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Nashville TV Show Review

Pilot Scoop: Nashville

Musical TV series are all the rage right now, so it's no surprise that ABC is getting in on the action with new series Nashville. The drama stars TV veterans Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as a pair of singers that butt heads when their record label tries to bring them together, while also giving us a peek at what happens behind the scenes of the country music industry. Read up before the show premieres on Thursday.

  • What it's about: Set in the country music capital, Nashville follows a handful of musicians (and their connections) as they struggle to make it (or just stay afloat) in the industry. Britton leads the pack as Rayna James, an aging superstar who's losing fans to younger, sexier singers like bratty Juliette Barnes (Panettiere). As Rayna struggles to keep her family and career intact, Juliette's wrestling with her own demons and family issues, and we learn that she's really just a kid beneath her sassy exterior.
  • Where it works: If you're a fan of American Horror Story or Friday Night Lights, you know what a joy it is to see Britton in action. She's a perfect fit for Rayna, whom you root for but never pity, even when her manager tries to force her to tour with Juliette to sell records. To that point, Panettiere is well cast as Rayna's biggest threat, and the tension between the two is fun to watch. The music is also woven in pretty seamlessly, which is a refreshing change from shows like Glee and Smash.
  • Where it doesn't: We're introduced to a lot of characters in the pilot (which isn't a bad thing), but a lot of the guys look the same, and as silly as it sounds, it made it difficult to keep all the story lines straight. There's also a political story line involving Rayna's father and husband, which felt like an unnecessary (and frankly, boring) subplot.
  • When it's on: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC
  • You might like this show if: You thought Country Strong would work better as a TV show than a movie.

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Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio on Nashville.
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Connie Britton on Nashville.
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Charles Esten on Nashville.
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Powers Boothe, L. Warren Young, and John Michael Weatherly on Nashville.
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Hayden Panettiere and Charles Esten on Nashville.
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Connie Britton on Nashville.
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Robert Wisdom on Nashville.
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Connie Britton on Nashville.
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Bob Wisdom and J. Karen Thomas on Nashville.
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Charles Esten, Jason Carter, Ronnie McCoury, Del McCoury, and Rob McCoury on Nashville.
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Sam Palladio on Nashville.
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Charles Esten on Nashville.
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Hayden Panettiere on Nashville.
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Jonathan Jackson on Nashville.
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Connie Britton on Nashville.
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Robert Wisdom on Nashville.
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Clare Bowen on Nashville.
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Eric Close on Nashville.
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Powers Boothe on Nashville.
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reneecarney reneecarney 2 years
I love this show but when is rayna going to realize that Deacon is her soulmate and they need to be together, Please don't draw this out because it will get old fast and this is a good show with good music!
dewnny dewnny 3 years
I really really enjoy Nashville, just hope it's not taken off like so many other weekly shows have been. Keep it up !!!!!!!!
Jim3379054 Jim3379054 3 years
a horrible show... should be off the air within a very short time.   The music is good.   The characters, plot and acting is a parody.  What is wrong with any semblance to reality.   There are only stereotypes.  I don't believe a single character on the show.  The writers and producers seem to not to live in Nashville or know anything about Nashville except for something there have concocted in a dream.
Bonnie3374263 Bonnie3374263 3 years
It reminds me a lot of "Country Strong"  and I also am having a hard time telling the actors apart.  All the females are blonde.  I'm finding much of it implausible.  For example, we have a waitress in a night club who has never sang or written a song, getting up on stage and singing with somebody she barely knows, having a producer sitting there and getting a demo deal from a major producer.   Seriously?
SungJin3369109 SungJin3369109 3 years
Cant watch this show without thinking this Country Singer was once an Indestructible Cheerleader :)
bethbeyes bethbeyes 3 years
Did you know that this was actually pitched to ABC in 2008 and that they just helped themselves to stealing the idea. What a shock? The actual person worked in Nashville for years as a video director. Makes sense that this person would create the idea for a show based in Nashville.  Years were put into this project, and just like that ABC took it for its own. So if you're loving it, you're loving it for the real creator, Jim Hershleder.
Tupelo3345352 Tupelo3345352 3 years
That show sucked. Boring! Boring! Boring! TERRIBLE acting... TERRIBLE writing! No chemistry between Britton & her actor husband; Hayden P's character would fit better as a porn star rather than an up & coming artist. Ugh! Wow ~ really really disappointed in the premiere. WAY overhyped! I'll be glad to see it go... and I'd bet money it will.
seanh seanh 3 years
"Read up before the show premieres on Thursday."     "When it's on: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC"   Ummmm.?????
Mizter3337757 Mizter3337757 3 years
Dont wanna be a party pooper but this shows story line is not original..there was an old filipino movie and tv drama called "Bituing walang ningning" and if you read the synopsis o that you will see the similarities..other than them being country singers the rest are the same..
Wade-Wilson Wade-Wilson 3 years
I’m excited for this show. I’ve been a fan of American Horror Story, so I’m looking forward to seeing Britton; I’m also looking forward to a new show with musical scenes. A friend that works with me at DISH thinks that it will be a big success. I’ll be watching every episode on my Hopper during my sweatpants and DVR days. This fall TV lineup has added so many new shows to my watch list; I’m just glad that I have a DVR with plenty of memory. Cheers to a new show becoming a great show.
ktc71 ktc71 3 years
I'll be checking this out simply because I adore Connie Britton.  :)
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