Country music drama “Nashville” premieres on Wednesday, October 10 at 10pm on ABC, but as has been the overwhelming trend this fall season, the network has put the pilot up early online in hopes of hooking larger audiences for the show on air.
“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna James, a country music star whose career is in decline and whose music is more traditional, while Hayden Panettiere plays Juliette Barnes, a teen crossover success currently topping the charts.
Regardless of how interested you may be in country music, the first episode of “Nashville” is smart and promising and offers up a tangle of professional, political and personal dramas. Britton gives good steel magnolia, and Powers Boothe makes a complicated antagonist as her character’s powerful, manipulative father. “Nashville” is the creation of Callie Khouri, who won an Oscar for her screenplay for “Thelma & Louise,” and it looks to have some of the better, more complex female characters on TV at the moment. This pilot was directed by series executive producer R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue”).