Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Nashville?

By Price Peterson

Oct 10, 2012

Dearest besties, we've already screened the pilot of Nashville, ABC's sudsy new drama about the happenings in and around Tennessee's glitziest city. So is it worth your time? Here's a quick FAQ to help you decide.

What is Nashville?

Nashville is a sprawling story centered on fading country superstar Rayna James (Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton), her stay-at-home husband Teddy (Now & Again's Eric Close), her industrial baron father Lamar Wyatt (Deadwood's Powers Boothe), and especially her new rival on the country scene, Juliette Barnes (Heroes' Hayden Panettiere). When Rayna's record label informs her that they won't support her new album unless she agrees to be the opening act for Juliette, it creates the type of tension you might expect from two seasoned divas who dislike each other. Meanwhile Nashville's storytelling tapestry also includes subplots involving Teddy's mayoral aspirations and up-and-coming songbird Scarlett O'Connor (Home and Away's Clare Bowen), whose collaboration with her dreamy accompanist Gunnar Scott (Episodes' Sam Palladio) could be the next big hit.

When does it premiere?

Nashville debuts Wednesday, October 10 at 10pm on ABC.

Who's behind it?

Screenwriter Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) brings her Oscar-winning, female-centric perspective to the project while executive producer R.J. Cutler (The War Room, The September Issue, American High) brings a documentarian's sense of nuance to the proceedings.

Who's the target audience?

One might be tempted to look at the big-haired leads and suggest this is a show for women, but the fact is, Nashville is as much for women as Friday Night Lights was for men. Not really!

What's good about it?

Britton and Panettiere are genuinely fantastic and Khouri's script is immersive and compelling. Plus there are so many things going on that it's hard to be bored for any stretch of time. As for the music (all original compositions), country fans might enjoy how good the songs are while non-fans will appreciate that the songs are pretty short.

Are there any not-good parts I should know about?

If you are absolutely allergic to Southern flair, you may not love Nashville. And admittedly the political subplot is nowhere near as fun as the rivalry between two divas. But what in life is?

Okay, but seriously, should I watch it?

Yes. Even if Nashville is not your particular flavor of TV, you won't feel as though you've wasted your time.

Do you have a clip or a trailer I can take a look at?

Would the entire pilot suffice?

Drink of choice for my Nashville viewing experience?

Whisky, wine coolers, or both at the same time.

Nashville debuts Wednesday, October 10 at 10pm on ABC.

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  • Cuddlyasatiger Oct 11, 2012

    The wash-up, the slut, the gullible, the tyrant, the naive, the honest, the hoodwinked all have heavy southern drawls and live in huge houses - They swirled together Faulkner and prime-time drama and spread it across Music Row.

    The nicest thing I can say is that I'm not demanding an apology to my city yet...

  • txgirl75 Oct 11, 2012

    I'm looking forward to the show can't wait.

  • dref22 Oct 11, 2012

    I only watched the promo and Hayden Panettiere's character looks too slutty. UGH. Can't she be in things where she'd look cute as usual?

  • ben45tpy Oct 11, 2012

    I'm so excited about this show - and I usually hate country music. As an aside I'm stoked as an Australian that Price mentioned Home and Away like it was a show that everyone knows about, even though it's an annoying soap opera that I haven't watched any of for many, many years. It's certainly a step up from just saying 'Australian Clare Bowen' YAY.

  • lsbloom Oct 11, 2012

    Too much cat fighting craziness and devious underhanded people. I like musicals, but I don't like any of the characters. Maybe I'll check out episode 2, but probably not.

  • tottman Oct 11, 2012

    The show might do ok, but it seems to me more like this year's Lone Star. Critics darling with a premise so boring I can't imagine ever watching it.

  • Bookgirl13 Oct 11, 2012

    I can't wait to watch this-the critical buzz for months has been that this was one of the top 3 new shows worth watching, and I love Connie Britton so it's a win-win.

  • JT_Kirk Oct 11, 2012

    Aw man, this one was on my dead pool list - looked too trashy and too expensive to keep around with as little buzz as ABC was generating for it - but now you're saying it's not terrible. I'm still not watching tho.

  • meee223 Oct 11, 2012

    Canadians can't see the pilot in advance, but I was lucky enough to see it back in June and everyone in that room absolutely loved it! I can't wait for more episodes!!

  • AllieAllie Oct 11, 2012

    Maybe its just because I read the early pilot previews, but I keep feeling like this has already been posted weeks ago XD

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