TV Review: Nashville

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Paul Kalis
Reviews Editor

Chart-topping Rayna James (Connie Britton) is a country legend who’s had a career any singer would envy, 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. 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.

ABC is going country with the drama Nashville and comedy Malibu Country starring Reba McEntire. Both new shows focus on two older darlings and their struggle to make it in the business. You have a choice in the country genre. If you have a hankering to experience some southern music, tune in to Nashville. The actors and actresses will be recording their own songs so viewers can get a taste of the country music capital of the world. You don’t have to love country music to go head over guitar with Nashville. The songs are plentiful along with tons of blackmailing and trickery as Rayna and Juliette compete to the top while trying to forget their demons from the past. “Nashville” was written by Callie Khouri (“Thelma & Louise”) who’s an executive producer.

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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