PREVIEW: NASHVILLE - The Most Promising New Soap Of 2012
Posted by Roger Newcomb
A number of primetime soap operas have been picked up to series so far by the broadcast networks continuing The Year of the Soap in fine fashion. With the final network schedules revealed this week at the Upfronts, there is one show that stands out above them all: NASHVILLE. Below is a preview of this exciting new show.
Chart-topping Rayna James (Connie Britton) is a country legend who’s had a career any singer would envy, though lately her popularity is starting to wane. Fans still line up to get her autograph, but she’s not packing the arenas like she used to. Rayna’s record label thinks a concert tour, opening for up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the young and sexy future of country music, is just what Rayna needs. But scheming Juliette can’t wait to steal Rayna’s spotlight. Sharing a stage with that disrespectful, untalented, little vixen is the last thing Rayna wants to do, which sets up a power struggle for popularity. Could the undiscovered songwriting talent of Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen) be the key to helping Rayna resurrect her career?
Complicating matters, Rayna’s wealthy but estranged father, Lamar Hampton (Powers Boothe), is a powerful force in business, Tennessee politics, and the lives of his two grown daughters. His drive for power results in a scheme to back Rayna’s handsome husband, Teddy, in a run for Mayor of Nashville, against Rayna’s wishes.
ABC has released a trailer for the series which has been scheduled for Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET this fall. Watch it below:
NASHVILLE stars Connie Britton (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) as Rayna, Hayden Panettiere (GUIDING LIGHT) as Juliette, Powers Boothe (24) as Lamar, Charles Esten (BIG LOVE) as Deacon, Eric Close (SANTA BARBARA) as Teddy, Clare Bowen as Scarlett, Jonathan Jackson (GENERAL HOSPITAL) as Avery, Sam Palladio as Gunnar and Robert Wisdom as Coleman.
NASHVILLE was written by Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) who is an executive producer along with R.J. Cutler and Steve Buchanan. The pilot for NASHVILLE was directed by R.J. Cutler. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Gaylord Entertainment.