Sunday, 14 April 2013
Nashville is the Dallas of our time. Yes, it's that good. Created by Callie Khouri who wrote Thelma & Louise, it is set in, errm, Nashville and it centres on two country singers. One of them is the divine Connie Britton of Friday Night Lights fame. She plays Rayna Jaymes, the legendary country singer with a string of hits. Hayden Panettiere plays Juliette Barnes, the hot young singer who Rayna has to go on tour with to boost her popularity.
It's delightfully fun with some great music. I didn't realise how much I liked country music until I started watching this. Now I have the soundtrack and find myself humming along happily. The performances are what make this special. Connie is always spectacular and she doesn't disappoint. Hayden is pretty good as the spoilt, bitchy Juliette. Powers Boothe plays Rayna's beyond evil, conniving father who is clearly based on JR Ewing.
In addition, there is Rayna's old flame, Deacon, his niece Scarlett (intensely annoying character) and her ferret-looking boyfriend Avery. There are loads of characters but it never feels crowded. I highly recommend it if you want some well-made soapy action in your life. And you don't hate country music.