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Outlaw Country Pilot Airs on FX

Updated on August 6, 2017
Mary Steenburgen
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"Outlaw Country" 2010 Drama Dumped By FX, Pilot Finally Airs in August 2012

This lens is devoted to all things "Outlaw Country" -- the drama originally planned as a television series on the FX network. The "Outlaw Country" lens will cover some of my first-hand experiences during the shooting of the pilot for the show in Nashville, Tennessee, in October 2010, as well as cover cast members Mary Steenburgen, Haley Bennett, John Hawkes and Luke Grimes. The lens will also feature show updates and news.

The FX Network program "Outlaw Country" has been described as a modern drama set against the backdrop of Southern organized crime. According to the IMDB, "Outlaw Country" is a "crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty where music, love, hope and tragedy collide." Steenburgen and Bennett play mother and daughter country music singers.

"Outlaw Country" was shot as a pilot in 2010 starring Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett, Mary Steenburgen and John Hawkes. The pilot movie underwent reshoots in April of 2011. Then in November 2011 it was announced that FX had officially passed on the crime thriller/family drama exploring organized crime and Nashville "royalty." The pilot was finally aired on FX as a TV movie on August 23, 2012.

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Also see the Bring Back Outlaw Country Petition below.

Dickson County Fair Grounds
Dickson County Fair Grounds

"Outlaw Country" Pilot Filmed in Nashville

In October of 2010, the pilot for the new FX drama "Outlaw Country" was filmed in various locations across Middle Tennessee including locations in several Tennessee counties around Nashville. Some scenes were shot at the Dickson County Fairgrounds with Mary Steenbergen, Hayley Bennett, Luke Grimes and John-Paul Howard. Other scenes were shot at Cumberland Furnace, also in Dickson County.

According to the Nashville Scene, a partial list of the Nashville talent used on the production would include Jim O'Rear, Reegus Flenory, Jason Allen, Jessejames Locorriere, assistant camera Tracy Facelli, music supervisor Shooter Jennings, sound mixer Glen Trew and set PA Eric Williams.

Outlaw Country joins other recent films with country music roots shot in Nashville including "Pure Country 2: The Gift" and "Country Strong."

Travis Fimmel photo © Kathryn E. Darden. All rights reserved.
Travis Fimmel photo © Kathryn E. Darden. All rights reserved.

"Outlaw Country" Cast

Mary Steenburgen - Anastasia Lee (country singer)

Haley Bennett - Annabel Lee (daughter of Anastasia Lee & a country singer)

Luke Grimes - Eli Larkin (cowboy)

John Hawkes - Tarzen Larkin

Travis Fimmel

John-Paul Howard - Jonny

Johnny Whitworth

Joel Garland - Orville

Alex Van - Trevor Peters

Jim O'Rear - Deputy Sheriff Reese

Todd Bush - Deputy Sheriff

Kathryn Darden - Movie Extra

Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen was born February 8, 1953 in Newport, Arkansas. She plays plays country singer Anastasia Lee in "Outlaw Country."

Mary Steenburgen was the first cast member signed to the new FX drama, "Outlaw Country." While Steenburgen is reported to sing in the role, she was definitely lip synching in the concert scene shot at the Dickson County Fairgrounds in Nashville. However, she sang in the movie "The Butcher's Wife," also starring Demi Moore and Jeff Daniels, so she may really do some of her own singing in "Outlaw Country."

Speaking of singing, Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings, is also reportedly an executive consultant and music supervisor for the FX series.

Steenburgen is co-starring in another country music-themed movie -- the upcoming indie film 'Dirty Girl,' with Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy. Country stars Dwight Yoakum and Tim McGraw ("Country Strong") are also in the film, which is about a girl who runs away from her Oklahoma home in 1987, according to Variety. "Dirty Girl" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 12, 2010.

"Country Strong" is not Steenburgen's only Southern-themed pilot in 2010. She shot another pilot earlier this year for the sitcom "Southern Discomfort" with Don Johnson and Sophia Bush.

Steenburgen is also known for her roles in "Back to the Future III," "Melvin and Howard," "One Magic Christmas," "Elf," and many other movies.

Actress Haley Bennett
Actress Haley Bennett | Source

Haley Bennett

Actress Haley Bennett plays Annabel Lee, the daughter of Anastasia Lee (Steenburgen) and a rising country singer in "Outlaw Country." The singer and actress was born Haley Loraine Keeling on January 7, 1988, and has starred in films like "Music and Lyrics," "College" and "The Haunting of Molly Hartley."

Official website: www.haleybennett.com

The Haunting of Molly Hartley with Haley Bennett and Chace Crawford on DVD

The Haunting of Molly Hartley, a 2008 horror film which just released on DVD starring Hayley Bennett, is a strange movie, somewhat derivative of other horror films including To the Devil a Daughter, Rosemary's Baby, and The Omen.

Luke Grimes photo © Kathryn E. Darden
Luke Grimes photo © Kathryn E. Darden

Luke Grimes

Luke Grimes plays cowboy Eli Larkin in "Outlaw Country." Born January 21, 1984, Luke Timothy Grimes is best known for his role in the TV series "Brothers and Sisters"where he played Ryan Lafferty, the illegitimate son of William Walker.

John Hawkes in 2009 by Ralf Strathmann
John Hawkes in 2009 by Ralf Strathmann

John Hawkes

Actor John Hawkes (John Marvin Perkins) plays Tarzen Larkin on "Outlaw Country." He may be best known for his his Academy Award-nominated performance as the villainous backwoods meth addict Teardrop in "Winter's Bone" opposite Jennifer Lawrence ("Hunger Games") although he has had numerous other roles in movies and TV shows.

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    • tash 2 years ago

      I really enjoyed it such a huge shame they Didn't allow it to air I think it would have become addictive very quickly

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Please make a series of this. The pilot has just been released as a film on French TV Video on Demand and it's brilliant. So much potential for a great series. And such fabulous music. A definite hit.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Bring it back

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Absolutely, I want to keep watching - what comes next! Awesome cast, bring it on please! 1 put of 10+

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Please, PLEASE bring it back as a series. Beautiful pilot. I've watched it at least ten times in the last couple months. So intriguing. I'll be terribly disappointed if nothing else comes of it.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes Please as movie needed a better ending felt like movie should have kept on going

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes please as didn't end well in the movie Felt like movie should have continued

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Definitely watched movie many times now.

      Got my attention want the series

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I really enjoyed the movie! I just watched it on netflix. The only problem was that it ended so abruptly. It took me by surprise when it just ended like that. I would have watched the series had it happened.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Show was awesome! Had a sweaty gritty feel about it. Very entrtaining, so I'm Sure that's the last we'll see of that! Mad Men, Walking Dead, and Hell on Wheels are the only shows I watch regularly. I did watch Last Resort but how long could they really keep that story line going anyway......

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I just finished watching this. I can't believe that ended the way it did. It definitely left me wanting watch some more of this show. I was wondering who was the guy who played Eli's buddy. His character was the one who stabbed the other at the bbq at Eli's? I was wondering who that was. I hope that Outlaw Country becomes a regular tv show.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      make the series...already

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes it should!! Just watched it on netflix for the first time sept. 2013 and it was a great movie!! Just left us hanging on what happens next. Please make a follow up episode with all the same actors!! It was a great movie!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Saw this on a movie channel 2 weeks ago, and I've re-watched it 5 times since then. Obsessed would be a fitting word for me ATM, because I'm SO hard to please. The instant attraction between Elie and Annabelle was done super believably! And, my, the villain Tarzen! I usually fast-forward villain scenes, but he's so quirky, serious, chilling and balanced, I re-watch, trying to pick up new subtleties every time, enjoying his performance, truly "loving" to hate him. And I'm so in love with Annabelle's character! I am cheering for her to break out from under her mother's clutches and strive for her own music career (I mean, she'd have contacts to do so). And I'm so desperate for Eli to find a way to be with her *after* he finds a way to get out from under his uncle's clutches!

      I love that Annabelle and Eli both know what it's like to be controlled by someone close to them, a person who *should* be helping them be all they want to be. It's why a SEQUEL could be so deep--they understand each other on a level others can't touch. There's so much scope for angst and intensity of feelings!

      The past 2 weeks I've thought of it as a gripping movie with *very* fleshed-out characters, that tried to buck the Hollywood norm with an open-ended finish. But it makes sense now that I've learnt it was made as a pilot to a series.

      I've raved to friends and family about it, saying how I can't stop thinking about it, and how I'd *love* a SEQUEL movie that wraps up loose ends and starts with Annabelle and Eli more empowered to change their lots in life due to their now *desperate* need for one another.

      To say, "Yes! I want more!" is a vast understatement!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I say a big "YES" that Outlaw Country should return to tv!! I liked it a lot! I would watch every week! I know many others that would too! Love country music but that rebel in me likes the southern outlaw part too! Why do you think shows like Sons Of Anarchy, Justified are so popular! This has that plus country music!! I say HELL YEAH!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Please bring back the serious!!! I love it sooooooo much already one episode & i loved it!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      It was amazing in so many different levels! It's hard to find such talented people in one show with a nice script.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Bring it back!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Are you kidding me!!! Absolutely!!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      YES PLEASE BRING IT BACK,THIS WAS THE START OF A GREAT SHOW

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Come on... I saw this in August and can't wait to see more!!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      This movie was fabulous!!!! I want more :))

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, bring it back now, please

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      YES!!!! Bring it back!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Great show! Please bring it back!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes!! bring it back! I thought it was a movie, got really into watching it, and then it was cut off by a poor ending.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I just watched the Outlaw Country movie and was shocked at the ending! I need to know what happens! FX please bring back Outlaw Country! The story and acting were outstanding.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      YES, it left off with a horrible ending!!! i need more.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I just finished watching Outlaw Country and it was SERIOUSLY fantastic. I found the characters to be very true-to-life and the situations that they found themselves entangled in to be realistically heartbreaking and engaging. The show drew me in HARD, and I just watched the Season Premiere of Sons Of Anarchy Season 5- of which I am a longtime fan. I googled Outlaw Country immediately after watching the pilot episode... and now I very disappointingly see that it is not a new FX show. It did not even occur to me that it was NOT a BRILLIANT NEW FX MASTERPIECE and it is a true shock to see that they are not bringing it out! I honestly do not understand this... it CANNOT be due to the fact that the show is not almost FLAWLESSLY watchable and suspenseful. I feel like the reason MUST be something other than the quality of the show itself. It was not lacking in any way. The scene was set in one episode alone for at least two seasons worth of drama! FX- I hope you are reading this... are you SURE you don't want to reconsider? You have another breakaway classic hit show just sitting in your lap and it would seem pure folly to turn away from that! I am (sorry!) not even a Country music fan- and I grew up as a total Yankee (though I live in Outlaw Country myself now- all the more reason I am able to recognize how very real-and gloriously raw!) which goes to show you how the show crosses all sorts of "lines" and easily reaches a very broad audience. Anyone who was ever young, trapped in a bad situation not of their own making, stifled by family, or found themselves falling in love with the "wrong" person could relate to this GEM of a show. I will be holding my breath for more of Outlaw Country. Please don't keep me waiting too long! Thanks for reading.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      first Terriers, which was Fantastic! and then not knowing the backstory with production I watch Outlaw Country and enjoyed it very much to only get news that, well no more!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes...I really enjoyed it..please make it a series!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Bring it back!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Bring it back! Awesome show!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes bring it back, definitely a worthy show

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      This Show ROCKS. Please pick it up. Gotta see more

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      totally enjoyed it!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes please...

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      awesome!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      So where can you buy the music?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I wish someone would pick this show up! it deserves to be on the air!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes bring it on we love the plot

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      It's a no brainer...if FX would take a look at the search results and the comments

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes! Love it and want more!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes!!!! it was awesome, and kept you on your toes!!! very great cast!! something you would not expect to see on FX, mabey on HBO

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      YESSSSSS! It was phenomenal. I must have more.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes yes yes Just a tease.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I SAY YES

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! Bring it back!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Absolutely! Great T.V. Entertainment. I agree with everybody else....what the hell is FX thinking' ?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes I want more it's has original plot and with great story. Fx is the best network on tv , it has a great cast and leaves me wanting more . Bring it back!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      This was a great series. Hopefully, the producers for FX will see the real potential. It's definitely raw. Havent seen anything like this since "The Soprano's"

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes...so far FX is carrying the best of it all. Keep up the dark drama!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      YES YES YES................loved it!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      definitely. so enjoyed it. have been checking every day for next episode. devastated to find it was one off

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      FX has to bring it back ! Loved it!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Absolutely!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes, yes, yes

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes, loved it!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      YES! I loved it! I hope FX reconsiders. It was terrific.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      really good show. I hope it turns into a series. There really wasn't enough advertisement for the show, that probably hurt ratings. Excellent show though, bring it back.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Absolutely loved it! It must continue!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes it should be a series. I want to see more

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes yes yes! I want to see more!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Definitely! And if for some tragic reason it does not make it to FX as a Series the story definitely needs to be finished with a second part to the "movie" (pilot). There was no ending!! How can you just cut something off like that. Ugh. I WANT MORE OUTLAW COUNTRY!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      you missed this one It would have been a smash Hit. Reconsider maybe someone else will make it happen Very good show

    • Kathryn Darden 4 years ago

      I would like to see "Outlaw Country" made into a series

    No! Once was enough

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      • Anwen Arabella 2 years ago

        I have watched this movie many times but end is not well, I want to watch what comes next,movie should have continue or make a Tv series of pilot.

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      We, the undersigned, want to see the "Outlaw Country" pilot with Mary Steenburgen, Haley Bennett, Luke Grimes and John Hawkes made into a television series like was originally planned by FX. The cast was great, the story was original and the ending left us wanting more. Bring Back "Outlaw Country."

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      Dickson Country Fairgrounds - site for some of the Outlaw Country filming
      Dickson Country Fairgrounds - site for some of the Outlaw Country filming

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      'Outlaw Country' begins filming at Dickson fairgrounds

      Filming for the pilot of the FX Network drama "Outlaw Country" began in Dickson Tuesday morning at the county fairgrounds for a concert scene filled with hundreds of extras from around the area.

      Pure Country 2: The Gift stars Katrina Elam, Travis Fimmel, J.D. Parker, Dean Cain and features a couple of special appearances by country music superstar, George Strait.

      Scenes from the Outlaw Country Set - All photos © Kathryn E. Darden, all rights reserved.

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          Chuck 2 years ago

          Watching the commercial with your red faced tattooed man was quite repulsive. I doubt you could find another more unpleasant individual to promote your show. I will not watch the show in worry of see such a hellish figure again. I have no doubt the plot of the show is much of the same.

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          Kathryn Darden 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Thank you for supporting "Outlaw Country."

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          Kathryn Darden 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Thanks for the comment!

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          Kathryn Darden 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I don't know if anyone has contacted them or not. That would be a good idea.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          It was amazing! Already signed the petition. FX made a big mistake and I hope they can see it too.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I hope FX decides to do this series. Has anyone sent them this link?Does anyone know how to contact FX?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Really good movie, would be way better if it became a series!!! Left a lot unsaid and people wondering. Ending definitely made me mad.... make series!!!!!!!!

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          Kathryn Darden 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Thanks for your take on "Outlaw Country," Billy.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Great show and your going to stop it from becoming a series , what a big mistake

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          Kathryn Darden 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Thanks for leaving a comment. Be sure and sign the petition since you enjoyed the movie: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/outlaw-country/

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I can't believe they canned it! I was channel switching and found it just starting.....nothing much good on TV anymore so watched it! It was awesome, couldn't leave the room for breaks until commercials. In the world of "TV land", you don't come across many shows worth watching anymore and was looking for it to become a series. Somebody needs their head examined!

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          Kathryn Darden 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Here is a petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/outlaw-country/

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I watched the pilot last night and wish FX would pick up this show. "Outlaw Country" was a great concept. It only needed a little more promotion. It's as good as a lot of other shows, better than a bunch of other shows, and let's not forget that "Seinfeld" was almost not picked up!?!

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          Kathryn Darden 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I am not sure why they didn't pick it up, but I think I remember reading somewhere FX thought it was too similar to some of its other programming, and I believe Justified was mentioned as one of the similar existing shows. Here is a petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/outlaw-country/

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @KathrynDarden: the cast was what made it

          they wwoudlhave picked up a lot of the jenniferlawrence fans because of john hawkes

          i kept thinking the girl was the same as the one from Revenge

          the chemistry between grimes and that girl was electric but having the best actor john hawkes in it was unbelievable

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I LOVED THIS SHOW

          I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED when it ended

          i wasna't aware and just happened upon it

          Why didn't FX PICK IT UP ..thought much better than justified which i like. Where can we start a petition?!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I loved Outlaw Country and found it to be quite entertaining, and left us hangin on for more. It is a shame that F/X wants to pass up on this series, Luke Grimes and the cast kept us on the edge of our seats wanting more and left too much unanswered with the last very minutes...Please reconsider and make Outlaw Country a series...we want more and I know I'm no alone.

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          Kathryn Darden 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I agree. I would love to see this made as a series like they originally planned.

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          Kathryn Darden 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I wish they would pick it up, because it was filmed where eI live and I was an extra in it, and it would be nice to get the occasional casting call, but I think too much time has passed for them to be able to pick up where they left off. Maybe they could create a storyline with some returning cast members (whoever was available) and perhaps replace someone who might be locked into something else, but I suspect they would almost have to start over with a new cast.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: thats what im talking about. waiting for more of it.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I feel the network FX made a big mistake not going forward with Outla Country, I watched the pilot and I and my husband really liked it.