May 27, 2012 in Features

TV Notes: ‘Hatfield & McCoys’ make History

Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times
 

Don’t miss

“HATFIELDS & MCCOYS” – Over the years, most of us have heard of the famous 19th century clash of backwoods clans. But few of us actually know what got the rumble rolling, or that it very nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia. This six-hour miniseries, airing over three nights, provides all the details and then some. It’s bolstered by vivid performances from Kevin Costner as Devil Anse Hatfield (yes, that’s his real name), and Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy. Also featured in the standout cast: Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe and Mare Winningham. 9 p.m. Monday, History Channel.

Other bets

SUNDAY: Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna are our hosts for the “National Memorial Day Concert 2012.” The annual tribute to military personnel features performances by Trace Adkins, Natalie Cole and Daughtry. 7 p.m. KSPS; 8 p.m., KCDT.

SUNDAY: “Mermaids: The Body Found” either could be very intriguing – or just one whopper of a fish story. It’s a special claiming that the mythical sea creatures may have actually existed. 9 p.m., Animal Planet.

SUNDAY: Good news: The bloody mayhem continues on “Game of Thrones.” In the latest episode, Stannis’ (Stephen Dillane) fleet launches an all-out assault on King’s Landing, forcing Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and the Lannisters to fight for their lives. 9 p.m., HBO.

MONDAY: Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman make lots of love and even more war in “Hemingway & Gellhorn.” It’s a TV film about the turbulent romance between writer Ernest Hemingway and courageous war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. 9 p.m., HBO.

TUESDAY: We’re expecting a lot of skin and sin from “The Catalina.” It’s a new reality series that follows the daily adventures of young employees at a hotel in Miami’s South Beach. Up first: A spring-break pool party. 8 p.m., The CW.

TUESDAY: On the Season 3 opener of “Workaholics,” our slacker buddies have their first LSD experience, which happens to coincide with a business trip. Why does that not surprise us? 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central.

WEDNESDAY: The thrills should be off the leash with “Dogs in the City.” It’s a reality series that has pet expert (and comedian) Justin Silver working to solve all kinds of canine complications. 8 p.m., CBS.

WEDNESDAY: The 18th season of “America’s Next Top Model” concludes with the crowning of its winner. But first, one of the finalists is taken to the hospital after suffering a panic attack. 9 p.m., The CW.

THURSDAY: “Breaking Pointe” is a new reality series set in the world of ballet. It focuses on a fiercely competitive dance company in Salt Lake City, where the drama never ceases and members constantly have to be on their toes. 8 p.m., The CW.

FRIDAY: Most kids have competed in a spelling bee. So why not a “National History Bee”? The first such event has brainy students from all over the country vying for a $50,000 scholarship in Washington, D.C. 8 p.m., History Channel.

SATURDAY: We find the title of the latest episode of “Flipped off” to be intriguing: “Nightmare on Deal Street.” It has Russell trying to ignore Shawn’s fears about buying a home in which the last resident died. 10 p.m., A&E.


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