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FX enters ‘Outlaw Country’

Cable network developing Southern thriller/family drama

FX has given a pilot order to “Outlaw Country,” a thriller and family drama set against the backdrop of Southern organized crime.

Script is from Josh Goldin and Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Rachel Abramowitz. Goldin recently wrote and directed bigscreen pic “Wonderful World,” starring Matthew Broderick.

Art Linson and John Linson (“Sons of Anarchy”) will exec produce. Shooter Jennings — son of country music legend Waylon Jennings — will act as exec consultant and music supervisor.

Production begins in the fall and no cast has been set. Pilot is being produced FX Prods.

With “Outlaw Country,” FX is staying in the South. In “Justified,” Timothy Olyphant plays a U.S. marshal sent back home to Kentucky. The show is performing well in its 10 p.m. Tuesday timeslot.

Cabler has a handful of dramas ready bow. Sixth and penultimate season of “Rescue Me” launches June 29 while new skeins “Terriers” and “Lights Out” debut in the fall and early 2011, respectively. The third season of “Sons of Anarchy” is currently in production.

“Terriers” stars Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James as an ex-cop and his best friend who start a private detective business. The dramedy, produced by Fox 21, brings “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan back to the FX fold, who exec produces along with series creator Ted Griffin (“Ocean’s Eleven”). Craig Brewer (“Hustle and Flow”) helmed the pilot.

“Lights Out” examines a former heavyweight boxing champ who struggles to reconnect with his wife and three daughters after retiring from the ring. Series from Fox Television Studios and FX Prods. is exec produced by Warren Leight, who was showrunner of the previous season of HBO’s psychiatrist drama “In Treatment.” Skein was created by feature scribe Justin Zackham, who is an exec producer along with Phillip Noyce and Ross Fineman. Clark Johnson directed the pilot.

“Outlaw Country” will be FX’s 15th drama pilot shot, and 10 have received full 13-episode orders. Andre Braugher’s “Thief” received a six-episode order in 2006.

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