"You can kiss my decision as it's walking out the door."
When I first heard about the new ABC show, Nashville, I was hesitant to watch it.
Not because it's about country music, but because it looked like a really good show.
You see, after last year's heartbreak with my three new favorite shows (The Playboy Club, Pan Am, and GCB) I wasn't exactly anxious to fall in love with another anticipated drama that would only get cancelled a few months later.
Well, I caved in and watched it this past week.
I'm in love.
The show revolves around a middle-aged country superstar, Rayna Jaymes, who faces declining record sales, while a bitchy new twenty-something sensation, Juliette Barnes, quickly becomes America's Sweetheart.
If the plot sounds familiar, it's because the show is based on the Gwyneth Paltrow film, Country Strong.
One of the reasons I love this show so much is because of the dead-on casting.
The stunning and vibrant Connie Britton shines brilliantly as the gracious, regal music legend Rayna. As a viewer you feel indignant on her behalf as she's mercilessly pushed aside by her record company in favor of hot new talent. And then you also respect her as a person, when you see the behind-the-scenes glimpse at her controlling family and her inner struggles.
I was a bit skeptical of Hayden Panettiere being cast as the Taylor Swift/Carrie Underwood diva, but she actually proved me wrong. She is nearly flawless in the role of Juliette, the most unlikeable character on the show. And it seems like her character is going to be more complex, when you realize her background couldn't be more different than her blueblood middle-aged counterpart.
I'm not a huge fan of country music, but I loved the songs that played in the first episode. There was a duet in particular that was so beautiful, I can already tell the soundtrack to this show is going to be amazing.
I really, really, really hope this show doesn't get cancelled.