The new show, Nashville, presents the rivalry between Queen of Country Music Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and the hot chart-topping crossover singer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). While they don't respect each other, they are more alike then they realize. The show premieres on ABC next week, but you can watch it early online now.
Neither Rayna or Juliette lead a stress-free family life. Rayna is estranged from her father (Powers Boothe) and to a lesser degree her sister (Judith Hoag). When they recruit her husband Teddy (Eric Close) to run for mayor, it causes additional strain on Rayna and Teddy's already fragile marriage.
Juliette's quick rise to fame has left her without a strong support system. Her mother is a junkie, who continually demands money from her daughter. Juliette uses sex to fill the void in her life.
In addition to her family problems, Rayna's career is fizzling out. Her record label threatens to pull their support for her most recent album if she doesn't agree to tour with Juliette. Rayna and her team need to come up with a last minute solution to increase her viability as a country artist.
Nashville has strong supporting characters, including Rayna's band leader and former lover Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), Deacon's niece Scarlett O'Connor (Clare Bowen), Scarlett's boyfriend Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson), aspiring country singer Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio), and mayoral candidate Coleman Carlisle (Robert Ray Wisdom).
In the pilot episode, the characters are already well-developed and their interactions show the drama to come. Most surprising was the quality of the music. I'm not a fan of country music, but all the songs were enjoyable. There were even a few that I'll buy if made available.
premieres on Wednesday, October 10th at 10 pm ET on ABC. If you can't wait that long to check it out, you can watch it online at ABC.com
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Check back next week for my review of the premiere right here at BuddyTV.com.
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