Fancast Exclusive: Maureen McCormick Blogs About `Outsider’s Inn’ & Giving Away Her Overalls

By Maureen McCormick
Special to Fancast


Tonight’s the first episode of “The Outsider’s Inn,” and I’m going to watch it at CMT’s premiere party in Hollywood. I spoke to Carnie Wilson yesterday, and she is saving me seats because she’s going to get there early. I will probably be a little late.

The network is combining it with a party for the premiere of the second season of “Gone Country,” which features Jermaine Jackson, Sebastian Bach, Sean Young, and others…Irene Cara was also on the show. But I heard that she walks out in this first show. Apparently she gets mad and says something like it’s not what she signed up for.

Oops, I don’t know if that’s out yet. Well, watch the show – both shows tonight at eight and nine pm.

Anyway, this first episode of my show sets up the whole series – how I decided to open a bed and breakfast in the Smokey Mountains and how Bobby Brown and Carnie got involved. We shot this in Cocke County, Tennessee, and when I first went down there, I remember feeling like I was in a dream state. I didn’t think it was really happening. It seemed too good to be true. It was so beautiful, and I liked everyone working on the show. I was so lucky to be in the situation.

And the bed and breakfast itself was way beyond what I thought it would be in terms of beauty. I remember all the cicada bugs that were out and mating. There was sex in the air. It was like being back on the set of the Brady Bunch. Ha – kidding!

But the Cicada really were all over and I’d never seen anything like it. I also remember seeing lightening bugs; they were all over, too. Beautiful.

Then Carnie arrived and started to cook, and I started to eat. She blew it for everybody. The most popular places to hang out were Ruby Tuesdays and Wall-Mart. That’s where all of us went to do stuff. We got right into it. And I was recognized all the time. Sometimes it was just a funny look people gave me. Other times it was “I know you! You’re Marcia Brady.”

Well, I haven’t been Marcia Brady for more than 30 years, but I guess I’m always going to be Marcia Brady. It was hilarious. One time I was in the market with Carnie and someone with no teeth came up and smiled. They were really country – and the nicest people.

I think this is the funniest show I’ve ever done. I’m proud of it.

Someone mentioned this is the second series I’ve done with a Bobby in it. That’s true. I spoke to the other Bobby — Mike Lookinland — about three weeks ago. He’s completely out of the business, and happily, I think. He was doing camera work in Utah, but the business there dried up and now he’s installing gorgeous, high end kitchen counters in homes, and he’s wonderfully happy. His kids are in high school, which blows me away.

Oh yeah, in yesterday’s blog post, I mentioned my overalls from the show. I bought them at Wal-Mart. I think they’re a size 36-30… I have to check. As you know, I offered to give them to someone who writes in. I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to choose who to give them away to and I think it’s just going to be simple. Tell me why you want them and I’ll pick my favorite.

As for my day today, I’m doing radio interviews. I am thinking of going to get a manicure and pedicure. I definitely should exercise. I’m finishing edits on my forthcoming memoir, “Here’s The Story” (editor’s note: in full disclosure, one of Fancast’s editors helped Maureen work on her book). Then I’m going to figure out what to wear to tonight’s party.

I’ll tell you about it next week. Have a good weekend. Enjoy my show tonight and enjoy watching more shows on

Go Michael Phelps!



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