Hey everybody! Welcome to my very first Tvgasm (mini)recap. I’m hard at work on the full length version but I hope this snippet will amuse your bouche, so to speak. I really enjoyed the premiere and I have fairly high hopes for this show; I’ve been a fan of Connie Britton’s work since Spin City (which gives you an idea of just how old I am. Sigh) and while I don’t think I’ve seen any of Hayden Panettiere’s work except her Neutrogena commercials, I do know a bit about her due to my obsessive indulgence in gossip blogs and tabloid rags.
My heart is warmed at the start of the of show as the first three credits appear – all women. Yay! A scripted, big-budget drama driven by women. And the lead is of a deliciously mature vintage – we see wrinkles and all. Connie’s character Rayna Jaymes (is that a porn name or what?!?) is sketched as a wife/mother/fading superstar. Hayden plays Juliet Barnes, a rival cross-over star who doesn’t have as much raw talent but she’s young, she’s beautiful and she knows that in this economy, a singer needs to be a brand. She also has some massive mama drama. This plays off nicely with Rayna’s equally enormous daddy issues. Both women come from seriously dysfunctional homes and I wonder if they are ever going to see that in each other. Lots of potential for future conflict/acceptance.
The premise of the show is since Rayna’s fan base is dwindling and her record has stopped selling, she needs to piggyback on Juliet’s massive success by co-headlining a tour and thereby getting her music out to a new generation of fans. It’s a logical solution to Rayna’s problems but it’s also humiliating as she is an established, accomplished performer who’s being asked to ride the sequinned coattails of someone way less talented. The cast is introduced and all are interconnected in the weirdly incestuous way you would assume is common in industries like the music biz. The producers (one of whom is Connie Britton – you go girl!) have put a lot of time and care into the music, all the songs sound “real” and like you would actually hear them on the radio today. Such a smart plan and I found myself hoping they put out a soundtrack. First order of business for the recap is to find out if all the actors do their own singing. Second order is to get cracking on the full-length recap – so much to savour in this stew called Nashville. See you soon!
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