Television

What to watch: The bittersweet songs on Nashville

Nashville 1×01: Pilot

We hear you think “So many new tv shows, so little time”. No worries, the All That Cubeness team checks them out for you and suggests what to watch. This way you will know which tv shows you can’t miss, which you can DVR or even completely forget about. We try to watch the first two episodes before we start judging – the pilot can be a lucky shot.

Why aren’t you watching Nashville y’all?!

1. What is Nashville about?
Rayna Jaymes, the current queen of country music, has trouble selling out her tour. Her label suggests a joined tour with pop country princess Juliette, but both ladies don’t get along that well. Juliette is after Rayna’s bandleader Deacon which is causing a lot of tension. In the meantime we see the other side of Nashville too: smokey bars with young talented singer-songwriters trying to get a record deal. Among them Deacon’s niece Scarlett, her boyfriend Avery and her music partner Gunnar. Rayna’s husband is running for mayor, something she’s not happy about because her father – who she has a troubled relationship with – is behind the matter.

2. The cast and characters of Nashville
Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes: our leading lady, the queen of country music – also mother of two lovely daughters – who is having trouble selling her new album and tickets for her upcoming tour.
Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes: the up and coming pop country princess, who sleeps around a lot, tries to steal everything that is important to Rayna and has some serious issues with her mother.
Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne: talented guitar player and songwriter, who is currently Rayna’s bandleader and also Rayna’s old boyfriend, uncle of Scarlett and one of Juliette’s men.
Eric Close as Teddy Conrad: Rayna’s husband and father of two daughters who tries to run for mayor to please his father-in-law and trying to leave a really bad investment behind.
Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor: poet and waitress who gets discovered by the famous Watty White when she performs at the local bar the Bluebird with Gunnar.
Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley: Scarlett’s boyfriend, a singer who plays the guitar and tries to get a record deal with his band.
Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott: songwriter, plays the guitar, sings and also trying to get his big break, but is a lot closer than Avery because of his performance with Scarlett at the Bluebird.
Powers Boothe as Lamar Wyatt: father of Rayna and her sister Tandy, which he apparently didn’t do that well. Also responsible for the political storyline of the show.

3. What’s good so far
+ I’m not a country fan at all but I adore the music on the show! I can’t stop listening to Scarlett and Gunnar’s song, plus the last one of Rayna and Deacon in episode two. The only thing coming close to country music in Holland is called the “paling (= dutch for eel) sound” and I detest that. Tip: a fan (David Stickler) has collected all the songs on YouTube. Click here for the playlist.
+ It’s got Connie Britton. I haven’t seen other work from her yet (sorry Friday Night Lights fans), but when I read articles about her she seems like royalty in tv land. Her performance as a star, mother and jealous woman is very likable so far.
+ The love triangles and tension. Scarlett (Clare Bowen) has great chemistry with the two guys in her life (boyfriend Avery – Jonathan Jackson a.k.a. Jesse Tuck – and music partner Gunnar Scott played by Sam Palladio). Also liking the renewed tension between Rayna and Deacon in episode two (her husband Teddy should be worried).

Nashville 1×02:
I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)

4. What needs some work
– I have some trouble keeping all the men apart on this show. They all have dark hair and a small beard (there are like five of them!). And I am definitely not the only one if I have to believe the comments on other sites. Maybe the styling could help out.
– Rayna’s backstory of the feud with her father should be more explained. It’s a bit hard now to hate him – and every show needs a bad guy. Her sister is also completely useless so far.
– Juliette sleeping around with every guy with dark hair and a small beard. Okay kidding, but there are a lot of men (you can’t call them boys anymore). Not liking this storyline at all – even if she is damaged because of her mom issues. I would rather see her steal Scarlett’s boyfriend Avery, so Scarlett can fall in love with Gunnar (undeniable chemistry right there!).

5. Should it get a full season order?
Yes! I would love to see more of Nashville: the drama, the love triangles, the magical (and often heartbreaking) music. You can tune in on ABC on wednesdays at 10/9c.

Are tuning in for Nashville? And what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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