If your DVR is overflowing with unwatched episodes of your favorite shows and unexplored new series, we feel your pain. But we’d like to make the argument that you need to clear your schedule for ABC’s new drama Nashville. Starring Connie Britton (Rayna Jaymes) and Hayden Panettiere (Juliette Barnes) as country musicians declining and ascending, respectively, in their careers, this one is good, y’all.
Check out our five reasons why you need to tune into Nashville, which premieres Wednesday, October 10 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.
5. Connie Britton
How good is Connie Britton? “I said, if we can’t get Connie Britton, let’s just not do the show,” show creator Callie Khouri told Entertainment Weekly. The Friday Night Lights star (along with her fantastic tresses) leads the ensemble cast, and while we’d watch her in pretty much anything, this role — a strong Southern singer with an intriguing past — fits her perfectly.
4. More than the sum of its parts
It sort of sounds like the premise of Country Strong, but the rivalry between Rayna and Juliette isn’t enough to sustain an entire season. Budding love triangles, the cutthroat music industry, and a political war are just a few of the subplots fleshing out Nashville’s world, and that’s not even mentioning the heaps of family drama waiting in the wings.
3. The location
There’s just something about Nashville. A magnet for all kinds of musical talent, Nashville has its own kind of energy. The show is actually filmed on location, and it shows. Aerial shots of riverboats to concerts at the Grand Ole Opry make the city seem like its own character and give the feeling that this story couldn’t take place anywhere else.
2. Plenty of pretty people
A roster of guitar-strumming guys who croon heartfelt lyrics about love and loss? Yes, please. Avery, Deacon, and Gunner are each sure to win some hearts on and off screen. Do this many off-the-charts-hot singer/songwriters hang around the real Bluebird Café? If so, we need a plane ticket to Nashville, ASAP!
1. The music
Don’t consider yourself a country music fan? You just might fall in love after viewing Nashville. Not only does it name-drop legends like Tammy Wynette and John Conlee, both the Civil Wars and Elvis Costello will be contributing music to the show.Khouri’s husband, record producer T-Bone Burnett, has signed on as the show’s music producer, so he has a lot of quality musicians whom he can call on to find the perfect songs for the dramatic moments. Expect your iTunes library to expand after every episode.