[NBC] handed out a pilot order to the Charlize Theron-produced Hatfields & McCoys, marking its ninth drama this season.
Set in present-day Pittsburgh, the drama begins when a startling death reignites the feud between these two legendary families. Unleashing decades of resentment, the blue-collar McCoys will put the Hatfields’ wealth and power at risk as they go to war for control of the city. [THR]
I’m sure this is one of those things that will make sense as more of it is unveiled, and, hey, for all I know this show will need to back a dump truck down the red carpet to haul out all its Emmys in a year or two, but let’s just briefly recap the facts so far: Charlize Theron, a gorgeous Oscar-winning movie star who hails from South Africa, is producing a present-day, Yinzer version of the famous Hatfields and McCoys story. Read that sentence a few times. Like, really read it. Break it down piece by piece, go get a snack, come back, do it again, etc. Let the whole thing wash over you.
It’s strange, right? Like, at least a little strange? It’s not that Charlize Theron isn’t a legit producer (her credits include Monster, Young Adult, and an upcoming HBO project with David Fincher), and it’s not that a modern-day Hatfields and McCoys story is outlandish, it’s just… Maybe it’s the Pittsburgh thing. Or maybe I just need another cup of coffee. I don’t know. Something is really strange here.
I have much to ponder
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