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Outlaw Country Pilot Airs on FX

Updated on August 23, 2017
Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen

"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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Bring Back Outlaw Country Petition

Suggested by readers of this "Outlaw Country" page who left comments asking for a petition below, here is the Bring Back Outlaw Country Petition

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

"Outlaw Country" Articles

Articles about or related to the "Outlaw Country" show and cast members:

'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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      Linda Robinson 

      5 weeks ago

      History is always interesting to watch , the more the better !!

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      Chuck 

      3 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 

      5 years ago

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

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      Kathryn Darden 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the comment!

    • KathrynDarden profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathryn Darden 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      6 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!!!!!!!!

    • KathrynDarden profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathryn Darden 

      6 years ago

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

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

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

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      anonymous 

      6 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!

    • KathrynDarden profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathryn Darden 

      6 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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      Kathryn Darden 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 years ago

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

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      anonymous 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 years ago

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

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      anonymous 

      6 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.

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