Black Gold (TV series)

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Black Gold
Blackgoldlogo.jpg
Season 1 Title Card
Format Reality-Documentary
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 34
Production
Executive producer(s) Brent Henderson
Jeff Conroy
Philip D. Segal
Sarah Whalen
Thom Beers
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Original Productions
Broadcast
Original channel truTV
Original run June 18, 2008 (2008-06-18) – present (present)
External links
Website

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.[1] The Black Gold theme song is sung by country music star Trace Adkins. The title "Black Gold" comes from a slang term for oil.

Black Gold airs Wednesday nights on truTV at 10pm. It is also shown as a special presentation on TNT in high definition. The show also airs in the United Kingdom on Five, under the title Oil Riggers.

Series overview[edit]

First season[edit]

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.

Second season[edit]

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.

Third season[edit]

The third season, premiered September 9, 2010 follows Big Dog rig 28 wildcatting on hostile landowner Peggy Hauser's land.

Fourth season[edit]

The fourth season began on November 30, 2011, airing Wednesdays at 10pm. Again it follows Big Dog rig 28.

Fifth season[edit]

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.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Workers of an Extreme World, One Beyond Classes". Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "truTV Taps Fifth Season of Black Gold". Retrieved 10 November 2012. 

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