The previews for ABC’s new country/soap/prime-time drama Nashville never got my DVR excited. The show seemed simply targeted to either southern teenage girls or die-hard country fans. Despite your preconceived notions you may have of me, I am neither. But after watching the full pilot online, I am hooked on the show and I may or may not be Google imaging Hayden Panettiere this very second.
Created and written by the all-mighty Callie Khouri (screenwriter of Thelma & Louise), Nashville introduces a multitude of dramatic plots in its premiere, including Shakespeare–esque unrequited love, questionable paternity, and family struggles. Before you know it, the hour time slot is up and you’re frantically looking through genealogy records to find southern traces in your ancestry…BECAUSE THE SHOW WAS SO DAMN CHEESE GRITS-Y GOOD.
Hot off FX’s “American Horror Story,” Connie Britton portrays the country music legend Rayna James (think along the lines of a Reba McEntire-type) who is struggling to remain significant in the music industry currently run by those Taylor Swift-types.
Hayden Panettiere, who convinced us all she needed to be saved on NBC’s hit “Heroes”, portrays Juliette Barnes (this lame name makes me want to gag), the new face of country music. Panettiere owns this portrayal of a Taylor Swift-like star who’s not afraid to let Rayna know her time has come and gone. The dynamics between these two is television (catty) gold!
The pilot plays out surprisingly digestible for the audience despite all the drama, introductions of characters, and subplots.
And for reference, here’s the trailer for Nashville I ignorantly judged: