Blood & Oil

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Sea­son 1 M-Net Edge (*102) 19:00

Where there’s oil, there’s money… and drama. That’s pretty much what’s in store in 10-episode, sin­gle-sea­son Blood & Oil (2015), a drama se­ries set in North Dakota where oil and money are flow­ing af­ter the dis­cov­ery of a mas­sive oil de­posit. But so is the booze, secrets, lies and sex­ual ten­sion.

Mar­ried pair Billy and Cody LeFever (Chace Craw­ford, aka golden-boy Nate from drama show Gos­sip Girl, 2007-2012 and Re­becca Rit­ten­house, Nurse Dobler from Red Band So­ci­ety, 2014-2015) move states to cash in on the oil boom by open­ing a laun­dro­mat near the oil fields. The young cou­ple’s dreams go up in smoke af­ter a car crash de­stroys their pos­ses­sions, so Billy finds a job lit­er­ally push­ing mud in the oil fields while Cody gets a job at the lo­cal phar­macy.

That’s where Cody eaves­drops on oil ty­coon Hap Briggs (Don John­son, Nash from cop show Nash Bridges, 1996-2001) about buy­ing new land. She tells Billy, who man­ages to make a deal to buy the land be­fore Briggs can get his grubby paws on it. Hap is fu­ri­ous when he finds out that his “gem” has been snatched from un­der­neath his nose but he’s still will­ing to lease the ground, pay­ing Billy and Cody a small for­tune – but nowhere near its true value.

There’s more drama for Hap, who has cut off his trou­ble­maker son Wick (Scott Michael Fos­ter, Leo from Chas­ing Life, 2014-2015). Wick schemes to steal oil from his dad’s com­pa­nies and sell it un­der an­other com­pany name. But this fa­ther-son fight isn’t go­ing to just go away – one of them is go­ing to be shot dur­ing a scuf­fle! “This is sprawl­ing, epic, prime-time drama. It’s full of secrets, dou­ble crosses, back­stab­bing and sex,” says Don, promis­ing that “the seven deadly sins are on full dis­play”.

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