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: Being one of THE NEIGHBORS is alien to Simon Templeman

Simon Templeman in THE NEIGHBORS - Season 2 - "Fear and Loving in New Jersey" | ©2013 ABC/Richard Cartwright

THE NEIGHBORS, now in its second season on ABC, Fridays at 8:30 PM, is half-hour comedy about human/extraterrestrial culture clash. The Weavers, a nice middle-class family consisting of dad Marty (Lenny Venito), mom Debbie (Jami Gertz) and three kids, move to a quiet gated community, where everyone else turns out to be from the planet Zabvron. Chief among the Zabvronians is the family next door to the Weavers. Simon Templeman plays the alien patriarch Larry Bird, who can be doleful, fretful, ambitious and wildly optimistic all at the same time. Larry is married to Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olegundoye) an they …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Chloe Bennet hacks into MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD

Chloe Bennet in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

On MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, ABC Tuesdays at 8 PM, the team members working under Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) are still getting used to each other. The newest recruit is brilliant, rebellious young computer hacker Skye, played by Chloe Bennet. Bennet is herself somewhat new to film and television work. Previously, she had an arc on NASHVILLE last season and appeared in the telefilm INTERCEPT. Before that, the Chicago native had a singing career, including the pop single “Uh Oh,” released simultaneously in English and Mandarin editions. At a party thrown by ABC for the Television Critics Association, Bennet …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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Exclusive Interview: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan

Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan at the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS for Best New TV Drama with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST | ©2013 Sue Schneider

CW has another hit show on its network with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ASSIGNMENT X got a chance to sit down and talk to Kristin Kreuk, who stars as Catherine Chandler and Jay Ryan who stars as Vincent Keller recently. For those of you that loved BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (l987 – 1990), starring Ron Perlman as Vincent and Linda Hamilton as Asst. Dist. Atty. Catherine Chandler this updated version will not disappoint you. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST won The People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama this year over other nominees ARROW, ELEMENTARY, NASHVILLE and REVOLUTION. ASSIGNMENT X: …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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