Nashville Preview: A Look At ABC's Country Music Themed Drama Starring Connie Britton

By Kelly West 2012-05-15 16:02:06 discussion comments
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Hot off her excellent starring role in FX's drama series American Horror Story, Connie Britton is headed back to network television in a starring role. Set to follow ABC's Wednesday night comedy block is Nashville, a drama that has Britton starring alongside Hayden Panettiere as two country singers, one of whom is just past the peak of her career while the other is on the rise.

As a fan of Britton from Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story, it's great to see her landing another lead so soon after her AHS departure. Nashville has her playing a "country legend" Rayna James, while Panettiere plays the determined young star on the rise. This one has the potential to mash music and drama together nicely, and the country twist is what'll set it apart from Fox's Glee and NBC's Smash in that respect.


Chart-topping Rayna James (Connie Britton) is a country legend who's had a career any singer would envy, though lately her popularity is starting to wane. Fans still line up to get her autograph, but she's not packing the arenas like she used to. Rayna's record label thinks a concert tour, opening for up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the young and sexy future of country music, is just what Rayna needs. But scheming Juliette can't wait to steal Rayna's spotlight. Sharing a stage with that disrespectful, untalented, little vixen is the last thing Rayna wants to do, which sets up a power struggle for popularity. Could the undiscovered songwriting talent of Scarlett O'Connor (Clare Bowen) be the key to helping Rayna resurrect her career?

Complicating matters, Rayna's wealthy but estranged father, Lamar Hampton (Powers Boothe), is a powerful force in business, Tennessee politics, and the lives of his two grown daughters. His drive for power results in a scheme to back Rayna's handsome husband, Teddy, in a run for Mayor of Nashville, against Rayna's wishes.




Country music and a potential rivalry between an older star and a younger one appear to be just a fraction of what Nashville has to offer. The trailer looks good and this could be just the right series to settle down with after two hours of comedies on Wednesday night. What do you think?

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