Black Gold (TV series)
Season 1 Title Card
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||34|
|Executive producer(s)||Brent Henderson
Philip D. Segal
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Original Productions|
|Original run||June 18, 2008– present|
Black Gold is a reality-documentary television series that chronicles three oil drilling rigs in Andrews County, Texas, 30 miles northwest of Odessa. It is partly produced by Thom Beers, creator of Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers. The Black Gold theme song is sung by country music star Trace Adkins. The title "Black Gold" comes from a slang term for oil.
The first season follows three rigs—Longhorn, Viking, and Big Dog—that have only 50 days to successfully locate and retrieve the crude oil. The roughnecks, as they are called on the rig, endure exhausting and dangerous work demands. Oil rigs Longhorn and Viking are funded by wildcatter Mike Lamonica while the Big Dog is funded by wildcatter Autry Stephens, both of whom have put up millions of dollars in hopes of finding new deposits of oil. The show also features pipe salesman Michael “Rooster” McConaughey, brother of actor Matthew McConaughey.
The second season (premiered August 8, 2009) only follows one rig, Big Dog rig number 28, owned by Autry Stephens. The season is centered around the requirement given by Stephens to finish four wells in 50 days in order to maintain the lease on the land. One notable returning character is Gerald Williams, who was fired in the previous season.
The third season (premiered September 9, 2010) follows Big Dog rig 28 wildcatting on hostile landowner Peggy Hauser's land.
The fourth season began on November 30, 2011, airing Wednesdays at 10pm. Again it follows Big Dog rig 28.
In August 2012, truTV ordered a 10-episode fifth season of the series, slated to begin in the winter television the new season will begin airing December 19th, 2012 at 10pm.