Team 6.

Look for General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), and former Dallas and Fuller House star, Juan Pablo Di Pace (Ex-Nicolas Trevino, Dallas) to join the likes of Laura Benanti, Andre De Shields and so many more from Broadway, TV and Film in an intimate evening songs.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and former One Life to Live star, Melissa Fumero (Amy and Ex-Adriana, respectively), will be speaking during the event.

Field Team 6 is a national volunteer army with a simple mission: Register Democrats. Save the world. By targeting places that need Democrats most, we aim to take the White House, flip the Senate, and expand our House majority.

Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies.

The event kicks-off at 8PM PST/11 PM EST and to be able to view make sure to get your tickets or to donate by going to this link here.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Time to revisit Southfork during the coronavirus pandemic, with news on Friday that some of the cast from the original CBS primetime soap, Dallas will be participating in an online virtual chat next week!

According to Deadline, confirmed thus far are: Patrick Duffy (Ex-Bobby), Linda Gray (Ex-Sue Ellen), Charlene Tilton (Ex-Lucy) and Steve Kanaly (Ex-Ray).

They will all be part of the conversation on Friday, April 24th beginning at 8 p. m. EST.  The stars are taking part in the Stars in the House livestream series to raise money for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who have been bantering with cast members of several former and beloved shows, you can watch the virtual chat up on the Stars in the House website and on YouTube.

Since the first Stars in the House episode on March 16, the series has raised approximately $209,600 to benefit The Actors Fund.

So, will you be checking out the Dallas reunion next Friday? Comment below.

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