Emmy Nominations: PEOPLE TV Critic's Take

If you ask why I am crying, it’s because Madeleine Stowe, star of ABC’s Revenge, is not among the Emmy nominees. In fact, I am crying just as she would: My eyes are ringed with big, ready-to-drop tears of wrath and sorrow.

Otherwise, the latest batch of nominees is pretty satisfying.

Kevin Costner's Hatfield: Meet the Man Behind the Feud

Fourteen million cable TV watchers can’t be wrong. As the dust settles on the History Channel dramatization of the great American feud – the network’s ratings record-setter Hatfields & McCoys airs its third and final installment Wednesday night – perhaps it’s time to step back and look at the real-life patriarchs being portrayed by Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton.

Hatfields & McCoys: Whose Side Are You On?

Hatfields & McCoys, the History Channel’s epic miniseries starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the heads of the famous feuding families in the post-Civil War South, comes to an end Wednesday after the trilogy’s first installment Monday registered nearly 14 million viewers – a ratings record for cable.

Costner and Paxton play close friends Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, whose personal conflict escalated into a decades-long rivalry between their families in Kentucky and West Virginia, and nearly led to war between the two states in the post-war years.