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 release||June 18, 2008– April 4, 2013|
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.
Sixth Season and Cancellation
On April 4, 2013, Black Gold star Brandon Watson was arrested for driving while under the influence and hit-and-run. Soon after his arrest TruTv removed Black Gold from its website, cancelling the show along with the sixth season, which was set to air December 16, 2013.