Oh. My. God.: Louis C.K. is back on TV! Don't get too excited — it's not his currently-on-hiatus FX hit Louie. Instead, the famed comedian will air a new stand-up special, entitled Louis C.K.: Oh My God. The special will debut on HBO on April 13th at 10PM, and will eventually be up for sale (cheaply) on his website. [Splitsider]
Fox Says Goodbye: Fox has officially finalized its plans for the end of the 2012-2013 television season. Some of the bigger names on the roster include American Idol, which will bow out on May 16, Glee (May 9), and New Girl (May 7). [E! Online]
Simon Cowell Continues Quest for World Domination: Apparently, the many failures of the US version of The X Factor are not enough to stop King Simon Cowell. The infamous Brit announced today that his company, Syco Entertainment, is joining forces with YouTube for an online show called “The You Generation" — which will search for the best talent in photography, cooking, visual art, and... wait for it... magic. Err, illusion. Quick, someone call GOB Bluth! [EW]
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Alison Janney Gets Sexy Guest Gig: No, it's nothing like her role on Lost. Showtime has announced via release that Janney will be playing Margaret Scully, the wife of Beau Bridges’ University Provost Barton Scully, on 5 episodes of their new series Masters of Sex — a drama which focuses on the pioneers of the sexual revolution. [Showtime]
Family Feud: Former One Tree Hill-er Sophia Bush is returning to her drama roots after co-staring in the canceled CBS sitcom Partners. The actress will star in NBC's Hatfields & McCoys, about the infamous feuding families set in present-day Pittsburgh. Bush's Emma McCoy is her clan's eldest sibling and a successful doctor. Meanwhile, Rebecca De Mornay will headline the show as Mary Hatfield, the city's mayor and the matriarch of her powerful family. [Deadline/Deadline]
No more Ryan Shay?: Chatswin's lovable dumb jock might not be returning next year. Parker Young, who plays the fan favorite Suburgatory character, has landed a role in the military comedy Enlisted as one of three brothers working at an Army base in Florida. Geoff Stults plays his older bro. Although Suburgatory boss Emily Kapnek has said that Ryan will return after he heads off to college at the end of the current season, Young's pilot takes priority over his role on the ABC show so it's likely his return will be relegated to guest spots. [TVLine]
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Look's like we've got a regular McCoy on our hands. Monk and Hell on Wheels alum Virginia Madsen has joined NBC's Hatfields and McCoys series according to The Hollywood Reporter. Madsen will take on the role of Eloise McCoy, the surreptitious matriarch of the McCoys and a royal thorn in the Hatfield family's side.
The actress — who's played both funny and dramatic in her past roles — will join the production, which finds the age-old American tale of the feuding Hatfield and McCoy families fast-forwarded from the late 1800s, when most of the real-life drama went down, right into modern day Pittsburgh. The wealthy Hatfields are pitted against the McCoy family from the wrong side of the tracks, and of course, drama ensues — with Madsen in the middle of it all. Her character, Eloise, is set as the whispering voice in Patrick McCoy's ear, getting revenge for her husband's death by convincing Pat to take revenge on the Hatfields.
With the monumental success of History's Hatfields and McCoys miniseries, including a Golden Globe for star Kevin Costner, it's safe to say NBC's Charlize-Theron-produced drama has some dusty coattails to ride in on. But will audiences take to an updated version of the old Kentucky tale? Or will they simply be itching for the simpler times of the actual Hatfield-McCoy feud?
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By now, odds are you've seen, rewatched, and thrown a gigantic viewing party for the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, which stars Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, and Tom Berenger as figures in the famed rival West Virginia-Kentucky feud. The chances are high, seeing as how the underdog hit broke and then rebroke the ratings records. Jumping on the bandwagon of this surprising story is NBC. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the peacock network picked up a modern-day Hatfields and McCoys feud retelling, produced by Charlize Theron. Considering this new project, tie-ins with big cable series like American Pickers and Palm Stars, and CBS Sunday Morning's Hatfields and McCoys special set to air on June 10, it begs the question: How exactly did this age-old story suddenly became a pop culture phenomenon?
Hollywood.com reached out to West Virginia University educator Bill Richardson, a Hatfields and McCoys expert who contributed to the History Channel miniseries. Richardson expresses the inherent fascination in this piece of American history. "The Hatfields and McCoys story has got a little bit of everything. It's got these amazing characters doing these unbelievable things on this sort of Shakespearean scale. It has love stories. It has murder. Brother against brother, family member against family member."
Richardson continues, going into detail on how the story touches upon some of humanity's basest fantasies: "I think everybody, at one time, has been wronged, and has thought, 'I'd just like to punch that person in the face, or blow their brains out.' We don't do those things. But these characters actually do do those things. I think there's a certain living vicariously through these people, who give into their passions."
"We tried to make this as accurate as possible within the parameters of doing a narrative drama," Richardson says, regarding the History Channel miniseries. "There are certain compromises you have to make when you're doing a narrative drama. You're compressing 25 years into about five hours of content ... But this is definitely the most accurate portrayal of those families, both in tone and in detail, that has been done so far."
But that doesn't mean Richardson isn't encouraged by any of the other projects in the works, mentioning specifically Theron's NBC program and an on-and-off Hatfields and McCoys movie that has been attached to Brad Pitt's name for a number of years. "If you've got Charlize Theron or Brad Pitt on there, that's going to give you plenty of candy."
Finally, Richardson touches upon how the success of Hatfields & McCoys has done wonders for his homeland of West Virginia. "All this is beyond my wildest expectations. It's giving us so much notice ... I live in the area where all of this stuff happened. I've been trying to develop this for tourism for a number of years. This is providing us with at least $120 million worth of marketing. And now, it's probably $200 million worth of marketing."
Richardson is currently in cooperation with the History Channel series How the States Got Their Shapes on the filming of an episode centered around the historical families.
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The Dances With Wolves star plays 'Devil' Anse Hatfield opposite Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy in the three-part series, about the two families' infamous post-American Civil War feud over a stolen pig, and viewers tuned in in droves to catch the two-hour debut, making it the most-watched non-sports programme in ad-supported cable history.
Another 3.8 million caught the encore presentation later on Memorial Day, taking the total audience to 17.7 million viewers.
The record was held by Tom Selleck's TV movie Crossfire Trail, which drew 12.5 million viewers when it aired in 2001.
The news is sure to put a smile on Costner's face - it started out as a passion project of his and he had hoped to direct the drama before stepping down due to other work commitments.
The Dances With Wolves star plays 'Devil' Anse Hatfield in the historical drama about an infamous post-American Civil War feud between two families, and he admits his fans might not like what they see when they tune in to the series, which debuts in America next week (28May12).
He explains, "After my wife saw the first part... she couldn't really talk to me. It was something about how hard my character was. She said, 'I didn't expect it to be this intense...' I said, 'It's just a movie, baby.'"
Duvall hopes to reteam with his Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper for a movie retelling of the famous feud between Virginia families the Hatfields and the McCoys, but they can't get started on the film until Pitt schedules it.
The Godfather star reveals Cooper and Pitt met in Venice, Italy to discuss the film and top scriptwriter Eric Roth's screenplay - and now everything hinges on the Babel star's commitment to play opposite Duvall in the period piece.
The film chronicles the battles between the two neighbouring pioneer families who fought on opposite sides of the American Civil War and long after the Union and Confederate armies stopped fighting.
One of their most famous battles was over the ownership of a pig.
And Duvall, who turns 80 in January (11), wants to make the epic before he's too old to take on a leading part.
He tells WENN, "Scott's on board and (Crazy Heart composer) T-Bone Burnett would do the music. It's like American Shakespeare; the two families fighting 30 years over a pig!
"Their lineage goes back to England and the music and the songs and even some of their feuding goes back that far. Eric Roth wrote this brilliant script and he wrote backwards through books. It's brilliant and it should be done.
"The role of Devil Anse, the head of the Hatfields, was written for me and Brad would be the main guy in it. He loves the script but he has so many options that he's putting it off. Hopefully they'll do it but it's all up to Brad Pitt to release it. He controls the project with Warner Brothers."