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35 October 24th, 2015 BLOOD & OIL Episode Order Trimmed To 10 By ABC!

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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!

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  1. Chris says:

    Another primetime soap is already retaining ratings heights is doing very well in both the ratings and creatively Michael, and that show is ”Quantico”, which comes on after ”Blood & Oil” on ABC! You should be covering ”Quantico” instead of the terrible ”Dallas” ripoff B&O, Michael! Do articles on ”Quantico” after B&O get the axe!

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    su0000 replied

    Blood and Oil is not a Dallas ripoff, it is nothing like Dallas..

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    Chris replied

    Yes it is! It’s about a family and a couple who works for the oil industry, which is kind of similar to the plot of “Dallas”!

    Fanny replied

    @Su0000….Exactly.

    SZima replied

    Actually, B&O “tried” to be a Dallas ripoff, but didn’t succeed. At all!

    I’ve been watching the show, and it’s improved “very slightly” since the beginning, but I’m not surprised it’s being canceled. The stories are all over the place and hard to follow.

    Timmm replied

    Quantico sucks! It will reel you in and then F you like ABC did with LOST!

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    Randi replied

    I like Blood & Oil. Really liked seeing Don Johnson back on TV too. Do not like Once Upon a Time or Quantico at all so my Sunday’s will be watching other networks.

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  2. davlestev1 says:

    What a hot mess..this is what happens when a MOUSE is in charge..just like Pinky and the Brain…

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    Benigno replied

    It still has Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Quantico, How to Get Away With Murder, and Nashville.

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    SZima replied

    “The Mouse” has had many successes with it’s primetime soaps!
    See Benigno’s comment above!

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  3. su0000 says:

    I like Blood and Oil..
    It was slow start but now it has become good ..

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    Fanny replied

    @Su0000… I’m with you.

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  4. JayeLynn says:

    This show is DOA. ABC has already decided to pull the plug on this DALLAS rip-off. So long BLOOD & OIL.

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    su0000 replied

    I doubt many would even know of Dallas;
    aired from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991
    most people weren’t even born yet, to make a comparison. LOL

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    nicole replied

    Age isn’t a barometer of knowledge. I know about All in the Family and I wasn’t born when that show was on.

    And anyone who has read or has an ounce of knowledge of tv history knows Dallas, because of “Who Shot JR?” Because it is the cliffhanger that all cliffhangers are measured against.

    PGP replied

    They are referring to the New Dallas which was much better than Blood and Oil…really miss Revenge!

    Lia replied

    Lol The Dallas reboot was on TNT last year. The fact that you didn’t know that is the reason why I will not watch ABC’s ridiculous take on it. You missed a great show.

  5. Michael says:

    Never did watch an episode of B&O die to the fact that I knew it was a horrible attempt at a disguised and ugly version of Dallas.

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  6. Alan says:

    ABC should’ve went with THE KINGMAKERS (the REVENGE “spinoff” set up in the series’ final scene).

    It was pretty to me from the trailers for B&O show that it wasn’t going to last.

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  7. Hilary says:

    I really disagree that it’s a Dallas rip off. I like it mostly and am willing to give it more time in split of the awful and unclear reasons driving the father/son sleeping with the same girl. Very icky. Hard to watch that. While hover writers room came up with that, that’s the writers room that needs to go away.

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    Iakovos replied

    Maybe the father/son sleeping with same girl was inspired by B&B where parent and child find themselves romantic rivals all the time!

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  8. Rodd says:

    People are not going to stop crying that this is a “Dallas” rip-off no matter how many times other s say it isn’t. The fact of the matter is that this show was just never that interesting. One minute the heroes were down, the next they were riding high in the saddle. There wasn’t much rooting value for these folks because we were basically told how we were to feel instead of shown why.

    I studied the show pretty closely to see if I thought it was a “Dallas” rip-off and I’ve got to say that I don’t think so. There’s no good brother/bad brother. There’s none of “Dallas” glitz. The head rich guy is two timing his wife like JR, but that’s about it. Unfortunately, there has never been any explanation of why people help each other or why they do them wrong. It’s just one scene to tell us everyone’s happy and another one to tell us it didn’t last and they’re sad again. Yawn.

    I want to like this show, but it has to make some major changes fast.

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  9. nicholas says:

    I think the media presenting this soap as ” the new Dallas ” did it no favors . Those who would have expected to see a ” new Dallas ” will have been disappointed . Those who knew this show would never reach the standards and quality of Dallas never tuned it . I don’t like Quantico . I am done with all these shows focused on terrorism .

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  10. Mark Y says:

    Why is it a Dallas rip-off? Because of the oil industry? How else is it the same? Do most of the characters live in one house and take all their meals together? B&O doesn’t get any help from this blog, that’s for sure.

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  11. Lia says:

    I refused to watch it, because I’m sure Cidre and other Dallas execs shopped their show to the major networks, and not ONE picked it up. Now ABC wants us to invest in their crappy version of it. I didn’t watch one episode of B&O, and never will. Dallas is the greatest oil show ever created, and Cidre wrote brilliance for the reboot, but TNT doesn’t have the same viewership as CBS, ABC and NBC, so it was cancelled. Oh, and I will not watch Quantico either. Let Priyanka go home and give the people of India that performance. I’m sure those people are starved for that kind of show produced in their nation.

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    PGP replied

    Too bad, Quantico is a great show…you don’t know what you are missing!

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    Lia replied

    I’m not missing much or it would be a hit. No thanks to Quantico too. CBS is chock full of crime shows. I don’t need another on my viewing list

    Jane replied

    TO: PGP , Don’t you have enough drama like this just watching the news???
    Quantico is the news. It’s every day, it’s happening. I guess it’s okay cause it’s fake, just tv.

  12. davidevansmith says:

    I watched a few episodes of Blood & Oil to give it a try and I didn’t view it as anything like Dallas.

    The problem was, Dallas was so recent in viewers minds, that immediately, the show suffered from a brand identity crisis, because people assume it’s a Dallas ripoff, and if that left a bad taste in their mouths, they didn’t bother to watch it, and if they did want something to fill the void of canceled Dallas, tuning in didn’t give them that, so they tuned out also.

    I personally canceled it from my DVR last week, it wasn’t pulling me in at all, and in this day and age, they need some OMG moments to keep the viewers. Sorry B&O. Bye…

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  13. k/kay says:

    I am curious on why they picked a time spot opposite a very popular show Walking Dead. I had never watched Walking Dead then started my husband and I watched it on Net Flix anyway now we never miss it a character who everybody loved was killed last nite and I cried my eyes out haven’t done that in years. My only suggestion is you have to make us love and get involved with the characters however if they are bad or good. Yes we tape Blood and Oil because one of the actors in it family members are friends I found it to be trying to tell a story too quickly and totally trying to rely on Don Johnson’s popularity from years past. I will say this once and once only No One Actor or Actress makes a show it is a team effort.

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  14. Timmm says:

    Its over!

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  15. Tim Welles says:

    WHAT a shock – ABC-TV screws up again.
    They could have put Devious Maids in that time slot, would have done great, nope, they turned it down and it’s Lifetime’s gain.
    They could have done a re-vamped Reboot of either AMC or OLTL but nope, they won’t.
    So good luck to ABC-TV – they had Resurrection in that timeslot for a while (I think) but that show was so confusing as to who was dead and who was alive no one could even figure it out. Oh well. Adios to this Blood and Oil disaster, I am sure it will be cancelled.

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  16. Patrick says:

    i’m more dissapointed for Don Johnson

    say what one will…. I’ve always liked his acting

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  17. Jane says:

    It’s only starting to get good, maybe they need better looking people on the canvas. I’m sorry to even have to say this but the two brunettes are not desirable enough, they have the sexy bodies but they are both on the plain side. The creep kissing on the black girl should have ben trying to kiss Cody, Crawford’s girl.

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  18. Jeannine says:

    We both love the show . We will be sad if it’s cancelled it was just getting gritty , & Naughty

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