The city started buzzing this past March. Whispers here and whispers there of a new TV show that was going to be filmed in Nashville about an older country star whose career was starting to fall while she watched another young singer rise to the top. An idea that’s not that far off in Music City.
Or as The Hollywood Reporter put it, a “family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene revolving around one star at her peak and another on the rise.”
Then a pilot was filmed in Nashville with the star role of Rayna being played by Connie Britton of “Friday Night Lights” and “American Horror Story.” As for the up-and-comer, that role will be filled by Hayden Panettiere who you may remember from “Heroes.”
Apparently, ABC liked what it saw and the show has been picked up for its first season this fall, slated for Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. Central. The show promises to provide a behind-the-scenes peek into the country music industry, which for Nashvillians is right in our own backyard.
I for one am excited to see how “Nashville” portrays the city that we are all so proud to call home, and I know local talent is happy to have the opportunity to work on a major network show right here.
Capitalizing on the success of music-centric shows like “Glee” and “Smash,” the soundtrack of “Nashville” will of course come from the country tunes for which the city is well known. But unlike those shows, according to some, “Nashville” incorporates the music more naturally.
From what I have seen in the promo video thus far, I know I will be addicted and tuning in each week. “Nashville” looks to fill my void for a family drama with lots of twists and turns all against the backdrop of great shots of the Music City.
Are you planning to tune in?