This was Television on May 28

2012: Hatfields & McCoys debuts

History Channel’s first original scripted drama, the three-day miniseries starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton became one of the most popular shows in the network’s history. It debuted to nearly 14 million viewers, one of basic cable’s highest recorded audiences, and netted 16 Emmy nominations. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Brandon Cruz, widower’s son (51); Elisabeth Hasselbeck, morning host (36); Beth Howland, waitress (72); John Karlen, character actor (80); Monica Keena, dorm dweller (33); Justin Kirk, slacker (44); Christa Miller, cul-de-sac crew (49); Glenn Quinn, demon (d. 2002); James Michael Tyler, coffee shop manager (51).

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