Watch the First Episode of Nashville Online Now (VIDEO)

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One of the more intriguing new dramas of the season is ABC's Nashville, a sweet blend of soap opera and country music that has a chance to be a breakout hit. We screened the pilot and liked it, and now ABC has posted it online to build buzz in advance of the series' October 10 premiere.

Nashville is about an aging country-music superstar (played by the wonderful Connie Britton) and an up-and-coming starlet (Hayden Panettiere in her first big role since Heroes) who's threatening to become their shared record label's new darling. You don't have to be a fan of country music to enjoy the pilot (I love me some old-time tunes from The Carter Family, but I can't stand new country, and I wasn't bothered), as country music is just an avenue to tell what looks like a pretty good story.

Nashville's pilot is now on Hulu for free, so it should be viewable by residents of the United States. Take a look, and share your opinions in the comments section below.


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