ABC is stepping in to fix its Sunday night problem. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network has cut the order for the freshman drama “Blood & Oil,” which the report says has been “dragging down the network’s Sunday originals.”
The order for the Don Johnson series has been cut to 10 episodes, down from 13, meaning that, at least for now, “B&O” will remain in its Sunday slot through the end of the calendar year.
“‘Blood & Oil’ is one of several rookie series to have undergone major behind-the-scenes changes ahead of its premiere, including a showrunner change that was announced minutes after ABC presented the series to reporters at TCA,” the THR report notes. “Sources say creator Josh Pate’s (‘Moonlight’) vision post-pilot never was fully embraced by the network, which was looking for more ‘OMG’ moments a la ‘Scandal.'”
Showrunner Cynthia Cidre and her group were moving more in the direction of an emotional soap, THR reports, noting that Jon Harmon Feldman of “Dirty Sexy Money” was brought in to implement the network’s vision.
“The series — which also underwent numerous recastings — now is said to have two writers rooms, one led by Feldman and the other, featuring Cidre, given little to do,” THR reports.
The show has apparently been a disappointing lead-in for the fall hit “Quantico.” “B&O” premiered to an initial 6.3 million viewers, and the number has been falling, THR reports, with the Oct. 18 episode delivering just 3.5 million. “Quantico” has already received an order for an additional six episodes.