So How Much Blood and Oil Is There in the Blood & Oil Premiere? The Answer May …

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‘Blood and Oil’ Boss on the Don Johnson Series’ “Love Triangles That Will Explode”.

Ever wonder what happened to Nate Archibald () after he left Gossip Girl? Welcome to oil country, where the scrappy survive, the rich get richer and hot dudes from your old favorite teen shows are all grown up and fight in the mud.For those of you who had high hopes that Blood & Oil was going to be in the vein of the iconic ‘80s primetime drama Dallas, you may be on a path where all your dreams come true.SERIES: “Blood & Oil,” which premieres Sunday on ABC, is created by Josh Pate, a co-executive producer of TNT’s “Legends,” and Rodes Fishburne, a writer with no prior television experience.

Billy (Chace Crawford, “Gossip Girl”) and Cody (Rebecca Rittenhouse, “Red Band Society”) are our dreamers, pulling up from a small town in Florida to make their fortune in the oil boom town of Rock Springs, N.D.The series focuses on working-class married couple Billy (Chace Crawford) and Cody LeFever (Rebecca Rittenhouse), who move to North Dakota following a major oil discovery. For our Fall TV Preview mega-issue, we spoke to the former Miami Vice and Nash Bridges star, 65, about his return to the small screen and what being around billionaires is really like. They plan to get rich by opening three laundromats and have tapped all their tender-hearted relations for the money to buy several washing machines and dryers. Showrunner Jon Feldman tells The Hollywood Reporter about the series’ many secrets, his feelings about frequent comparisons to Dallas and how the show distinguishes itself from ABC’s other current sudsy drama series.

But if the aforementioned is enough for you, invest in this ABC primetime soap that’s got all the ingredients to become your new favorite guilty pleasure. And Chace Crawford is Billy, the scrappy speculator who earns Hap’s respect but whose marriage to the beautiful Cody (Rebecca Rittenhouse) may not survive his demands. I think the ABC genre that they’ve done so well involves fun characters involved in compelling storylines and a big cast of really wonderful actors, and I think we do that. I think Ghandi heard a bell, I think Mandela heard a bell — I’m not so sure that Hap possesses any of their virtues, but when people hear that bell, it is as if nothing is going to alter their course. CRITICS SAY: “If ‘Blood & Oil’ tries merely to work Shakespearian family dynamics, it may have a hard time,” Neil Genzlinger wrote in The Times. “There’s another show already doing that, better and more sexily, called ‘Empire.’ ” Elsewhere: Critics said that the series doesn’t drill very deep and that it fails to tap the mother lode.

Because Billy is a terrible driver — who crashes twice in the pilot alone — the couple loses their entire start-up stock of washers and immediately needs a backup plan. Desolate and nearly destitute, the two end up in what looks like a tent city not so different from a major setting of HBO’s “Deadwood,” which followed a gold rush boom in South Dakota about 150 years earlier. Cody, thankfully, with her two years of pharm school, is qualified enough to get a job at a pharmacy in a town where people “either have two houses or two jobs.” They apparently take what they can get.

Rock Springs is the epicenter for this North American boom and Briggs’ rigs line the horizon like little beacons of light announcing their billion-dollar production. It’s clear Cody, who learns midway through the episode that she’s pregnant, is the capable one here: she looks out for leads, has the business mind, can work her way around a deal, etc. Family Guy (9 p.m., Fox) – Season 14 opens with the guys going to an abandoned asylum in search of inspiration for a horror movie, and accidentally killing someone. He’s at war with his own son Wick (Scott Michael Foster, “Chasing Life”), a spoiled jerk who’d rather take some criminal shortcuts to earn his fortune.

I think we’ll start in the premiere by realizing that people right under your roof or right under your nose may have secrets that they’re keeping from you. Understandably, this mom-to-be wanted to book it back home, but she stood by her man and even forked over a family heirloom so he could put down collateral on a land investment. He intends to use this borrowed money (all cash, by the way) to buy a piece of land that he wants to sell back to oil man Briggs, but runs into issues.

Johnson, who also serves as one of the show’s executive producers, is just as commanding onscreen as ever, and Crawford is good as a guy who gambles big — perhaps too big — to get what he wants. It becomes a story of an older man who has everything and a younger man who wants what that man has, and sometimes the worst that can happen is getting what you want. Luckily, this is a very fast-moving soap and before you can say “unrealistic,” the couple have borrowed money from cash-flushed bar owner, purchased the land, made a deal with Briggs to get 5% of what he makes from drilling through their land and invested $50,000 in their kind neighbor’s dream restaurant. Their entire investment is now at the bottom of a picturesque valley and the only option left is to hitchhike the rest of the way with all of their possessions. Amber Valletta as Hap’s wife Carla will remind viewers of Robin Wright’s icy first lady in Netflix’s “House of Cards.” She’s as much — if not more — a schemer.

It’s very important that on a show like this, where you do have big themes and melodrama and high stakes, that we really tell it in a relatable way, so we understand why the characters go through these moves, we understand why the characters are involved in these stories. The reservation’s oil needed to be accessed through an adjacent plot of land, which Billy bought out from under them thanks to a few well-timed loans.

Thanks to Billy’s genius investment, he was able to lease the land to Hap for a cool $1,000,000, which means he and Cody are officially Uncle Scrooge-level rich. Don puts the show first, and that’s an incredibly rewarding and incredibly inspiring thing to be a part of, and it sets a great example for everybody. (Laughs) It’s never a bad thing to be compared with an iconic show, and even though I think we’re substantially different from that show, it’s never a bad thing to be compared with an icon. In the final moments of the premiere, Wick held his dad at gunpoint, was attacked by Billy, and then –– after some hilarious oil puddle wrestling –– the entire place erupted in flames. The season is headed towards lots of cards turning, lots of reveals, secrets, unexpected pairings, love triangles that will explode, business partnerships that will provide stakes. You’ll have to wait until next week to find out who made it out alive, but it’s times like this that we ask ourselves WWBWD? (What Would Blair Waldorf Do?).

Because he has no regard for the well-being of the family business, Hap decides that the best way to educate his son is by sending him to work on a rig. What makes him commandeer a water truck as his getaway car is beyond me, but the aforementioned idiot backs straight into a few wires that results in a million dollar rig crashing to the ground. Naturally, he tells Billy that Briggs’ man has offered him a better deal and he’s going to take it unless Billy can come up with $100 thousand, as well as cutting him in for 25-percent of the take. He crawls up into the cap of the big rig and grabs the keys, taunting the thieves that they should come out with their hands up since they have no way of escaping.

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