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See the best new network TV show of the fall, ABC's Nashville, one week before it hits television



nsh-keyart-v2-630-jpg_223313.jpgThe show doesn't hit television until next Wednesday, but ABC has posted the first episode of its new drama Nashville online for your viewing enjoyment.

Here's what I wrote about Nashville for the Times' fall TV preview:

The coolest thing about Friday Night Lights alum Connie Britton is that she's everywoman no matter who she plays.

So her turn as a middle-aged country music star fending off a challenge from a Taylor Swift-ish mean girl teen singer (Hayden Panettiere) still feels like a universal, working mom's struggle set to a country lyric.

Don't let the country twang and slide guitars fool you; this is a delicious nighttime soap about money, power, aging and the compromises we all make for what we want and those we love.

TiVo or Ti-NO? Besides the two female leads, there's Powers Boothe as Britton's ruthless power broker dad, Eric Close as Britton's floundering businessman husband and documentarian R.J. Cutler (The War Room) as executive producer.

TiVo to catch every minute.

Check out the pilot below to see if I got it right:


[Last modified: Thursday, October 4, 2012 5:47pm]


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