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Wilson Bethel Blood & Oil

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.