Nothing gets middle america to the TV set like a good ol’ fashioned family feud. History Channel debuted its landmark miniseries Hatfields and McCoys on memorial day.
The show follows Kevin Costner as ‘Devil Anse’ Hatfield who feuds with Bill Paxton’s portrayal of Randolph McCoy. The lore is popular at West Virginia University among students, faculty and locals. There is even a dining cafe named after the Hatfields. So the families have expanded their enterprise out of blood feuds.
Although a distinctly american tale, much of the mini-series was filmed in Eastern Europe, Romania to be precise. The cast and crew endured a bit of chilly weather during filming. When Devil Anse gets baptized, Costner is actually enduring quite frigid temperatures.
The project also marked a step up for History Channel who is better known these days for shows like Ancient Aliens and Monster Quest, thanks in part to Comedy Central’s South Park. The mini series is the networks first foray into scripted drama.
At the very least, frat boys at WVU can look forward to one more thing to drink about when they return to school in the fall.
In recent weeks the internet has been buzzing concerning the ACC’s almost-inevitable demise.
Rumor circulation supports a probable exit of Florida State to the Big 12. Those rumors have sparked more rumors that Clemson would be sure to follow if FSA moved.
If the Tigers and Seminoles bail, the situation would be grim for the ACC who already suffers on the edge of college football significance.
Then, on Friday, the SEC and Big 12 have agreed to play an inter-conference brawl between their respective champions. The Big Ten and Pac 12 have already gone through the Rose Bowl alignment so the Big East and ACC are basically on the chopping block.
McClatchy Tribune Writer David Teel puts the finances into perspective:
“Naturally, the Big 12 and SEC plan to award their event to the highest-bidding venue and television network, widening the money gap between the ACC and the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.
The ACC’s new, 15-year media rights contract with ESPN is worth approximately $17 million annually per school, a 30-percent increase. By summer’s end, the Big Four conferences all figure to have arrangements worth $20 million-plus per school. USA Today reports that the Pac-12 could approach $30 million.”
Teel also proposes a most interesting notion: What if the Rose Bow and the new Big-12/SEC matchup became “de facto national semifinals”.
Wouldn’t that be another win for the Big 12 😉