The stars of "Oil," Amber Valletta and Don Johnson. Image courtesy of Fred Hayes/American Broadcasting Companies.

While oil prices may not be breaking any records, popular interest in the oil patch is at an all time high.

ABC is hoping to hit ratings gold this fall with “Oil,” a new drama centered around the Bakken shale boom.

“Oil” follows Billy and Cody Lefever, a penniless couple hoping to cash in on the the biggest U.S. energy boom in decades.

Billy, played by Chance Crawford, and his wife soon cross paths with Hap Briggs, a ruthless oil tycoon bent on preserving his legacy and his fortune at any cost.

Briggs, played by Don Johnson of “Miami Vice” fame, squares off against the Lefever’s as they do whatever it takes to win leases and rule the oil patch.

The show will air on ABC on Sunday at 9 p.m. this fall.

Rebecca Rittenhouse will star as Cody Lefever and be joined by Scott Michael Foster as Wick, the hapless scion of the Briggs clan. 

Amber Valletta, best known for her role in “Revenge,” will star alongside Johnson as his wife, Darla.

The show comes on the heels of the Smithsonian Channel’s “Boomtowners,” a reality series following a handful of couples navigating  life and love in Bakken.


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