Interview: Connie Britton on NASHVILLE Season 2 and AMERICAN HORROR STORY

Connie Britton in NASHVILLE - Season 2 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

NASHVILLE, created by Callie Khouri, is now in its second season on ABC, Wednesday nights at 10 PM. The show follows the occasionally intertwined lives of two country music stars, veteran Rayna Jaymes, played by Connie Britton, and rising newcomer Juliette Barnes, portrayed by Hayden Panettiere. Known for both television and film, Britton has been steadily employed as a series regular in 2006 when, following an arc on 24, she began her five-season stint as beloved high school football coach’s wife Tami Taylor on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, reprising her role from the 2004 feature. When FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS ended, Britton …Read On »

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Interview: NASHVILLE star Hayden Panettiere chats about singing her heart out

Hayden Panettiere stars in NASHVILLE | (c) 2013 ABC/Jon Lemay

In ABC’s NASHVILLE, which airs Wednesday nights at 10 PM, up-and-coming crossover country music star Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, is locked into a rivalry with more traditional and established country icon Rayna Jaymes, played by Connie Britton. Both actresses were nominated for Golden Globes for their work on the Callie Khouri-created series, still in its first season. Juliette represents something of a departure for Panettiere. Although the New York-born actress has been a thespian since her early childhood and has also cut an album as a singer/composer, she is usually known for playing kindly and selfless characters – …Read On »

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TV Review: NASHVILLE – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Robert Wisdom, Charles Esten, Connie Britton, Eric Close, Hayden Panettiere, Powers Boothe, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson in NASHVILLE - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Eric Close, Powers Boothe, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Robert Wisdom Writer: Callie Khouri, series created by Callie Khouri Director: R.J. Cutler Network: ABC, Wednesdays at 10 PM Original Airdate: October 10, 2012 The concept of a primetime soap set in and around the Nashville music scene conjures visions of over-the-top glitz and Southern-accented catfights. Well, shame on us (me, anyway) for anticipatory stereotyping, because NASHVILLE, while it certainly has its sudsy aspects, proves to be a well-grounded drama, with characters who behave like recognizable human beings and music that sounds like …Read On »

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News: Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere say NASHVILLE characters in new ABC series are not based on Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift – TCA 2012

Connie Britton in NASHVILLE - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

The new ABC drama series NASHVILLE, which is set in the world of Nashville music features Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as country music artists – one who has been around for a long time and another climbing up the charts. While at ABC’s Summer 2012 Press Tour, Britton and Panettiere spoke about the similarities their characters may have to artists like Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift, but confirm that the characters of Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes are very different. “I ran into Reba McEntire on a plane and she said, ‘did you hear they said you were playing …Read On »

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News: ABC’s new series NASHVILLE will feature more than just country music – TCA 2012

Robert Wisdom, Charles Esten, Connie Britton, Eric Close, Hayden Panettiere, Powers Boothe, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson in NASHVILLE - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

While speaking at ABC’s 2012 Summer Press Tour, Callie Khouri spoke about her new drama series NASHVILLE which uses the country music scene as its backdrop. The series stars Connie Britton as an aging country music star who finds the limelight threatened by Hayden Panettiere who is a new up and comer who is clearly not as talent as she is. “It was a the right time and with the great love of music in shows in the last few years, audience are really accepting and hungry for great music,” says Khouri. “It’s not just in the country world. It’s …Read On »

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