North Dakota oil boom becomes the 'Wild West' in ABC pilot drama


At first glance, the oil fields of North Dakota may not seem an obvious setting for a television series.

But producers at ABC Studios see drama in the remote landscape, not to mention in an economic boom the size of which has not been seen in the United States since the Gold Rush of the 1800s.

It's why the studio has ordered a pilot of a program called "Boom," set in North Dakota, which tracks the pilgrimage of a young couple as they seek a "fortune and a better life" at the Bakken shale formation, according to Variety.

Deadline Hollywood says the pilot will see North Dakota featured as a modern day "Wild West" as the young and ambitious couple encounter "roughnecks, grifters, oil barons, criminals and fellow prospectors" against a "stark and beautiful backdrop."

It is one of four new drama pilots announced by the studio this past week, and is being written by Rodes Fishburne and Josh Pate, the latter of whom is known for his work on TV series such as "Legends" and "Falling Skies."

Hollywood is notoriously fickle when it comes to pilots, with the majority of those made not getting picked up for a full series. So writers will be hoping Boom follows in the oily footsteps of Dallas when it finally airs.

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