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History's "Hatfields and McCoys" Sets Record for Viewers

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- History's Hatfields and McCoys, starring Kevin Costner, has set a record for the network, Variety reports.

On Monday, the first of the three-part miniseries attracted 13.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched non-sports telecast in cable history.  Part three airs Wednesday.

Hatfields and McCoys is a true American story of a legendary family feud that spanned decades and nearly triggered a war between Kentucky and West Virginia.  Costner plays “Devil” Anse Hatfield and Bill Paxton portrays Randall McCoy. 

Costner tells OnThe that when you're telling the story of actual people, it's important to get it right because, "You don’t want to mess with people’s lives.  You don’t want to treat them like clowns..."

Costner says the people involved in the feud are "part of the American fabric.  This DNA of violence and biblical proportions."

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"Swamp People" Star Dead at 48

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PIERRE PART, La.) -- Mitchell Guist, who stars on the reality television series Swamp People, died while on a boat in a Louisiana swamp country, according to a local sheriff.

Guist, who was 48, died Monday after he fell while on a boat on the Intracoastal Waterway near Pierre Part, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack confirmed.

Swamp People, which airs on The History Channel, chronicles the lives and adventures of alligator hunters in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya swamp country.

“We are extremely saddened to report that our friend and beloved member of the Swamp People family, Mitchell Guist, has passed away,” The History Channel said Monday.  “Mitchell passed on the swamp, doing what he loved.  We appreciate your respect for the Guist family’s privacy and hope you join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to his brother, Glenn, and the rest of the Guist family.”

Sheriff Waguespack said that Guist died after he was taken to the Teche Regional Medical Center after he fell while on the waterway around 9 a.m. Monday, according to initial reports.  Guist’s cause of death or the fall is still unclear at this time, though Waguespack said that he appeared to have had a seizure.

911 calls indicate that locals on the scene went to extreme lengths to try to revive Guist with CPR.

“You say he’s in cardiac arrest?” the 911 dispatcher asked.

“Yes sir, we’re blowing and pumping the guy’s chest right now … It looks like he may have had a heart attack,” the caller said.

The History Channel said that Guist would have turned 49 on Friday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


History Channel Miniseries 'The Kennedys' Canceled Before It Airs

Photo Courtesy - Brian Killian/WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The highly-publicized miniseries The Kennedys, starring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes, is now itself history. A&E Television Networks has decided not to air the eight-part miniseries on its History cable channel in the spring, as previously scheduled. A rep told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, "While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand."

The Hollywood Reporter says members of the Kennedy family had pressured A&E Television Networks, which is owned in part by Disney and NBC Universal, to cancel the miniseries. Specifically, the publication claims, Maria Shriver, the daughter of John F. Kennedy sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver and a former NBC newswoman, told NBC executives she did not approve of the project, which reportedly portrayed the Kennedy family in an unflattering light. The Hollywood Reporter also notes that the miniseries itself contained some historical inaccuracies, and further suggests that Caroline Kennedy’s book deal with a Disney publishing company might have factored into the decision.

The Hollywood Reporter claims The Kennedys, featuring Kinnear as President John F. Kennedy and Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy, may be shopped to other cable channels. It is still scheduled to air in other countries, including in Canada this March.

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