Nothing seems to be plugging up that oil spill that has become ABC’s primetime soapy drama, Blood & Oil.
The Don Johnson/Chace Crawford starring vehicle which has been slipping in the ratings, and is a sore spot for the network in its new Sunday fall line-up, has been given a reduced number of episodes from 13 to 10.
The series is currently in production on episode 8, and will wrap production after completing its tenth episode. Blood & Oil will now end its season run in December, and will remain in its Sunday 9 PM slot, at least for now. The soap is currently the lead-in to the highly successful new drama, Quantico.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s sources on the downfall of Blood & Oil: “Series creator Josh Pate’s vision post-pilot never was fully embraced by the network, which was looking for more ‘OMG’ moments a la Scandal. That didn’t work with the emotional soap that showrunner Cynthia Cidre (Dallas) and her team had written, which led to Jon Harmon Feldman (Dirty Sexy Money) being brought in to try and create what the network wants. The series — which also underwent numerous recastings – now is said to have two writers rooms, one led by Feldman and the other, featuring Cidre, given little to do.
So, was Blood & Oil tanking because of so many creative difference behind the scenes that it suffered on-screen no matter how hard the cast tried to sell the story? Are you disappointed that the series has a reduced episode order? Do you hope another bonafide primetime soap is in the making that can attain ratings heights a la Fox’s Empire? Comment below!