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 crossover in pop and a wide range of music. That’s helped us.”

With T-Bone Burnett as one of the show’s music producers, it’s also allowed for a wide berth of artists to be represented on the series – including Elvis Costello who provided two songs for the films.

As for Khouri, she was responsible for the groundbreaking screenplay to THELMA AND LOUISE and has made her career in the feature film world, so moving to television has definitely given her more opportunity to explore characters over a long period of time.

“It’s new for me and I’m loving it,” says Khouri. “With a feature, you do it and it’s over. With TV, I’m getting to sit with some absolutely great writers and plan out stories that go on for a long time. I can plan for characters to go through things and changes that I could never do a in a feature film and get to cover such a long period of time. It’s so much fun. It’s writing in a much faster pace than I’m used to – that’s the only think I’m getting used to. Everything else about it, it’s so inspiring to be able to take each character and take it on long journey and see them grow, and put them through trial by fire. It’s fun. I love it.”

NASHVILLE premieres October 10, 2012 on ABC


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


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