Hatfield-McCoy kin sought for reality TV show
The Hatfield clan poses in April 1897 at a logging camp in southern West Virginia. The most infamous feud in American folklore, the long-running battle between the Hatfields and McCoys, may be partly explained by a rare, disease inherited by the McCoy clan that can lead to hair-trigger rage and violent outbursts. / AP Photo
(AP) CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Television producers are looking for descendants of the once-feuding Hatfield and McCoy families to take part in a reality show that will be filmed in West Virginia.
Bill Richardson is a West Virginia University Extension agent who is involved with casting for the show. He told the Charleston Gazette that the show will set five to 10 members of each family against one another in a competition to create businesses around their history.
If selected, cast members must prove their lineage to a member of the Hatfield or McCoy clans through a family tree. The warring families were known for violent clashes during the Civil War era.
Richardson says the show's production company has produced shows and documentaries for A&E, the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel, Syfy and MTV.
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