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ABC is adding a prime-time soap opera about the oil industry — a series that will film in Utah — to its fall 2015 schedule. It will join a new "Muppets" show, a Biblical soap opera and a slate made up mostly of returning series.

The network announced a slew of midseason series, but the fall schedule will feature just five new shows. The newly retitled "Oil" is set to air Sundays at 8 p.m.

The pilot of the series was filmed here in Utah, and according to Paul Lee, the president of the ABC Entertainment Group, the current plan is to continue to shoot the series in the Beehive State.

Lee called it a "big, muscular, broad soap opera." The network's description of the show is:

Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to "The Bakken" in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They're soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.

"OIL" stars Don Johnson as Hap, Chace Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Cody, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Amber Valletta as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India de Beaufort as Jules, Yani Gellman as AJ and Caitlin Carver as Lacey.

Elsewhere on the schedule, "The Muppets" are returning in a show Lee promised "is not kind of your grandmother's Muppets. It's not the old Muppets."

It was written by Bill Prady, the co-creator/writer/executive producer of "The Big Bang Theory."

While the original "Muppet Show" was a parody of variety shows, "The Muppets" is a parody of mockumentaries — shows like "The Office," "Modern Family" and "30 Rock."

And Lee said his network's other "big, muscular soap opera" will be based on the Bible — "Of Kings and Prophets."

ABC'S FALL SCHEDULE

(new shows are CAPITALIZED)

SUNDAY

6 p.m. — "America's Funniest Home Videos"

7 p.m. — "Once Upon a Time"

8 p.m. — "OIL"

9 p.m. — "OF KINGS AND PROPHETS"

MONDAY

7 p.m. — "Dancing with the Stars"

9 p.m. — "Castle"

TUESDAY

7 p.m. — "THE MUPPETS"

7:30 p.m. — "Fresh Off the Boat"

8 p.m. — "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

9 p.m. — "QUANTICO"

WEDNESDAY

7 p.m. — "The Middle"

7:30 — "The Goldbergs

8 p.m. — "Modern Family"

8:30 p.m. — "Black-ish"

9 p.m. — "Nashville"

THURSDAY

7 p.m. — "Grey's Anatomy"

8 p.m. — "Scandal"

9 p.m. — "How to Get Away with Murder"

FRIDAY

7 p.m. — "Last Man Standing"

7:30 p.m. — "DR. KEN"

8 p.m. — "Shark Tank"

9 p.m. — "20/20"

SATURDAY

6 p.m. — College football

NEW FALL COMEDIES

"THE MUPPETS" (Tuesdays, 7 p.m.): The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for "kids" of all ages.

Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory") and Bob Kushell ("Anger Management") are co-writers and executive producers. Randall Einhorn ("Wilfred"), Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin are also executive producers. "The Muppets" is produced by ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio.

"DR. KEN" (Fridays, 7:30 p.m.): Doctor-turned-actor/comedian Ken Jeong ("Community," "The Hangover"), plays Dr. Ken, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. However, these good intentions have a way of driving everyone crazy at work and at home. Luckily, his therapist wife, Allison, is just the right partner to keep things sane.

"Dr. Ken" stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as Allison, Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Dave Foley as Pat, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Albert Tsai as Dave and Krista Marie Yu as Molly.

"Dr. Ken was written by Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, and Mike O'Connell. Executive producers are Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, John Davis, John Fox and Mike Sikowitz, with Mike O'Connell as co-executive producer. "Dr. Ken" is produced by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.

NEW FALL DRAMAS

"OF KINGS AND PROPHETS" (Sundays, 9 p.m.): An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.

"Of Kings and Prophets" stars Ray Winstone as King Saul, Haaz Sleiman as Jonathan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal, Oliver Rix as David, Simone Kessell as Ahinoam, James Floyd as Ish-Boseth, Mohammad Bakri as Samuel and Tomer Kapon as Joab.

"Of Kings and Prophets" was written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage. Executive producers are Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi. "Of Kings and Prophets" is produced by ABC Studios.

"QUANTICO" (Tuesdays, 9 p.m.): A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.

"Quantico" stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex, Dougray Scott as Liam, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah, Johanna Braddy as Shelby, Tate Ellington as Simon and Graham Rogers as Caleb.

"Quantico" was written by Josh Safran. Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper. "Quantico" is produced by ABC Studios.

Lee also announced some of ABC's midseason plans.

After "The Muppets" ends its season, "Fresh Off the Boat" will move up to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and "The Real O'Neals" will take over the 7:30 p.m. timeslot.

"Agent Carter" will return between the first and second halves of the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." season.

"Wicked City" will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. between the first and second halves of the "Quantico" season.

"Secrets and Lies" will air on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. between the first and second halves of the "Nashville" season.

"The Catch" will take over Thursdays at 9 p.m. after "How to Get Away with Murder" ends its season.

"Galavant" will return on Sundays at 7 p.m. between the first and second halves of the "Once Upon a Time" season.

Returning shows that will air at midseason include "American Crime," "The Bachelor" and "Beyond the Tank."

NEW MIDSEASON COMEDIES

"THE REAL O'NEALS": A fresh take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.

"The Real O'Neals" stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matthew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi.

"The Real O'Neals" was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott, Stacy Traub and Dan Savage. "The Real O'Neals" is produced by ABC Studios.

"UNCLE BUCK": Based on the hit movie of the same name, Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a fun-loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces' and nephew's nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality may just make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too.

"Uncle Buck" stars Mike Epps as Buck, Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy.

"Uncle Buck" was written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Executive producers are Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley and Will Packer. Co-executive producers are Korin Huggins and Phil Traill. "Uncle Buck" is produced by Universal Television and ABC Studios.

NEW MIDSEASON DRAMAS

"THE CATCH": From Shondaland's Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, "The Catch" is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She's a fraud investigator who's about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.

"The Catch" stars Mireille Enos as Alice, Alimi Ballard as Evan, Damon Dayoub as Kieran, Jay Hayden as James, Jacky Ido as Emil, Bethany Joy Lenz as Zoe, Rose Rollins as Andie and Elvy Yost as Maria.

"The Catch" was written by Jennifer Schuur. Executive producers are Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson. "The Catch" is produced by ABC Studios.

"THE FAMILY": This thriller follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?

"The Family" stars Joan Allen as Claire, Alison Pill as Willa, Margot Bingham as Sergeant Nina Meyer, Zach Gilford as Danny, Liam James as Adam, Floriana Lima as Bridey, Madeleine Arthur as Young Willa, Rarmian Newton as Young Danny, Rupert Graves as John and Andrew McCarthy as Hank.

"The Family" was written by Jenna Bans. Executive producers are Jenna Bans and Mandeville Television's Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. "The Family" is produced by ABC Studios.

"WICKED CITY": "Wicked City" follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock 'n' roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case.

"Wicked City" stars Ed Westwick as Kent, Erika Christensen as Betty, Adam Rothenberg as Jack, Taissa Farmiga as Karen, Gabriel Luna as Paco, Karolina Wydra as Dianne, Holley Fain as Trish, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Diver and Anne Winters as Vicki.

"Wicked City" was written by Steven Baigelman. Executive producers are Steven Baigelman and Mandeville Television's Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. "Wicked City" is produced by ABC Studios.

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