Last updated: July 18. 2013 1:11PM - 255 Views
Rachel Dove-Baldwin
Heartland News Service

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WILLIAMSON — The History Channel’s Hatfield and McCoy mini-series is not only the pride of the Tug Valley area, but is now the toast of Hollywood and the film industry, respectfully acknowledged as one of the best television mini-series of the year.

The nominations for the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were unveiled in Los Angeles, Ca. at 7 a.m. EST on Thursday, and among those receiving the top nods was the mini-series based on the family feud between the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s that has successfully thrust Mingo County and Pike County, Ky. into the limelight.

The Hatfield’s and McCoy’s captured 16 nominations, including those for best mini-series or movie. Two of the lead actors in the series, Kevin Costner (Devil Anse Hatfield) and Bill Paxton (Randall McCoy), are up for the coveted best actor award. Tom Berenger, who did a phenomenal job in his portrayal of “Uncle Jim” Vance, is up against 4 others in the supporting actor category. Mare Winningham (Sarah McCoy) was nominated for best supporting actress.

Other categories that the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s received recognition are were nominated for include art direction for a miniseries or movie; casting for a mini-series, movie or special; costumes for mini-series, movie or special; directing, mini-series, movie or dramatic special (Kevin Reynolds); single-camera picture editing, miniseries or movie; hairstyling, mini-series or movie; makeup, mini-series or movie; music composition, mini-series, movie or special; sound editing, mini-series, movie or special; sound mixing, mini-series or movie and writing, mini-series, movie or special (Ted Mann, Ronald Parker and Bill Kerby).

“I’m very excited that the Hatfield and McCoy mini-series received all of these Emmy nominations,” stated Natalie Young, Executive Director of the Tug Valley of Commerce (TVCC). “The more attention that’s paid to the series and that it’s talked about in the media, the longer we’ll continue to see an increase of tourists in our county.”

Young told the Daily News that the historical Coalhouse (TVCC) continues to have a large number of tourists stopping by on a daily basis, with this being the trend since the airing of the mini-series.

“It’s incredible how many phone calls and visitors we’ve had since the three night series debuted back in May,” Young said. “We’ve been contacted by people from across the U.S. wanting information about the Hatfield and McCoy sites, our bus tours and other upcoming events.”

“We’ve been working hard to take advantage of every opportunity for growth that this series has provided us. We’re excited about the chance to see Williamson and all of Mingo County prosper and grow.”

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 23 at 8 p.m., on ABC. The Tug Valley area will definitely be tuned in to see if the Hatfield and McCoy mini-series walks away with the coveted trophies.

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