When an Oscar-winning writer makes a show for network TV people take notice. That's exactly what happened on ABC15 Wednesday night when "Nashville" premiered at 9 p.m.
If you read the reviews, actress Connie Britton and the music are among the most buzzed about reasons to watch the hot new drama.
Britton ("American Horror Story") and Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes"), star in the hotly-anticipated show, taking viewers into a captivating world of music, power, talent, sex, love, heartbreak and redemption. "Nashville" also features original songs by established and breakout songwriters sung by the stars of the series.
Music legend and entertainment icon Rayna Jaymes (Britton) has been one of the industry's top female vocalists for two decades. After working tirelessly to elevate her game, Rayna suddenly discovers her passion for the business is not enough to compete with the new generation of talent lighting up the charts.
She is reluctant to accept the emerging trend in the business and refuses to be steamrolled by her longtime label, which she helped build. When they give her an offer she can't refuse, Rayna is forced to accept the harsh reality that she'll have to start over and reinvent herself if she plans on continuing to be relevant.
Offstage things aren't much easier for Rayna, whose father, Lamar Wyatt (Powers Boothe), is Nashville's most powerful businessman. Their distant relationship is strained by years of resentment and powerful secrets that begin to boil over when Lamar and Rayna's sister, Tandy, start a scheme involving Rayna's husband, Teddy (Eric Close).
Enter Juliette Barnes, played by Panettiere. She is sexy, sassy, emerging as the hottest act in the business and isn't about to let anyone stand in the way of her success. On her way to the top, an even bigger set of circumstances will cast a shadow on her girl-next-door image.
In the premiere episode, Rayna learns that her record label wants her to tour as the opening act for newcomer Juliette, and when she refuses, the stage is set for the ultimate power struggle for popularity.