by Jim Ridley
Remember Outlaw Country, the FX pilot that shot here in 2010, then went through reshoots last year only for the network to ultimately pass? You'll get a chance to see it 9 p.m. CST Friday on FX, after a repeat screening of (irony alert) The Departed.
In some ways, it's a good fit. Outlaw Country was a combination family saga-crime drama, albeit with a country music backdrop. And the project certainly sported promising credentials, with a cast led by Mary Steenburgen and Winter's Bone scene-stealer John Hawkes and direction by Justified's Michael Dinner (with reported reshoots overseen by actor-turned-director Adam Arkin). Yet FX declined to pick it up for a series. Deadline Hollywood has more about the intrigue:
More than two years after FX greenlighted Outlaw Country to pilot and almost a year after the network passed on the Nashville-set drama, the pilot is making it to air. Outlaw Country will air as an FX Original Movie this Friday at 10 PM, following a rebroadcast of Oscar-winning mob drama The Departed. There has been no promotion for the broadcast, which is considered a burnoff. The version that will air is the final pilot that was delivered to FX after it ordered script rewrite and reshoots last summer. I hear the pilot came in long, at about hour an a half, making it suitable to air as a movie. This is a rare public broadcast of a busted pilot not developed as a backdoor movie as they normally never see the light of day.
If you worked on it, as many local cast and crew did — a quick scan of the credits turns up actors Jim O'Rear, Reegus Flenory, Jason Allen and Jessejames Locorriere, assistant camera Tracy Facelli, music supervisor Shooter Jennings, sound mixer Glen Trew and set PA Eric Williams — you might want to set up a viewing party for tomorrow night. And for our next question: Whatever happened to Tough Trade ... ?