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A music-biz soap from screenwriter Callie Khouri (“Thelma & Louise,” “Something To Talk About,” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”), “Nashville” follows a fading country music megastar who finds herself forced to open for a younger, hotter act.

It stars Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”), Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”), Eric Close (“Without A Trace”) and Powers Booth (“Deadwood,” “Hatfields & McCoys”).

I could tell you about the pilot, or you can just watch it, right here right now:

Hitfix says:

... It's a much better follow-up to "Friday Night Lights" for [Connie Britton] than "American Horror Story" was. … a smart mix of soap opera, music and political intrigue. …

HuffPost TV says:

... give "Nashville" a chance, but not just because Connie Britton is terrific in it. There are a host of other reasons to check out this ABC drama: The supporting cast is uniformly terrific, a series of political and personal dilemmas are depicted with thoughtful nuance, and this show isn't so much about country music as it is about a desire to communicate, be loved and be heard. …

The New York Times says:

... In the pilot most things that have to do with music and the music business are good, and most things that don’t are dull and sometimes worse. …

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... you really don't have to love country music to love "Nashville." In fact, even if you find this kind of music corny and simplistic, you may find yourself coming away from the show singing an entirely different tune. …

The Washington Post says:

... I half expect that “Nashville” may well be lured down the path of eye-rolling melodrama soon enough (like NBC’s “Smash”), but until then, I’d like to bask in its tender perfection.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... it's the clear writing and the blunt, brass tacks portrayal of Rayna's business dealings that give credibility to the characters and authenticity to the situations …

The Boston Herald says:

... The mix of music, political power-plays and pure soap promises to be addictive. …

The Boston Globe says:

... It’s not the “quality” programming found on HBO or Showtime, or a sensitively written saga in the vein of “Friday Night Lights.” But then it’s not quite a trashy, scandal-driven, operatic soap on the order of “Revenge,” either. “Nashville” falls somewhere in between the two extremes, a story that thrives on heightened melodrama and big twists but gives its characters more depth than you generally find in network lather-fests. …

The Hollywood Reporter says:

... an entertaining hour of fine acting, writing and ambition. Even if you’re not a country music fan, the rest of Nashville is singing a different, intriguing tune.…

Variety says:

... While there's promise in the pilot and especially the casting, the show feels a trifle disjointed, as if compelled to load up on a surplus of elements and subplots. Better that, perhaps, than fumbling for storylines, but if there's this much crooning throughout, the series might lose some viewers who simply grow weary of "She done him wrong" songs. …

10 p.m. Wednesday. ABC.

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  • Oct. 10, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    I love Tami Taylor

    by Sacredfun

    and also Connie Britton...

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Britton was amazing in American Horror Story

    by Brett

    She gets dissed here for her AHS work, but man was she good. Just watch the first episode of Season 1 - she has a fight with her husband (Dylan McDermott) that is one of the most realistic husband/wife tussles I've ever seen on TV. All performances in AHS were amazing, regardless of what you think of the show.

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    American Horror Story was a great show

    by Adam D. Kline

    Better than most of the total anal bloodsquirts Hitfix recommends.

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    American horror story

    by HarrysNemesis

    Was/is happening... this show will probably get cancelled. Not a move up unless country lovin' usa watches it. I have no interested in country music so i just have no real interest in it.

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    OMG Brettg

    by Taragor

    I thought the EXACT same thing about that fight...made me uncomfortable to watch as it was so realistic in my opinion. That scene should be in drama schools for the next 30 years. I'll skip Nashville though....ick

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I think I preferred this show when it was a movie called

    by thepoohguy

    Up and Coming Starring Marilyn Chambers, but the premise was the same.

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Country Strong: The Series?

    by BigGuy219

    Just saying, "ya'll".

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I don't care to watch it myself, but what did you think about it, Herc?

    by Detective_Fingerling

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I would watch Connie take a dump

    by Extr3m1st

    Love that woman, and Hayden is smoking hot IMO. She can act a bit too. This would not be my cup of tea if it is mostly country music based. I will wait for a few of you peeps to watch it and report back. BTW the stupid reviewers shitting on AHS and Revenge are probably the same idiots who back shit like Made in Jersey.

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    so Herc doesn't give his opinion at all on the show

    by Titus05

    most critcis are raving about it so I'm assuming Herc hates it and doesn't want to appear in the small minority so he will refuse comment...he stated he doesn't like Arrow but that's because every other critic agrees

  • Oct. 11, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I could tell you about the pilot, but that would involve doing my job.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    -Hercules, Aintitcool.com

  • Oct. 11, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    One thing I didn't like...

    by ChestRockwell

    I watched the first episode and it was ok. The acting was very good. The plot kept my interest and I'll probably watch the next episode to see where it goes. There was one thing that bothered me though: for two supposedly country "stars", they were able to walk around town without being asked for their autographs or followed by paparazzi? No one seemed to recognize them on the street, so it was hard to buy into their "star" status.

  • Oct. 11, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Not one of those reviews mentioned how hot Hayden is.

    by J

  • Oct. 11, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    This show is a documentary.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    About my balls.

  • Oct. 11, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    hatden had a phat ass in heroes...

    by Norman Colson

    I remember when sylar finally got her powers and he was finished with her she sounded like disappointed because she thought sylar wanted to rape her and he didnt. I was like what?! Then i started thinking, maybe claire liked to get raped by sylar, i mean why the disappointed look like he rejected you... Wow. psychosis much?