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Kevin Costner Books TV Gig, Nancy Grace Quits and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 25th 2011 2:00PM
Kevin CostnerKevin Costner is heading to the History Channel. Costner will produce and star in a new miniseries, 'The Hatfields and McCoys.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Costner will play Anse Hatfield. The series will retell the tale of the bloody feud between the two families. It's set to air next year, the 150th anniversary of the infamous clash.

"'The Hatfields & McCoys' is a classic tale of American history," Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager of History, said in a statement. "These are names that are widely recognized, yet few people know the real story that made them famous."

Leslie Greif's Thinkfactory Media is behind the project.

"As an avid history fan, I am thrilled to join with Leslie Greif and History in this dramatic re-telling of a classic and timeless tale that is forever immersed in the folklore of our country," Costner said in a statement.

History recently announced 'The Bible,' a new miniseries from Mark Burnett.

In other casting news ...

Anna Kournikova will officially train contestants on next season of 'The Biggest Loser.' Trainers Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova will not be returning. [Vulture]

'Lights Out' star Billy Brown has joined the cast of 'Dexter.' Brown will play Mike Cutler, Chicago transplant who steps on some toes at Miami Metro. [THR]

Nancy Grace has quit 'Swift Justice.' Grace attributed her decision to leave the series to the shift in production from Atlanta to Los Angeles. "I am so proud of the work we have done on 'Swift Justice.' Leaving such a successful show was a tough decision, but, with the increased requirements of the production's relocation to Los Angeles, it became challenging to balance my most important job -- mother to John David and Lucy -- back home." She'll be replaced by Jackie Glass. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Prison Break' star Rockmond Dunbar to will play sheriff on 'Sons of Anarchy.' Dunbar will play Eli Roosevelt, a formidable, confident and forthright lawman." He's signed on for multiple episodes. [TV Guide]

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lthrnck68

Yay! Glad she quit. Overbearing, self important, obnoxious all apply to her. With her gone, maybe I can not worry about having to skip her channel now.

May 26 2011 at 6:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
killkubota

"History" Channel. Boy that's rich. UFO's, JFK conspiracies, swamp people and loggers are the junk this so called serious channel give us today. As if UFO's are actually a serious topic that needs hours of programming. What crap.

May 25 2011 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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