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The Hatfields and McCoys on TV

May. 20, 2012 @ 12:01 AM

The feuding Hatfield and McCoy families have gotten their share of attention through the years, but a fresh dose of publicity is coming this summer.

Fueled by a History Channel miniseries and companion documentary, the much-publicized families will be the subject of handful of national television shows. Here’s a look at what you can watch:

“American Pickers:” At 9 p.m. Monday, May 21, “American Pickers” premieres an episode called “Feudin’ Pickers” that was shot in Southern West Virginia. Pickers Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe find an old general store in Mingo County that Devil Anse Hatfield was known to frequent. There are several items at the store with a Hatfield connection that the duo attempts to purchase. There are a few artifacts with the Hatfield name, but are they authentic? The pickers then bring the items they get to Hatfield McCoy expert Bill Richardson to have them authenticated and to determine their value. The authentication occurs in the famous Coal House in Williamson.

“Anderson:” At 9 a.m. Thursday, May 24, Anderson Cooper’s new morning talk show “Anderson” on ABC will broadcast a show that features an hour long interview with Kevin Costner in which he will discuss the upcoming miniseries ”Hatfields and McCoys. “The show will also feature a Hatfield descendant from Mingo County named Linda VanMeter.

“Hatfields & McCoys:” At 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, May 28 to 30, “Hatfields & McCoys,” the first two-hour episode of the six-hour miniseries starring Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Mare Winningham and many others airs on the History Channel.

“Pawn Stars:” The Hatfields and McCoys-themed “Pawn Stars,” will premiere at 8 p.m. Monday, May 28, with back-to-back episodes. In the episode they investigate a Model 1892 Winchester rifle owned by Mark Preece, whose great-grandfather, Alex Booth Preece, said he got the gun off of Cap Hatfield in a horse trade. Hatfield was being pursued by the McCoys and traded his old horse and the rifle for a fresh horse.

“America’s Greatest Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys:” At 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, the two-hour documentary directed by Mark Cowen (“Band of Brothers”) premieres and will kick off a marathon of Hatfield McCoy-related shows that day. The miniseries will run in its entirety starting at 6 p.m. June 2.

“How The States Got Their Shapes:” Bill Richardson, a WVU Extension professor, history and tourism developer in Williamson, W.Va., said that “How the States Got Their Shapes,” seen on the History Channel, is coming to the area to shoot June 8-9 at the Hatfields and McCoys Festival. That show will air later this summer.