Apparently, I was not the only one who thought it was a shame that History’s Hatfields & McCoys mini-series was not a full blown television series. THR is now reporting that Charlize Theron is a producing partner in a project centered on a modern day version of the family feud that is currently being shopped around to networks through ABC Studios.
It is unclear at this time how a full series could be different in approach other than era, but it is hardly a gamble given that demand can best be described as sweeping following the topic’s recent success on basic cable. The three-part series currently dominates the record books when it comes to basic cable viewership for entertainment programs as each installment found over 13 million viewers.
According to the trade breaking the news, the project will stop over at ABC first next week where the broadcaster will get first crack at the project; however, do not be surprised if this somehow lands on CBS seeing how the show performed best among older viewers–the broadcaster’s bread and butter. Even so, a 4.0 18-49 rating on cable is nothing to scoff at.
Of course, any broadcast iteration of this project will have to go without the stars who made Hatfields & McCoys such a runaway success. Both Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton who played the families’ respective patriarchs are widely presumed to be contenders for multiple awards because of their critically acclaimed performances.