Connie Britton was the woman of the hour at today's PaleyFest event in honor of Nashville. We talked to the actress on the red carpet about her strong opinion on her character's love life and whether or not singing on the series has inspired her to take her vocal talents to Broadway.
This calls for a celebration! ABC has given freshman series Nashville a full-season order. The soapy primetime show starring Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton as two sparring country divas has been one of the most well-reviewed new series of 2012, earning praise in particular for its slate of original music. The renewal should come as no surprise to TV fans, as it has been very successful with viewers in its Wednesday night time slot, even beating out veteran ratings winner CSI, which airs at the same time. Have you been watching Nashville? Are you excited to see more of Rayna and Juliette?
In ABC's new drama Nashville, Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere play a pair of country singers who don't exactly get along right away; Juliette (Panettiere) is a sassy ingenue who's ready to challenge Rayna (Britton) as the reigning queen of country music. That said, the actresses promise their characters aren't exactly rivals — in fact, they might just become friends. See what the ladies had to say at a recent press day for the show, including who inspires them in the country music world. Nashville premieres tonight on ABC.
Musical TV series are all the rage right now, so it's no surprise that ABC is getting in on the action with new series Nashville. The drama stars TV veterans Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as a pair of singers that butt heads when their record label tries to bring them together, while also giving us a peek at what happens behind the scenes of the country music industry. Read up before the show premieres on Thursday.
- What it's about: Set in the country music capital, Nashville follows a handful of musicians (and their connections) as they struggle to make it (or just stay afloat) in the industry. Britton leads the pack as Rayna James, an aging superstar who's losing fans to younger, sexier singers like bratty Juliette Barnes (Panettiere). As Rayna struggles to keep her family and career intact, Juliette's wrestling with her own demons and family issues, and we learn that she's really just a kid beneath her sassy exterior.
- Where it works: If you're a fan of American Horror Story or Friday Night Lights, you know what a joy it is to see Britton in action. She's a perfect fit for Rayna, whom you root for but never pity, even when her manager tries to force her to tour with Juliette to sell records. To that point, Panettiere is well cast as Rayna's biggest threat, and the tension between the two is fun to watch. The music is also woven in pretty seamlessly, which is a refreshing change from shows like Glee and Smash.
- Where it doesn't: We're introduced to a lot of characters in the pilot (which isn't a bad thing), but a lot of the guys look the same, and as silly as it sounds, it made it difficult to keep all the story lines straight. There's also a political story line involving Rayna's father and husband, which felt like an unnecessary (and frankly, boring) subplot.
- When it's on: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC
- You might like this show if: You thought Country Strong would work better as a TV show than a movie.
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Perfecting a Tennessee twang could be a challenge for any actor, but British actor Sam Palladio and his Australian costar Clare Bowen tell us they were more than up for the task when they signed on for ABC's new musical drama Nashville. The series features original songs by music heavyweights including T-Bone Burnett and gives both Sam and Clare the chance to spotlight their singing talents in their roles as young, aspiring musicians. When we caught up with the pair at a recent press day, we asked them to give us a hint at what their characters' romantic lives hold in store this season and what it's like to be part of the show's stellar cast. Check out our interview and catch Nashville when it premieres on Oct. 10 on ABC.
American Horror Story: Asylum's Connie Britton is up for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie at the 2012 Emmys, though she took time on the red carpet to fill us in on her upcoming drama, Nashville. Hear her talk about the incredible original music that will be featured in the show and how she has a hand in creating the "special" arrangements of the songs.
As Fall gets closer, so do the premiere dates for all the networks' brand-new shows. If you're wondering what new series are worth watching, BuzzSugar editors Becky Kirsch and Shannon Vestal have done the legwork for you and are telling you which five shows they're most excited about and why in this episode of The Buzz.
The Television Critics Association's Summer press tour is starting to wind down, but we still have more scoop for you on what's coming to TV this Fall! In today's episode of The Buzz, Becky Kirsch and Shannon Vestal are taking a closer look at what's ahead on ABC, including new supernatural show 666 Park Avenue and Nashville, the series that goes behind the scenes of country music — some are speculating that one of the characters may even be based on Taylor Swift! We have that, plus more info on this year's Emmys show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Will his longtime rival Matt Damon make a cameo? Watch to hear what he says.
Following the success of musical shows like Glee and Smash, ABC is honing in on the country music scene with new series Nashville. Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere headline the drama as a pair of competing country singers, and the actresses came out to the TCA to talk about the show, along with the rest of the huge cast and producers. Britton and Panettiere talked about their singing voices, getting catty on the small screen, and whether or not their characters are based on real country stars. Here are highlights:
- There's been speculation that Britton's character, Rayna, is based on Reba McEntire, while Panettiere's Juliette is modeled after Taylor Swift, but the actresses were quick to deny those rumors. Britton mentioned that her character is more of an amalgam of many different people, while Panettiere said that the only thing Juliette and Taylor have in common is their age and hair color. She added, "I really think Taylor would disagree wholeheartedly with that [the comparisons], too. She's much nicer than my character."
- Country music is obviously at the forefront of Nashville, but you don't need to be a huge fan of the genre to enjoy the show. The producers mentioned that there will be different types of music featured on the show, including pop and gospel. They added that there will be original music as well as familiar tunes (Elvis Costello was specifically mentioned), but don't expect to see too many cameos from big names in the country industry.
- The producers talked about audiences being "hungry for really great music," but also pointed out that Nashville isn't solely focused on the music industry; there's drama, there's family, there's politics, and the showrunners are hoping the series will be a "thrill ride" that's "really, really exciting to watch."
- Panettiere has put out an album before, so she was particularly excited to show off her pipes on the show, especially since she vowed never to return to music unless she was doing country. On the other hand, Britton was self-deprecating about her own voice, saying, "I've sung my whole life, but not really that professionally. Not professionally at all." She also joked that training her voice has been a "journey," while praising the vocal talent of the rest of the cast and calling Panettiere a "legitimately great singer."
To see more from the panel, including Britton's thoughts on Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story, just read more
Another day at the upfronts means there's another crop of new shows to check out and judge. Today, ABC took its turn to present its new shows, and the slate of comedies and dramas features a lot of familiar faces. See which veterans of shows like Lost and Desperate Housewives will be showing up come Fall, and get a peek at all of their new projects.
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