Watch the First Episode of Nashville Online Now (VIDEO)

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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I'll check it out!
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Oh boy!, i dead-pooled this one just after reading the synopsis....... Yeah, Tv.com liked it, and i actually like Connir Britton..but
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I thought that the Pilot was pretty good and I happen to be a fan of country music.
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I'd just like to point out, there's no mayor of Nashville. There's a mayor of Davidson County.
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Wow, I liked that better than I thought I would. It is a not uninteresting story and the acting is very well done. However the two glaring points that I would have to struggle with as a viewer is the the music. Christian music and Country music are really the only two styles that I absolutely can not stand. i just can't. At all. The second is it is all kind of trite and seems like it has been done before. Maybe it is too soap opera like. You could take the Hayden's character and Bonnie's and replace country music with virtually anything, lawyers, doctors, cops, etc and it would be the same kind of show. And then the drama that is all around them would still ensue. After the pilot you could predict exactly where the story is going to go. And the average TV viewer would probably be pretty right on. So with that hose two points it would be difficult for me to watch and though I enjoyed the pilot I just don't think I could enjoy the season.
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I wouldn't give up just because I think I know where the story is going. Besides, it's not the story, it's the execution, and based on the pilot the execution looks on point.
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You have a point. It might be a rainy day there is nothing else on viewing. But I might continue watching. I forgot to add above that despite its faults, I didn't turn it off and I found both characters well portrayed and compelling. I suppose I could hit mute when the songs come up. And I have to say I would like to see the second episode.
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I watched it .......... I'll pass
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Well....I'm in love. I cannot wait for this series to get started!
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Nashville is great, there's a nice blend of drama and the music world. The acting is a great and I'm already looking forward to the next episode. What a fun, addictive show Besides, you have to admit that even if you hate Hayden, she's great in her role and she's a lot of fun.
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"Jack Coleman came close to playing in Nashville, one of the big events of ABC's fall lineup. He auditioned for the husband of Connie Britto, a role that ended up going to Eric Close, first because the producers preferred to bet on someone younger and secondly because Hayden Panettiere had been cast in one of the main roles and they preferred to avoid any confusion that could have arisen from Heroes, where they played father and daughter."

BUMMER
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I saw it and really liked the show too. There's a lot of different dynamics going on which is interesting. Soapy goodness and a solid cast. I also didn't mind the music too much even though I'm not a country fan.



The one thing that seemed kind of weird to me was that the guy Juliette sleeps with (Randy) was one of the football players on "Remember The Titans." I remember HP was like 9 on the movie. Weird coincidence that felt vaguely creepy.
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heh heh, cleavage...



and while i was suprised by hayden's acting ability when they weren't pushing her limits on heroes and both she and connie are hotties ....no way would i have an interest in this.



i don't think anyway. i haven't actually watched the trailer. are they actually singing? or is it glee style where they spend months auto tuning it so they can lip synch to it on the show? or is it jason lee in memphis beat where it's not him at all and that makes you cringe?



i guess i'll try the trailer to find out.
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Well I've found my Wednesdays @ 10 show!
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How was it??? I do not live in the USA.
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