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NBC Buys Legal Drama From ‘Outlaw Country’ Scribes, Producer Michael London

Nellie Andreeva

With their Nashville pilot Outlaw Country heating up for a series pickup at FX, Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz have sold a second drama project to NBC. The legal drama, titled Major Crimes, hails from Sony Pictures TV and producer Michael London (Milk), who is executive producing through his Groundswell Prods. Described as “ER in the LA prosecutor’s office,” Major Crimes is set in the world of young ADAs in a Los Angeles downtown court building. Moving at a bullet pace, the show focuses on an ensemble cast of massively overworked ADAs falling in love, battling their own demons and ambitions, while seeking out justice on the run. Goldin and Abramowitz are co-writing/executive producing the project, which came out of the extensive research the two did in the court offices in downtown LA. Major Crimes joins two other recently announced Groundswell series projects: A Visit From The Goon Squad at HBO and Magicians at Fox through 20th TV. Abramowitz and Goldin, who previously ventured into the legal genre with the Lifetime movie  One Angry Juror, are with CAA & Media Talent; London is with CAA.

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FX’s ‘Outlaw Country’ Finds Stars, Director

Nellie Andreeva

haley-bennett-picture-2LukeGrimes1EXCLUSIVE: Luke Grimes and Haley Bennett have landed the younger leads on the FX drama pilot Outlaw Country, joining previously cast Mary Steenburgen. Additionally, Michael Dinner has come on board to direct the pilot, a crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty. Grimes (Brothers & Sistsers) will play twentysomething Eli Larkin, a half-cowboy, half-modern guy who tries to get out of the crime ridden life he has grown accustom to in order to help his siblings, however he finds out that it is much harder than he expected.  Bennett (Marley & Me) will play twentysomething Annabel Lee, a gorgeous country singer who is living in the shadow of her overprotective mother (Steenburgen).
michaeldinner1Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz wrote the Fox TV Studios/FX Prods.-produced Outlaw Country and are executive producing/co-showrunning with David Manson. Art Linson and John Linson also executive produce. Shooter Jennings serves as executive consultant and music supervisor. CAA-repped Dinner, who recently inked a new overall deal with Sony TV, also directed the pilot for the FX’s Justified and serves as an executive producer on the Sony-produced series. Additionally, he co-directed with Allen Coulter the pilot for another FX series, Sons of Anarchy. Grimes is with IFA and Global Creative.

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David Manson To Co-Run ‘Outlaw Country’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: David Manson has joined FX’s drama pilot Outlaw Country as an executive producer/co-showrunner. Additionally, Manson has inked a blind pilot deal with Fox TV Studios, which recently came on board to co-produce Outlaw Country with FX Prods. Manson also has another script set up at FtvS entitled Netherworld, which was originally developed at FX and is now being shopped to other networks. It is a spooky medical show with a supernatural slant set at a mental hospital. Outlaw Country is a crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty. Manson will co-run the project with Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz who wrote the pilot. Sons of Anarchy exec producers Art Linson and John Linson are also executive producing, with Shooter Jennings serving as executive consultant and music supervisor. Mary Steenburgen just became the first actor cast in the pilot.

Manson previously worked with FX and FtvS on the series Thief, on which he served as an executive producer. The drama was produced by FtvS’s former unit (a co-venture with New Regency) Regency TV, which also produced another drama series executive produced by Manson, Fox’s New Amsterdam. Additionally, Manson created/exec produced the TNT series Saved.

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