Sophia Bush To Star In NBC Pilot ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, ‘The Selection’ Finds Celeste

EXCLUSIVE: Sophia Bush is returning to drama series with a lead role in NBC’s hourlong pilot Hatfields & McCoys, a modern-day take on the infamous feud executive produced by Charlize Theron. Written by John Glenn and directed by Michael Mayer, the project is set in present day Pittsburgh. The startling death of the McCoy patriarch re-ignites the feud between these two legendary families, unleashing decades of resentment. One Tree Hill alumna Bush, repped by WME and Joan Green, will play Emma McCoy, the shining star of the family and and the oldest McCoy sibling, a doctor. This season, she starred on the CBS comedy Partners.

Celia Massingham has landed a lead role opposite Yael Grobglas in the CW drama The Selection. Set 300 years in the future, The Selection is an epic romance centering on America Singer (Grobglas), a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. Massingham will play Celeste, a young woman competing in The Selection to become wife of Prince Maxon (Michael Malarkey) and future queen.

Comments (12)

  • Isn’t “comedy” a bit of a mis-nomer for “Partners”?

    Right?

    Comment by Truth... — Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 6:40pm PST  
  • Thanks for the warning.

    Comment by hamish — Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 6:51pm PST  
  • One Tree Hill was my show!!!!
    & Partners was hilarious! Love Sophia (if u see this follow/mention me on twitter @JY26)

    Can’t wait to see her on my tv again. I hope it lasts longer than Partners.

    Comment by Jamila — Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 7:05pm PST  
  • Sophia Bush! :) She was the backbone of Tree Hill’s success, and frankly, the best thing about Partners, even though the sitcom was a new challenge for her. Hoping she gets another shot next fall with this pilot drama. She’s as good as they get.

    Comment by Nero theTVFiddler — Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 8:09pm PST  
  • NBC is certainly lining up a great cast so far for this pilot. Virginia Madsen, Jesse Lee Soffer, Jeff Plueger and now Sophia Bush.

    Cant wait to see who they cast as Hatfields..Matt Barr? He was on the mini series, would provide some link in a physical sense to the mini series if he was cast as a Hatfield…

    Gerald McRaney as the Hatfield dad and maybe Joanna Cassidy as the mom Hatfield? not sure but hope the Hatfields are good..

    Comment by Shaun Daily-Las Vegas — Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 9:18pm PST  
    • Rebecca de Mornay was cast earlier today as lead of the Hatfield clan. A good choice. Indeed, this show/pilot has a stellar cast. If NBC is looking for new blood and talent for their fall 2013 season [and they are], help is on the way. This show has great potential.

      BTW – Joanna Cassidy (one of everyone’s all-time favorites) landed a guest role on Fox series Bones – that episode will arrive sometime in late April (per TV Guide magazine and sister-site TVLINE/MWM). Joanna will play Booth’s mother.

      Comment by Nero theTVFiddler — Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 11:10pm PST  
  • Bam!!!

    Comment by Love Sophia! — Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 9:21pm PST  
  • I’ve been waiting for Sophia Bush to get a great role like this. She’s amazing.

    Comment by ERob — Friday March 1, 2013 @ 9:35am PST  
  • Sophia better hope this is a success or her career is over.

    Comment by amy — Friday March 1, 2013 @ 12:11pm PST  
    • Couldn’t agree more. One hopes anyways …

      Comment by Beep — Saturday March 2, 2013 @ 2:49pm PST  
  • Hatfields and Mccoy is essentially the same plot as Dallas but set in Pittsburgh….ABC’s VENICE also is the same plot but set in Venice. New ideas anyone? Having read both pilots -Hatfields is clearly superior as the cast it has lined up indicates….The Venice Pilot is soap opera junk, is laughably bad!

    Comment by Rufus — Friday March 1, 2013 @ 1:15pm PST  
  • Unless you are doing a period correct version….people aren’t gonna watch. A modern day “Dallas” done in “Pittsburgh” ….doomed. Keep it period correct and I KNOW people will watch….to me this sounds like another soap opera with the name Hatfield and McCoy attached.

    Comment by Mark — Friday March 1, 2013 @ 2:05pm PST  
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