Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Nashville?

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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.