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Lifetime, A&E, History to Simulcast 'Bonnie & Clyde' Miniseries

Four-Hour, Depression-Era Outlaw Saga Marks Initial Collaborative Showcase by A&E Networks Trio 9/18/2013 1:47 PM Eastern

 

The tale about the Barrows and the Parkers will get the family treatment on A+E Networks' flagship services.

In a first for the programmer, Lifetime, A&E and History will simulcast the four-hour, two-night miniseries Bonnie & Clyde on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

Bonnie & Clyde was originally slated for solo run on Lifetime.  Then, History, which has enjoyed big-time succcess recently with miniseries, was brought into the mix. The network's 2012 three-installment Hatfields & McCoys was the most-watched miniseries in cable history averaging some 13 million watchers, while its 2013 five-parter, The Bible, averaged more than 10 million viewers. A+E Networks has now decided to have A&E also air Bonnie & Clyde, completing the three-network simulcast lineup on its flagship services.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Bonnie & Clyde stars Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) in the title roles of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the infamous Depression-era outlaw couple.

The miniseries reunites Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winner Holly Hunter  (The Piano) with Academy Award-winner and multiple Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominee William Hurt (Too Big to Fail), who starred together in 1987’s Broadcast News, with the former playing Emma Parker, Bonnie’s mother, and Hurt portraying Frank Hamer, the Texas Ranger pursuing the Barrow gang.

Other key cast members include Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) as Blanche Barrow, Clyde’s sister-in-law; Lane Garrison (Prison Break) as Clyde’s brother Buck; Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga) as P.J. Lane, a writer tracking the gang; Austin Hebert (True Blood) as Ted Hinton, a lawman also on the hunt for the duo; and Dale Dickey (Winter’s Bone) as Cummie Barrow, Clyde’s mother.

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