FX has a pretty solid slate of good television. Justified, Louie, Sons of Anarchy, Archer, Wilfred, and American Horror Story are some of its best (we're ignoring the fact that Anger Management exists). But some of the network's shows just don't make the cut. Take, for instance, the pilot Outlaw Country, which was greenlit two years ago. Like the superhero pilot Powers, which was commissioned at about the same time, FX decided not to continue past Outlaw Country's pilot, effectively leaving it dead in the water.
But instead of just letting it molder away, unseen, FX is planning to air Outlaw Country's pilot as a TV movie this Friday.
Outlaw Country sounds quite a bit like Justified, which might be one of the reasons it didn't make the cut. The pilot was a Southern-twanged family drama set in Nashville, Tennessee, and dealt with organized crime in the music capital (in other words, it's a very different beast from ABC's new Hayden Panettiere series). It starred Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett, Mary Steenburgen, and -- here's the selling point -- Academy Award-nominated actor John Hawkes (pictured).
The pilot apparently is an hour-and-a-half long, meaning that it's perfect to air as its own standalone film, despite not being planned as such. The pilot will air this Friday at 10/9c, right after FX airs a showing of the Best Picture winning Martin Scorsese flick The Departed.
If you're interested in seeing what might have been, you can check out Outlaw Country when it airs. Personally, I'll prefer to keep my FX southern crime series queue pared down to just the excellent Justified, thank you.