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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Exclusive Interview: Sam Palladio on NASHVILLE Season 1 and beyond

Sam Palladio in NASHVILLE - Season 1 - "I'm Sorry For You, My Friend" | ©2013 ABC/Katherine Bomboy-Thornton

In ABC’s NASHVILLE, just renewed for a second season and currently airing Wednesdays at 10 PM, the main attraction is the rivalry between established country music superstar Rayna James (Connie Britton) and up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). However, there are plenty of other singer/songwriter/musicians in the story crafted by series creator Callie Khouri. Sam Palladio plays young singer/songwriter Gunnar Scott, who makes beautiful music with girlfriend Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen), but has to deal with the fact that she has acquired a manager and he hasn’t. Furthermore, Gunnar is having more success passing off music by his dead brother as …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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Exclusive Interview: SCREAM 4 actress Marley Shelton is armed and ready to SCREAM again

Marley Shelton at the World Premiere of THE RITE | © 2011 Sue Schneider

Not many characters survived the bloodshed of SCREAM 4, but Deputy Judy Hicks (played by Marley Shelton) managed to come out okay and ready for future SCREAM movies. For Shelton, playing the quirky officer of the law who may or may not have involvement in the recent killings in the small town of Woodsboro was a career highlight. The film, directed by Wes Craven who helmed the previous three movies, just hit Blu-ray and DVD and the actress spoke with ASSIGNMENT X in this exclusive interview about her role in the film and wanting to return for more. ASSIGNMENT X: …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Wes Craven talks about SCREAM 4 DVD and the future of the franchise

Ghost Face in SCREAM 4 | ©2011 The Weinstein Company

It’s rare for a filmmaker to helm all four installments in a movie franchise, but like Steven Spielberg did with the INDIANA JONES franchise, Wes Craven has matched that record with SCREAM. SCREAM 4, the latest chapter, hits DVD and Blu-ray this week as it reunites the surviving cast members from the previous three movies – Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette as they confronts the nefarious Ghost Face killer one more time as he (or she or more) terrorizes the quaint small town of Woodsboro. ASSIGNMENT X recently spoke with Wes Craven in this exclusive interview about the …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Adrian Pasdar on THE LYING GAME, the end of HEROES and CASTLE

Adrian Pasdar THE LYING GAME - Season 1 - "Being Sutton"| ©2011 ABC Family/Bill Records

ABC Family has a runaway hit with PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, the teen drama based on a series of books by Sara Shepard. Happily for all concerned, Shepard has another series of books about a different set of teens called THE LYING GAME, which airs Monday nights on ABC Family. In THE LYING GAME, Alexandra Chando plays dual roles. Emma Becker is a good-hearted adolescent who has spent much of her life in foster homes. This changes when she is contacted by her identical twin Sudden Mercer, who was adopted long ago by the well-to-do couple Kristen (Helen Slater) and Ted …Read On »

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Interview: SCREAM 4 star Neve Campbell screams again

Neve Campbell in SCRE4M | ©2011 Dimension Films

There are only a handful of horror movie heroine/survivors that have made it past a couple of movies with their wits and body parts intact. The short list includes Jamie Lee Curtis who starred as Laurie Strode in four of the HALLOWEEN films, Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in four ALIEN films and now tying their record is Neve Campbell returning for SCREAM 4 (aka SCRE4M) as heroine Sidney Prescott. Sidney has outlasted and outwitted the elusive Ghost Face killer (and killers) in the previous three movies and in this fourth installment she returns to her hometown of Woodsboro for a …Read On »

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