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This fall’s TV premieres promise to have us on the edge of our seats! You’ve been waiting patiently for the resolution to the Season 6 finale cliffhanger of “The Walking Dead,” and you can’t wait to see your favorite celebrities strut their stuff on “Dancing with the Stars.” Well, your wait is almost over! Here are highlights of what’s to come.

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Coming to Our City and TV: “Nashville”

Music reigns supreme in Nashville's downtown.

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?

Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

8 Welcome Surprises Among the Golden Globe Nominations

Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Rooney Mara in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (Photo credit: Columbia Tri-Star Marketing Group)

Golden Globe nominations are out, and while films like “The Artist,” “The Descendants” and “The Help” led the way, there are a few surprises in the mix too.

Yesterday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its 2012 Golden Globe nominations. As a precursor to the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes may give us an inkling as to how Oscar voting may go.

So who’s in, and who’s out? According to The Hollywood Reporter, ” ‘The Artist’ swept the film nominations for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards, taking a commanding six nominations, including one for best comedy or musical. A pair of American dramas, “The Descendants” and “The Help,” followed with five noms each.”

Better yet, which darkhorses snuck in to give the expected nominees a run for their money? Here are eight of the best surprises the Golden Globes have blessed us with this year.

1. Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. The film barely made it in for review and doesn’t even open until Dec. 20. The incredible transformation of Mara for this edgy thriller cannot be denied. (The film itself, however, was shut out of nominations). She’s got tough competition with the likes of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” but a winning Mara should would make for a good show.

2. Jessica Chastain (“The Help”) for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. Sure, Chastain is completely worthy of being nominated; no one disputes that. But the real problem for this generation’s Meryl Streep is that she had so many great performances eligible for nomination aside from “The Help”: “The Tree of Life,” “Take Shelter,” “The Debt.” She essentially had to beat herself in order to muster a nomination.

3. Jonah Hill (“Moneyball”) for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Let’s hear it for the funny guy turned serious actor. Many a screwball comic can shift seamlessly between genres (Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston). But a hipster funny guy from Judd Apatow’s crew hobnobbing with A-list elite? Bravo, Hill. Bravo.

4. “In the Land of Blood and Honey” for Best Foreign Language Film – Try not to hate her too much. Not only is she one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of her generation and a woman who gets to call fellow nominee Brad Pitt “arm candy,” but now Angelina Jolie’s writing and directorial debut is getting award noms. What can we say? Life really isn’t fair.

5. Madeleine Stowe (“Revenge”) for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama. Holla! for one of TV’s very best and guiltiest of pleasures getting some legit cred. Consider me a happy girl.

6. “Homeland” for Best Television Series, Best Actress (Claire Danes), and Best Actor (Damian Lewis) in a Television Series – Drama. President Obama tells People it’s one of his favorites, and now it’s getting some award show love.

7. “Bridesmaids” for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress (Kristen Wiig) – Musical or Comedy. Okay, so it’s not necessarily a surprise to see them in the Musical or Comedy division. However, with their Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations earlier this week, you have to wonder if a date with Oscar is imminent.

8. “New Girl” for Best Television Series, Best Actress (Zooey Deschanel) – Musical or Comedy. Cue the ensuing happy dances musical narrative indicative of Deschanel’s oh-so-awkward “New Girl” character, Jess. Aside from Showtime’s “Homeland,” this is the only freshman series to be nominated in a big race.

A complete list of the nominees can be found on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s website. The Golden Globes will be broadcast from Beverly Hills on NBC on Jan. 15, 2012.

What do you make of this year’s nominees? What will cause you to tune in for the awards show and red carpet?