Tonight, “Blood & Oil” concluded its first season on ABC, but we’re here now to be the bearer of bad news when it comes to the show’s future: It is probably not happening. The ratings throughout the first season have been poor, and with so many other series on ABC still performing well, including “Quantico” on the same night and the entire catalogue of Shonda Rhimes, there is no real need to renew a series that is drawing low numbers.
Granted, we feel somewhat bad for this show, given that it was pretty much under scrutiny and had an uphill battle from the moment it was first ordered to series. the title changed from “Oil” to “Blood & Oil,” and there were some issues behind the scenes that led to the show deviating from what it was originally intended to be.
Of course, the question we wonder is whether or not the series could have been a little more of a success story elsewhere, and for now we’re thinking that the answer here is “maybe.” We do think that it could have been a much better performer over on History or somewhere that is a little more of a different skew, and the series could focus more on the beautiful scenery and the “oil” part of the equation. The more it adhered to the ABC drama mold, the more it lost some of that identity.
Alas, we’ll probably never know. While not a confirmed cancellation, we don’t see it coming back, nor do we see it going anywhere else after the dust settles. Typically shows need to be a little more established to have a better chance at getting an extended run elsewhere.
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