Emmy nominations puts Appalachia in spotlight again
by Jack Latta
A recent dramatic miniseries related to the bloodiest feud in Eastern Kentucky history earned more honors this week as the “Hatfields & McCoys” was nominated for a primetime Emmy Award.
The miniseries, which aired on the History channel told the story of the feud between William “Devil Anse” Hatfield and Randell McCoy, a feud which would leave in its a wake a string bloody murders in both men’s families.
The series was nominated for best television miniseries or movie along with “American Horror Story,” “Game Change,” “Hemingway & Gelhorn,” “Luther,” and “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia.” The nominees were announced Thursday in Los Angeles by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The Hatfields and McCoy’s miniseries has generated an increase in tourism to the region from people interested to learn more about the feud. While the setting for the series was rural eastern Kentucky and West Virginia, the miniseries was actually shot in Transylvania, Romania.
The series did feature some homegrown talent in the form of Robert Boyd Holbrook, of Prestonsburg, who is an American fashion model, actor, and artist. Holbrook played the role of William “Cap” Hatfield.
In 1979, descendants of the Hatfields and McCoys came together for a taping of the popular TV game show Family Feud, which is believed to have been inspired by the original feud.
In 2000, the families united for a joint family reunion that brought together 5,000 people.
The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
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