Pilot Scoop: NBC's Hatfields & McCoys Casts Virginia Madsen as Family Matriarch

V_MAdsen_300NBC’s Hatfields & McCoys pilot — a modern-day continuation of the legendary family feud — has cast Virginia Madsen (Sideways) as matriarch Eloise McCoy.

Set in present-day Pittsburgh, the prospective series will use a shocking death to once again pit the families against one another. Can the blue-collar McCoys usurp the Hatfields’ wealth and power as they each wrest for control of the city?

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Nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her turn in the 2004 film Sideways, Madsen’s most recent TV credits include Hell on Wheels, The Event and the ABC summer sudser Scoundrels.

John Glenn (Eagle Eye), Charlize Theron, AJ Dix (The Butterfly Effect), Dawn Olmstead (Prison Break) and Beau Flynn serve as executive producers on Hatfields & McCoys. NBC’s other drama pilots for the season include a Blair Underwood-fronted Ironside remake, the Kill Bill-esque Bloodline and Carlton Cuse’s The Sixth Gun.

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11 Comments
  1. Mark says:

    Yuck. I find her to be so unsympathetic.

  2. Jackie says:

    That’s a bummer. I am not a fan of hers.

  3. tahina says:

    Only know her from Hell on Wheels and didn’t like her bossy character..good news of she doesn’t come back. :)

  4. Scott says:

    I am a fan and she’s awesome :). Loved her since Electric Dreams!

  5. Jill says:

    Good for her! That’s wonderful.

  6. Ashley says:

    why is this in pittsburgh and not in Kentucky? the Hatfields and McCoys are part of Kentucky’s history. Why do people want to take it away.

  7. Snsetblaze says:

    Does that mean Hell On Wheels won’t be coming back?

  8. Chicago Dan says:

    “The prospective series will use a SHOCKING DEATH to once again pit the families against one another.” Sort of like Deception, Revenge (when we lead to believe Daniel was dead body at beginning of show), etc.

  9. huh says:

    Strangely I feel better about the Hatfields and McCoys mini-series being filmed in Romania and using the horrible accents that they used than I do about a “Modern day” version set in Pittsburgh. Cincinnati, OH, Lexington KY and Charleston WV are all closer cities to the actual area this occurred in. Living in and around this area now, I really couldn’t and wouldn’t ever envision a heap of the whole family to up and move 4 hours north into PA.
    For example, many of the family members still live in Pikesville, KY, Matewan WV and Williamson WV. Pittsburgh is 308 Mi to the north, the writers would have many other cities to the south nearby to choose from including Charlotte 269mi Lexington 164 Mi, Nashville (longer) 349, Cincinnati if you had to move north at only 210mi but along the same land type/ river, Louisville 236mi…You can get what I mean. It is odd to have two family units suddenly pick up and move to Pittsburgh. Oh well…

  10. Don says:

    The movie was shot in abania, not pittsburg

  11. william dixon says:

    I watched the series on the history channel and will not be a patt if watching the hatfields and mccoys new series on the history channel just so thst they can make money off of their ancestors. I think that its disrepectful of both familys trying to make money from a long ago fued.

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