Fall 2015 New TV Preview: Sunday


Blood & Oil premiers 9/27 at 9/8c on ABC

Premise: Dallas except in North Dakota.  Son of a legendary oil tycoon tries to make it in the oil business – first by working for him, then by trying to become a tycoon himself.  He needs to come up with 100K in 24 hours, but my thought was if he can come up with that kind of money without his father, why isn’t he doing that instead?

Star Power: 7.5 Don Johnson, Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Amber Valletta (Revenge)

Ratings Prediction:  It looks like a flawed premise, but that flaw might not matter.  It is soap opera type show and I can see it doing very well here.  65% chance of renewal.

Quantico premiers 9/27 at 10/9c on ABC

Premise: An FBI agent fresh out of the academy, (is it called an academy?) must prove her innocence of the deadliest attack on US soil since 9/11.  It looks like they will spend time at the FBI training camp in Quantico — as part of flashbacks because one of her classmates is the real culprit.

Star Power: 1.0 No one I’ve seen in anything or would have seen in anything, except a couple minor guest appearances on other TV shows.

Ratings Prediction: The training camp could be interesting.  I also hope that we, as the viewer, recognize that she might be guilty and that she is an unreliable narrator.  It would add a lot more drama to the show.  Is she guilty or not?  Though, I suspect that we are going to be led to believe that she is 100% innocent.  This show has a lot of potential, but I have a bad feeling that it is going to be a mangled mess of a script that is contrived and convoluted.  I have nothing to base that on, so judge it on its own merits.  60% chance of renewal.

I’ve never understood why Sunday night isn’t a monster night for TV.  No one goes out, you’ve had family time all weekend, it seems like a time to chill in front of the TV.  But, other than football, ratings seem to be rather meh.  I look at the Sunday night lineup and there is no must see TV anywhere on the grid.  These two shows don’t look to be blockbusters either.  They will probably do just fine, but nothing that is going to dominate TV.


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