UPDATE 6/12/12 @ 7 p.m.
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The excitement surrounding the history of the Hatfield and McCoy feud just got even bigger.
Rather than the battle between families, descendants of each clan went up against their own blood as they auditioned for a new reality TV show.
The show will pit the families against each other in a competition. However, there are only five to 10 spots available on each team.
Dozens of descendants showed up Tuesday for the auditions. Some drove from as far away as Georgia and North Carolina.
Everybody there had their own reasons for wanting to be a part of it.
“I just felt like it's part of my heritage, and I decided to make this trip,” Roger Garrett, a feud descendant, said.
“I thought it would bring a positive light to our area,” Kendra Morris, a McCoy descendant, said.
“I thought they wanted to talk to me because they wanted a recipe for this moonshine they're talking about,” David Franklin Brown Jr., a Hatfield descendant. said as a joke before his audition.
It has not been released which network the show will air on, but the production company has produced shows for the History Channel, MTV, A&E and more.
The show will put members of the two families against one another in a competition.
The production company is looking for interesting characters between the ages of 15 and 85 that have a family connection to the famous feud.
You don't have to be named Hatfield or McCoy, just be descended from a feud participant. It could be Jim Vance, Frank Phillips, Perry Cline, Aunt Betty or any of the other key players in the conflict.
"The producers of the show have assured me that this will be a positive portrayal and is not designed to show us in a negative light," stated Bill Richardson, WVU Extension Professor and feud expert. "They want something upbeat and positive. But they also want interesting characters that people will like watching on TV."
The casting call for the Hatfield and McCoy unscripted series will be held on Tuesday, June 12 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Williamson campus.
You can arrive anytime during those hours. You don't need to bring proof of your family connection at this stage of the process but if they select you for the show you will have to provide that information.
At the casting call you will be photographed, will need to provide your contact information and be asked a few questions. The producers just want to get an idea of your personality and hear about your family connection to the feud.
The production company doing the show has produced shows and documentaries for A&E, the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel, Syfy, MTV and others.
For additional information on Tuesday's casting you can call 304-235-0370 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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