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It's a Shootout on the Small Screen…as Penelope Williamson's
Historical Romance THE OUTSIDER Comes to TV!

It's Showtime for Penelope Williamson; her 1996 novel THE OUTSIDER (winner of an RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Historical Novel of the Year) has been made into an original television movie for the popular cable channel. "My agent first optioned the book back in 1996 to Phoenix Pictures, and then every year thereafter they kept renewing the option," Penelope says. "It was nice to get that option check once a year, but in my heart of hearts I never really thought the movie would ever get made."

Penelope unexpectedly received a call in the spring of 2001 from producer Diane Sokolow saying the movie was finally greenlit as a project for Showtime, and would start filming in a month in Queensland, Australia. A long-planned horseback-riding vacation kept Penelope from visiting the set during filming, but having seen a preview tape of the film, which is set to air sometime in November (check your local listings for exact dates and times), she's more than satisfied.

"I am thrilled with how it turned out. While some of the secondary characters and subplots had to be cut to fit 400-plus pages of book into
a two-hour movie, they faithfully portrayed the core story of the
book as well as its spirit, especially the love story. It's beautifully photographed and acted, and I think it is going to do the genre proud. It really is a good old-fashioned historical romance."

Set in 1886 Montana, "The Outsider" stars Tim Daly as gunfighter Johnny Gault, who is nursed back to health after collapsing on the doorstep of devoutly religious prairie woman Rachel (played by Oscar nominee Naomi Watts). The film also stars brothers David and Keith Carradine and was directed by Randa Haines (director of "Children of a Lesser God").

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