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DVR Alert: Nashville Cast on The View 3/27

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So let me do a fangirl squeal for my current favorite TV show… Nashville!

The cast of the ABC hit series will be guests on The View this morning. There will be appearances from co-stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as well as musical performances from Charles Esten, Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio, and Jonathan Jackson.

Set your DVRs, fans! The View airs on ABC at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT.

Plus, there is an all new episode of Nashville on ABC at 10 p.m. ET./9 p.m. CT.

PS: I’m not-so-patiently waiting for Rayna & Deacon to reunite!

DVR Alert: Chris Young on Katie

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CMA Triple Play winner Chris Young helps Katie Couric go country on Wednesday, February 13, joining guests Reba McEntire and Connie Britton on Katie for this special sweeps period broadcast. During his appearance, Young shares a surprising secret in his chat with the award-winning journalist, and performs his latest smash, “I Can Take It From There.” Check your local listings of this nationally syndicated TV show.

Another sweet treat is in store for fans this Valentine’s week as Young hosts a Livestream event on Thursday, February 14 from 5:30-6:30pm EST. Chris will serenade fans as he performs several of his hit songs and interacts with fans during a Q&A session.

“I Can Take It From There,” Young’s latest single from his highly acclaimed third album NEON, recently released to country radio and is already Top 15 on the radio charts.

Check out the picture below from Chris during the taping of the episode:

Chris Young during the taping of Katie.

Chris Young during the taping of Katie.

DVR Alert: Brantley Gilbert and Chris Young Head to Nashville

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ABC’s Nashville, that is. The two country music artists are slotted to make cameos on ABC’s newest smash hit musical drama as party goers at a celebratory bash thrown by fictional country music sensation, Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere). Brantley Gilbert and Chris Young, who will appear as themselves, attend the party, which is intended to celebrate the success of Barnes’ and Rayna James’ (played by Connie Britton) duet, “Wrong Song”.

The episode featuring Brantley and Chris will air on Wednesday, January 23rd a 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

Nashville Is On the Globe

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The Golden Globe, that is. This morning, the nominees for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards were announced, and Nashville certainly made a showing; and we mean both “Nashville” the television show and residents of Nashville whose names you might recognize from the world of country music.

In the category of Best Actress, Television Drama, ABC’s “Nashville” was represented by a nomination for Connie Britton (who plays Rayna James in the highly coveted television series). In the category of Best Supporting Actress, Television, ABC’s “Nashville” was again represented by a nomination for Hayden Panettiere (who plays Juliette Barnes). Also getting nods for their involvement in film projects are Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. Keith lent his vocals to the soundtrack for “Act of Valor” with his song “For You,” while Taylor’s “Safe & Sound” was included on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack.

Good luck to the Nashville noms! Tune in on January 13 to see if any of the Golden Globes make their way back to Music City!

REVIEW: Nashville – Love and Music

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A week has gone by and not much has changed on the streets of Nashville. Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, has miraculously recovered from the heartache she experienced at the Bluebird last week when she watched Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten) perform a duet that made them seem like a bit more than friends. How does a spicy little country starlet with a troubled family life recover? She throws herself at the man she is infatuated with a little more aggressively. Juliette’s solution to making sure that Deacon stays all hers is to say anything and everything (and do anything and everything) to get him to join her on tour. But will Deacon leave behind Rayna, his old flame who he clearly still burns hot for?

Speaking of Rayna, her husband, Teddy (Eric Close), is acting more and more suspicious as the weeks go by. It seems that maybe money has gotten Mr. Rayna James down, as we catch a glimpse of Teddy and Rayna discussing their financial status (otherwise known as “bankrupt”) with a financial analyst. It turns out the politician and former superstar have no liquid assets to their names. So, what does Rayna’s label suggest as a surefire way to cure their financial woes? You guessed it — hit the road with Juliette, of course. This tour seems to be the the key to solving many a’problem in Nashville! Later, Teddy headed to the Music City Credit Union to discuss his options, but reacted very oddly at the mention of the word “audit” and promptly excused himself from the premises. What is Teddy hiding?

Review: Nashville – Music City Hits the Small Screen

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Saddle up, country fans, there’s a new rodeo in town and it hits your television screens every Wednesday night on ABC at 10:00pm ET/9:00pm CT. The new and highly anticipated “Nashville” stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettierre as country music artists who come together, despite Britton’s character’s desire to keep her distance from that “brat.” Connie Britton plays Rayna Jaymes, a forty-something artist who is having trouble staying afloat as a newer generation, headed by Panettiere’s Juliette Barnes, starts to take over the country music scene. Picture a Faith Hill meets Reba McEntire when you think of Jaymes — attractive, stylish, unparalleled talent and success — and a street-walking Taylor Swift when you think of Barnes — young, fun, but overly flirtatious. Now that Jaymes has to contend with the fresh, young, new artists, her record label has recognized an obvious dip in her popularity. While Jaymes will tell you that she has gone triple platinum in the past, her record label isn’t interested in past successes and fears that if she does not make a drastic move — and fast — her career will take the Mindy McCreedy route (if you are asking “who?”, that is exactly my point). So, in a last-ditch effort to give Jaymes’ career a little bit of CPR, the record label recommends that Jaymes call it quits on her own tour and join forces with Barnes as her *gasp* opening act. Now picture this — Reba opens for Kellie Pickler. It’s on par with that. Naturally, Jaymes has no interest in being the pre-cursor to a little fiery country-singing Britney Spears, but something tells us she’s fighting a losing battle!

Like any other late-night primetime show, there also exists love, infidelity, family angst, and this serving comes with a heaping side of politics. What should you take away from episode 1 of this much-talked-about new show? Just because something seems a certain way on the outside, it doesn’t mean it is just that. Fame has its falls and behind every person who has his or her name in lights lies darkness. Nashville just allows us the opportunity to shine a flashlight on the dark side — at least as far as these fictitious superstars are concerned. Bottom line, this show has it all — glitz and glam, love and scandal, cute kids, and a killer cast. If you aren’t tuning in, we suggest you change that immediately, because we have a feeling it is going to be better than any eight-second ride!

Tune in next week for music, drama, political banter, and a glimpse of the streets of Nashville. And don’t forget to check back here every week for our weekly review as country music takes over television (as it should be).

Episode 1 Playlist (head over to iTunes to download several of these tracks):

“Already Gone” – Performed by Rayna Jaymes
“Back Home” – Performed by Deacon (character)
“Boys and Buses” – Performed by Juliette Barnes
“It’s My Life” – Performed by Rayna Jaymes
“Love Like Mine” – Performed by Juliette Barnes
“If I Didn’t Know Better” – Performed by Scarlett and Gunnar (characters)
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Eli Young Band
“Small Town USA” – Justin Moore
“Type of Gurl” – Rasheeda
“Too Good To Be True” – Eden’s Edge
“Sin For A Sin” – Miranda Lambert
“Did It For the Girl” – Greg Bates
“Stand By Your Man” – Tammy Wynette
“Rose-Colored Glasses” – John Connlee

VIDEO: Nashville on ABC

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ABC has just announced that they’re adding a brand-new drama to its lineup this Fall. “Nashville” follows the story of country singer Rayna, played by Connie Britton, who is trying to save her declining career. She has been forced to open up the tour for new up-and-coming singer Juliett Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, and the conflict begins. Take a look at the trailer for the new show, which was filmed right in Nashville, and let us know what you think about a drama being based around Music City:

“Nashville” is Coming to ABC

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With ABC upfronts in full-swing today and country music stars like Reba & Jennifer Nettles invading the network, ABC has announced a new fall drama centered around the goings-on of a country music legend and an up-and-coming crossover artist.

Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”) plays Rayna James, an accomplished country legend whose popularity is on the decline, while Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”) plays Juliette Barnes, a new artist determined to take over the country charts. In an attempt to benefit both careers, Rayna’s record label pairs her with Juliette for a co-headlining tour, and from there, the drama ensues. Will Juliette be able to steal Rayna’s spotlight?

Look for Rayna’s wealthy, powerful and estranged father to add to the drama by helping Rayna’s husband, Teddy, seek a chance at the mayorship of Nashville against his wife’s wishes.

Produced by Callie Khouri (writer of “Thelma & Louise”), R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue”) & Steve Buchanan, look for “Nashville” to take viewers inside the world of country music and all of its entanglements, ranging from touring and romance to politics and familial drama.

Check out the trailer below and be sure to let us know what you think! Will you be tuning in to “Nashville”?