Originally Posted by Cal1981
I watched because, since Friday Night Lights aired, I've been madly in love with Connie Britton. She is a as good as it gets on TV these days. The fact that she can actually sing makes her even more formidable. The show itself was pretty soap operaish but I'll hang with it to see where they take it.
Originally Posted by BoilerJim
Yes, I never missed a single episode of Friday Night Lights and watched them all either "live" or DVR. When I saw Connie was starring in Nashville, that was good enough for me. It's also amazing how Hayden Panettiere has grown up since playing little Maddie on Ally McBeal and also the Cheerleader on Heros.
I wandered off from Friday Night LIghts after Season 1 (don't ask). Nevertheless, I became a committed Connie Britton fan on the strength of her performances as the coach's wife. The other day, I found a rave review for Britton in Nashville. The critic who wrote the review also liked the show so, on the strength of that, I setup a season pass.
I liked the pilot. Powers Booth has always been one of my favorites. When he plays a scenery eating heavy, as he has done in too many performances to count, nobody is better. This is exactly what he does in Nashville, as Rayna's overbearing, manipulative daddy. I also liked Hayden Panettiere as Rayna's up and coming country music rival, Juliette. Juliette's is a complex interesting character, at once as manipulative as Rayna's daddy but also achingly vulnerable.
Finally the young singer, Scarlett and her guitar playing, backup singing, boyfriend Gunnar, were GREAT with If I Didn't Know Better. Scarlett is played by Clare Bowen, an Aussie, and Gunnar is played by Sam Palladio, a Brit. Never mind, they sounded pure Nashville to the ears of an old southern boy like me. If I Didn't Know Better was a wonderful song wonderfully performed.
Nashville has a real chance, I think. I'll be around for the foreseeable future.