As soon as the cast and plot of the new series “Nashville” were officially announced, I knew I would be adding the show to my DVR to-do list. Connie Britton has been one of my favorite actresses since her days on “Friday Night Lights,” and Hayden Panettiere was always my favorite in “Heroes.” I am also a little bit of a sucker for country music, so naturally I was intrigued. I am pleased to say that after watching the premiere, I was not disappointed.
I was expecting the show to mimic “Country Strong” due to the focus on country music and the big rivalry between two female country stars, but “Nashville” seems like it will be more scandalous. Aside from the main rivalry between experienced singer Rayna Jaymes (Britton) and the young newcomer, Juliette Barnes (Panettiere), quite a few compelling side stories are sure to liven things up this first season.
The story starts out at the Grand Ole Opery where both Jaymes and Barnes are performing, and they end up meeting for the first time. Since Jaymes is getting older and her CDs aren’t selling like they used to, her label gives her an ultimatum: go on tour and open for Barnes, or get dropped from the label. Upon witnessing Barnes’ snide remarks and rude demeanor upon meeting each other, Jaymes chooses the latter option. After a few other twists and turns in the first episode, it will be interesting to see what Jaymes’ plans to do after being dropped from the only label she’s ever been with.
“Nashville” has filmed six episodes so far with the hopes of getting picked up for an entire season. The show shouldn’t have anything to worry about from the looks of the first episode, especially with characters like Juliette Barnes, who is sure to cause enough drama to keep viewers interested.
If you like country music and want more scandal in your life, you should definitely tune in to “Nashville” on ABC next Wednesday at 9 p.m.