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History Tries Two New Scripted Ideas

5/31/2011 8:01 AM Eastern

History will take a second swing at the
scripted-series genre with a retelling of the legendary
Hatfields vs. McCoys family feud.

Separately, the network will team with reality-series
producer Mark Burnett to produce a 10-hour docudrama
on the Bible, which will air in 2013.

The Hatfields and the McCoys, slated for 2012, coincides
with the 150th anniversary of the infamous feud
and will star Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, who will also
serve as producing partner with production company
Thinkfactory Media. The Hatfield and the McCoys will
chronicle the bloody hostilities between the two clans
that escalated to the point of near war between two
states, according to the network.

The Hatfields and the McCoys marks the latest scripted
project commissioned by History. The network’s first
project, The Kennedys, was eventually deemed too controversial
to air and was dropped by History. The Kennedys
aired on ReelzChannel in April.

The Bible, the first scripted docudrama offering from
Burnett — the producer of such reality fare as The Apprentice
and Survivor — will feature some of the most
famous stories ever written, from Noah’s Ark and the
Exodus to Daniel in the Lion’s Den to the crucifi xion
and resurrection of Jesus.

“At History, part of our legacy — and indeed one of
the reasons we are enjoying such great success right
now — is our ability to look at the many stories of history
through a contemporary lens,” History president and
general manager Nancy Dubuc said in a release.

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