Dayna had a conflict so I am stepping in for the pilot episode of Nashville.
Let me just quickly say, I know nothing about this show, country music, music in general or Nashville. This show was on my radar because of the 5 star buzz it was getting and Connie Britton.
In the pilot, the story centers around Rayna, the older, wiser established country diva and Juliette, the young, auto tuned to hell superstar new chick on the block. Think Faith Hill and Taylor Swift if they hated each other and had cameras following them everywhere. Oh, um…
They are both on the same label and since Rayna’s new album and tour are not selling well and they want her to “co-headline” a tour with Juliette. Really they mean open for her. Neither are on board with this.
For me there are three main story pods:
Rayna is married to Teddy (Eric Close) who lost his shirt in the market and is bored and wants something to do. Rayna’s dad, Lamar (Powers Boothe) wants Teddy to run for mayor of Nashville so he can control the mayor and get a ballpark built.
Julliette is just a bitch with a crack head (no really) for a mom who is always calling and asking for money. She is a manufactured star who is loved by the youngsters, including Rayna’s two daughters. She also seems to always be horny and fucks everyone including Rayna’s lead guitar player/producer Deacon.
Scarlett who is a waitress and is Deacon’s niece. She writes poems and works at the Bluebird Cafe. Her boyfriend is Avery (Jonathan Jackson with a damn soul patch). She meets Gunnar who thinks her poems should be songs. Their first collaboration:
There are all kinds of delicious shenanigans on this show. I was actually surprised how much I liked it. I don’t like country music but this show is not about county music. It’s about the music business and the drama that goes on behind the scenes. It’s full of pretty people and good music and the dialog is really good. I am on board for the entire tour.
Here’s the promo for next week:
Let us know if you are watching and what you think. Are you going to add another night time soap to the DVR? Did you download the soundtrack from iTunes? How much do you hate Hayden Panettiere?