By Natalie Abrams
March 09, 2015 at 08:45 PM EDT
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Don Johnson may be returning to network television: The Miami Vice and Nash Bridges alum has joined the cast of ABC’s drama pilot Boom, EW has learned.

The drama tracks the epic pilgrimage of a young, ambitious couple to the oil fields of the Bakken—the home of the biggest oil discovery in American history—seeking their fortune and a better life, following their trials and tribulations in a modern day “Wild West,” they negotiate a colorful ensemble of roughnecks, grifters, oil barons, criminals, and fellow prospectors against a stark and beautiful backdrop.

Johnson will play Hap Boyd, a mega alpha male oil icon and veteran of the oil wars of the last 40 years where he’s come up a winner in every battle. The patriarch of the Boyd family, Hap is disgusted with his son Wick’s (Scott Michael Foster) lazy worthless life, but has no notion that his rotten brat of a kid would try to steal from him… or worse.

Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne will write and executive-produce the project with Tony Krantz, Josh Pate and Rodes Fisburne.