CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Television producers are looking for descendants of the once-feuding Hatfield and McCoy families to take part in a reality show that will be filmed in West Virginia.
Bill Richardson is a West Virginia University Extension agent who is involved with casting for the show. He told the Charleston Gazette that the show will set five to 10 members of each family against one another in a competition to create businesses around their history.
If selected, cast members must prove their lineage to a member of the Hatfield or McCoy clans through a family tree. The warring families were known for violent clashes during the Civil War era.
Richardson says the show’s production company has produced shows and documentaries for A&E, the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel, Syfy and MTV.
The search for real-life Hatfields and McCoys to take part in a reality TV series seems inevitable in the wake of Kevin Costner’s recent “Hatfields & McCoys” miniseries, which was watched by nearly 14 million people over three nights. And last week brought news that movie star Charlize Theron has successfully pitched a concept for a modern-day Hatfields-and-McCoys scripted drama to NBC (here’s our story on that).