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TV shows have told a lot of different stories over the years, from a chemistry teacher who becomes a drug kingpin to a man who gets struck by lightning and can suddenly run really fast, but there’s one story that TV has never dared to tackle: The trials and tribulations of a Texas oil dynasty. Nope, that idea has never been done before, no matter what you may think. Until now, at least.

As reported by Deadline, AMC has just given a series order to The Son, an adaptation of Philipp Meyer’s book of the same name. The book is “a multi-generational epic telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas oil empire,” and the show will presumably be the same. It may seem a little dramatic to tie all of America’s success to one Texas oil empire, but Texans tend to have a pretty low opinion of their state as it is. We should give them this one to help them build a little bit of confidence.

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The Son has been in development since all the way back in June of 2014, but AMC must be pretty confident in it for the show to get a straight-to-series order like this.