Nashville Season 1 Review “Pilot” – Damn You, Auto-tune!

I might have grown up in the South, but I have never been a fan of country music. It’s always represented everything I hated about my homeland, namely cowboy hats, leather fringe and big hair. But I’ll be darned if ABC’s new series, Nashville, isn’t trying to change my tune. (I blame Taylor Swift, too; her songs are just too darn catchy.)

Connie Britton headlines the show as Rayna Jaymes, a country music star who finds herself being upstaged by newcomer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). But what I really liked about this very old plot is that Rayna doesn’t dislike Juliette because she’s young or even because she’s rude and disrespectful. She doesn’t like her because she thinks her music isn’t good. And given that other characters grumble about Juliette’s use of auto-tune, it’s probably not sour grapes on Rayna’s part.

It was absolutely necessary for the audience to immediately like Rayna, and Britton just nailed it. She’s a woman with some issues (meglomaniac father, fickle record label, twenty-something rival, money issues, the possibility that she married the wrong man), but she’s also a good person and a good mother with a strong backbone. She’s someone you’d want to hang out with for an hour every week. Read More...


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