Rayna also has a number of men in her life who affect her in varying ways, including her wealthy and controlling father Lamar Wyatt (Powers Boothe), her husband Teddy (Eric Close), who's looking to pursue a political career and seems well aware that he was Rayna's "second choice," and Deacon Clayborne (Charles Easten), Rayna's ex-love and sometimes-songwriter.

There are also some wildcards in the series, like Scarlett O'Connor (Clare Bowen), a family-friend of Rayna's who proves to have a natural gift for singing and writing, and Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson), a young aspiring musician. There's a lot of potential in their stories too.

And that's really what it all comes down to with Nashville. I wouldn't consider myself a huge country music fan, so my interest in this series comes less from the music - which comes in the form of performances, practices and recording sessions (no one's bursting into song in this series - it's not that kind of musical) - as it does from the stories we're going to see play out as we get to know these characters.

It seems fitting that Nashville should fill the spot vacated by Revenge on Wednesday nights, as this is the kind of show that could really heat up. The music is at the heart of the show, but the drama is its driving force. There are a lot of characters, and it may take a little while to get to know everyone's names, but with Britton's Rayna and Panettiere's Juliette at the center, Nashville is already primed to be a winner. The pilot is a little bit country and a lot of drama, which makes it well worth checking out.

Nashville premieres tonight (Wednesday, October 10) at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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