It's at this point in the fall, when most of the new series have premiered, that we're forced to look at our overflowing DVRs and figure out which shows to keep and which ones to let go. And then, of course, there are the shows we haven't gotten around to checking out yet. For those of you trying to play catch-up and need a little help deciding which new series are worth a look, we've come up with a list of the keepers this season.
These are the shows you should be watching! And in this wonderful age of streaming video, it's not too late to get caught up, either. In many cases, the previously aired episodes are available online, so we've included the links to get you to the episodes you've missed. Here they are (in no particular order).
Airs: Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
Episodes aired so far: 1
Get caught up: Episode 1 (also free on iTunes).
It should be said up front that an appreciation for and interest in country music is not a requirement for ABC's new drama series Nashville. I know this for a fact because mine is limited on both fronts and I still fell in love with the pilot for this series. While there is a heavy emphasis on the music industry and country music, at its heart, Nashville appears to be a drama about people trying to make it and trying to keep it.
The series premiere introduces us to Rayna James (Connie Britton), a 40-year-old country singer whose career is showing signs of faltering. Once a superstar, she's faced with some tough choices as the demand for her music is not what it once was. Meanwhile, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is an up-and-coming country singer who knows she's the hot new thing. Rayna and Juliette rub each other the wrong way from the start. Maybe Rayna's threatened and a little bit jealous of this younger female singer. Maybe somewhere deep down Juliette knows her talent doesn't measure up to Rayna's. Neither woman is perfect, though, which is part of what makes them interesting from a viewer's perspective.
There are other things introduced in the pilot, including numerous romantic entanglements, and family complications for both Rayna and Juliette. There's also an interesting budding story involving a songwriter named Scarlett who may have more talent than she realizes. There's music and plenty of drama in the first episode. Only one episode has aired, so we'll have to wait and see if the series lives up to its pilot, but from the start, Nashville's on track to be a hit. -Kelly West
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