Wilson Bethel Blood & Oil

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After exploring the heavens in The Astronaut Wives Club, Wilson Bethel‘s next TV gig is taking him way underground.

The Hart of Dixie alum is set to recur on Blood & Oil, ABC’s freshman fall drama about a working-class couple (Gossip Girl‘s Chace Crawford and Red Band Society‘s Rebecca Rittenhouse) who move to North Dakota following the biggest oil discovery in American history. Once there, they are pitted against a ruthless tycoon (Miami Vice‘s Don Johnson) who forces them to put everything on the line, including their marriage.

Per our sister site Deadline, Bethel will play Finn, a charismatic but poor food-truck owner.

Blood & Oil premieres Sunday, Sept. 27, at 9/8c on ABC.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ production company Shondaland has sold the comedy pilot Splitsville to ABC. Written by Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, the project follows the single residents of a suburban cul-de-sac who, in the wake of a wave of divorces, join forces to raise their kids and get through it together.

* Emmanuelle Chriqui (The Mentalist, Entourage) will guest-star on Fox’s upcoming comedy The Grinder, which stars Rob Lowe as actor Dean Sanderson, who returns home to carve out a career as an actual lawyer after playing one on TV for years. Per EW.com, Chriqui will appear on the show-within-the-show as Addison Cross, a fiery (and fictional) lawyer who is having a torrid love affair with Dean’s TV alter ego, Mitch Grinder.

* CBS has given a put pilot commitment — meaning, it will cost the network a pretty penny if the pilot does not air — to Sawyer & Huck, a modern-day drama about the classic Mark Twain characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. According to Deadline, this reimagining takes place in St. Louis, where struggling lawyer Tom Sawyer hires estranged boyhood friend Huck Finn as an investigator for his firm, and together they take on cases for people who otherwise have nowhere to turn.

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  1. Joey Padron says:

    happy Wilson will be back on TV soon. he was great on Hart of Dixie. good news about Trophy Wife creators having a new pilot show. loved Trophy Wife.

  2. bill says:

    Always good to see Miss Chriqui on my TV screen.

  3. Amy J says:

    Wish someone would give Bethel a lead role instead of these supporting or recurring ones.

  4. Beth says:

    Scott Michael Foster & Wilson Bethel? Now I’ve gotta watch!

  5. Luis says:

    If the people behind “Elementary” were doing “Sawyer and Huck,” I might feel a little less dread

  6. Kvivik says:

    If done right, Sawyer & Huck could be good. Here’s hoping the financial stake in the show means they work to get it right.

    • Martoukian says:

      It’s funny; I was just thinking a couple of days ago about that movie they did 20 years ago or so about Tom Sawyer as a lawyer and Huck Finn as a journalist helping Becky Thatcher who was on trial for murder.

  7. nate says:

    So Splitsville is cougar town in disguise

    • Nell says:

      That was my immediate reaction as well! Glad I’m not the only one who thought of Cougar Town. My heart only has room for one Cul-de-Sac Crew.

    • Martoukian says:

      They don’t sound that similar to me. The type of street they’re set on is about it.

  8. Boiler says:

    Too bad Hart of Dixie unfairly cancelled as Wilson great there. Nice he has a job but Blood and Oil would be at the bottom of my new show list because of Don Johnson

    • Dude says:

      I wouldn’t say unfairly. Creatively, the show had run its course.

      • Boiler says:

        Compared to stuff they kept that likely will have lower numbers than Dixie had. I don’t think the actors wanted it done. CW assumed they would cancel so they did their best to wrap up

  9. herman1959 says:

    Splitsville sounds good to me, but then I’ve never seen Cougar Town.

  10. NORMA says:

    WHAT A NICE NOTICE! I love Wilson, he is a wonderful actor and a very, very handsome guy. He deserves a lea rol right now!!!

  11. Bigdede says:

    Splitsville sounds like that Tyler Perry show on Own where all the wives and mothers on the block become BFFs and help each other

  12. Eran says:

    It is about time Shonda took a stab at comedy. My gut tells me she can churn out some class A laughs.

  13. How long till Shonda becomes the Director of ABC? No… Seriously!! We are on 5 or 4 Shondaland productions on ABC.

  14. Katy Thompson says:

    Splitsville sounds more like a suburban Kate & Allie — ???

  15. Melosm says:

    So Cappie and Wade will be on Blood and Oil…hmmm. I guess I must watch it now!!