Blood & Oil with Chace Crawford and Don Johnson Review – Dallas Re-Boot?
Chace Crawford, best known for his hit series Gossip Girl will be returning to television in the ABC series, Blood & Oil. The question is – for how long?
The new series, also starring, Don Johnson, best known for the hit 80 series, Miami Vice, and Rebecca Rittenhouse, is off to a rocky start and based on the fact that Cynthia Cidre was added to the show as executive producer in June, may be a good indicator ABC isn’t too happy with the show either.
Watching Billy (Chace Crawford) and Cody Lefever (Rebecca Rittenhouse), a young, recently married couple who decide to move to North Dakota, after borrowing money from family and friends, to open a laundromat. Traveling in a pick up truck with their washer and dryers on the back, the couple get into a car accident and lose everything. Now what??
Billy is a dreamer and insists upon staying around and try and make something of themselves. He gets a job digging mud and is quickly fired for an accident that wasn’t his fault, but the fault of the famous Briggs son, Wick’s Briggs. Thankfully, Cody overhears a conversation while she is at work at the drugstore that Hap Briggs wants a piece of land for oil exploration. She tells her husband, who borrows the money to buy the land. While Cody gave her husband the information, she begins to question his intentions, and ultimately their marriage. Is this their American dream?
Hap Briggs (Don Johnson) is the Baron of the Bakken of North Dakota and a legend in the oil business. His wife, Carla (Amber Valletta), brings a sophistication and worldliness to the oil fields, and is every bit Hap’s equal in legacy building. As the boom reaches new heights, Hap is determined to prove he is not just a rich man, but a great man, willing to play a little dirty to get what he wants.
Wick Briggs (Scott Michael Foster) and his father Hap are at odds and Hap basically disowns his son. Wick is not going away quietly and the problems have only just begun.
Blood & Oil is a story of the American dream – riding up the boom and eventual bust, and back up again. Filled with family rivalries, pure ambition, and characters that represent the authentic diversity of a boomtown, the series tells its story against a the natural beauty and a human landscape.
The season premiere of Blood & Oil left me wanting more. While familiar with Don Johnson, his acting left much to be desired. Chace Crawford’s role as Billy, who is madly in love with his wife, is beyond unrealistic. Despite the bad times, he remains optimistic to a fault. The television series was a reminder of the hit 80’s television series, Dallas and even the original Dallas was remade and failed.
It’s no surprised that Cynthia Cidre, co-creator executive producer of the recent Dallas sequel series, is the executive producer and co=showrunner, of Blood & Oil.
Blood & Oil premieres on Sunday, September 27th, 2015 at 9pm on ABC.