It wasn't until recently that I started watching Nashville but it was always on the list in the back of my mind of shows that I should watch but for some reason I'm not. And I am so glad that I started. I think a lot of people might be weary of this show because of the country music. And yes, there are a lot of country music fans out there, but there is also a huge population that is not. The music in Nashville, however, is not the country music in which the lyrics are all about beer, trucks, and hot girls. This music actually has meaning and emotion. The country ballads are beautiful and the up beat songs are not annoying and meaningless. But best of all, it has a dynamite cast and crew behind it including Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) in front of the camera and Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) as one of the producers.
It also dives in to the business of country music. On TV, there's maybe 10 different award shows that the country music world puts on each year and they all look like one big happy Southern family. But in the entertainment business this is rarely true and Nashville clarifies that rivalries really do exist in country music as well. There is no better depiction of this than through the relationship between Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). Rayna is in danger of her career fading out as country-pop firecracker Juliette is having no trouble clawing her way to the top.
In addition to the troubles that these two have together, you can pretty much count on almost every other social issue making an appearance at some point in the show. Most of it revolves around love. There's Deacon (Charles Esten) who is Rayna's lead guitarist and the two have a history but now Rayna is married to Teddy Conrad (Eric Close) with two children. Teddy runs for mayor with direction from Rayna's dad which then brings politics into the show. Deacon's niece Scarlett (Clare Bowen) has a love triangle to sort out between two very handsome musicians. But between these characters and more there is alcoholism, drug abuse, parent issues, homosexuality, postpartum depression, dirty politics, cheating, sickness, death, and more if you can believe it.
What's amazing though, is that everything is done well and no matter what the characters are going through, you always keep rooting for them, even if they might get slightly irritating. As the seasons go on, the music just keeps getting better and the story lines become even more addicting. It is also shot in Nashville, Tennessee so the feel of the actual Music City shines through in the production. I can guarantee that you will never be bored during the hour you're watching!
Tune in Wednesdays at 10 on ABC!