FX has picked up to pilot the Nashville-set drama Outlaw Country. Additionally, the cable network is working on several comedy scripts, including an adaptation of the award-winning Australian series Wilfred, which former Family Guy executive producer David Zuckerman is adapting, and is planning to pick up a couple of more comedy pilots soon. FX recently filmed the half-hour pilot Sweat Shop, which is awaiting decision on a possible series order.
As for Outlaw Country, the project is described as a crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty “where music and love, hope and tragedy collide.” Husband-and-wife duo of Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz wrote the script, with Sons of Anarchy exec producers Art Linson and John Linson executive producing for FX Prods. Shooter Jennings, son of the late country star Waylon Jennings, is attached as executive consultant and music supervisor.
With its setting, Outlaw Country is reminiscent of Epix’s drama pilot Tough Trade, also a family drama set against Nashville’s music scene that has recent Oscar winning country musician T-Bone Burnett attached as executive producer and executive musical producer. The pilot has been completed and is in consideration for a series pickup. Production on Outlaw Country is slated to begin in the fall.
The last time when an FX drama pilot shared a theme with another cable pilot was when Sons of Anarchy went against HBO’s 1%, both centered around motorcycle clubs. Sons of Anarchy, of course, went on to become a hit for FX.
In the most recent go-around, FX picked up all six of its pilots, dramas Justified, Terriers and Lights Out and comedies The League, Archer and Louie, to series. The League and Archer have already been renewed for Season 2, with Justified expected to follow suit soon.