‘Nashville’ Series Premiere Recap: Rayna & Juliette’s Rivalry Is Born

Wed, October 10, 2012 11:00pm EDT by 5 Comments
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Did the ‘Nashville’ pilot leave you wanting an encore? Read our recap, then drop a comment with your review!

The series premiere of ABC’s Nashville introduced us to two women at very different points in their country music careers. Rayna James (Connie Britton) has been the industry’s undisputed queen for more than two decades, but declining album sales and a shift in the business threaten to snatch her throne right out from under her. Then there’s Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), an up-and-coming pop-country pixie of Taylor Swift proportions — who also happens to be a raging bitch. Needless to say, Rayna and Juliette aren’t exactly rocking friendship bracelets.

There’s some not-so-subtle sexual tension between Rayna and her bandleader Deacon (Charles Esten), who clearly still carries a torch for her. And judging by the way she acts around him — lingering glances and girly hair flips abound — I’d say Rayna hasn’t quite let go of their past, either. Honestly, I was surprised they made it through the entire pilot without ripping each other’s clothes off. But maybe they’re saving that for sweeps.

The other drama in Rayna’s life comes from her family, a well-connected pillar of the Nashville community. Tensions ran particularly high when Rayna’s dad convinces her husband Teddy (Eric Close) to run for mayor, forcing the spotlight-minded songbird to — as the Tammy Wynette classic suggests — stand by her man. During a particularly heated confrontation, Rayna’s dear ol’ daddy even suggested that Teddy isn’t Maddie’s dad. Cue the thunder.

After overhearing Rayna refer to her music as “adolescent crap,” Juliette kicked Operation: Destroy Rayna’s Career into high gear, offering Deacon a position in her band — and her bed. Granted, that bed’s getting awfully crowded, as Juliette is also knocking cowboy boots with Rayna’s producer Randy (Burgess Jenkins).

To be fair, Juliette’s got some demons of her own to battle. Her crack-head mother (Sylvia Jefferies) is constantly hitting her up for money — no matter how many new numbers Juliette gets to avoid her — and rather than face her feelings, she masks them with sluttiness.

But not everyone on Nashville is selling out stadiums just yet. Deacon’s niece Scarlett (Clare Bowen) is waiting tables at the Bluebird Café — the city’s country music Mecca — while dreaming of launching her own writing career. And even though she’s currently dating bad-boy Avery (Jonathan Jackson), her emotional duet with good-guy Gunnar (Sam Palladio) proved he makes a far better match for her.

Connie Britton’s “y’all” count: 4 (Did I miss any?!)

What did you think of Nashville? Did it earn a front-row seat on your DVR, or are you considering this a farewell performance? Drop me a comment with your personal review of the pilot!

— Andy Swift

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sunbeamcandy

Posted at 10:19 PM on October 11, 2012  

I loved so much about this pilot, but I have to say my very favorite thing was hearing Connie Britton saying “y’all” again. I didn’t even realize how much I missed that. I’ve adored her ever since one of my DISH co-workers got me into Friday Night Lights ages ago. I’m so excited to see what she does with this role. I’m always busy on Wednesday nights, so I’m relieved I can count on my Hopper to record it for me. Last night, I was able to turn it on and start enjoying it the minute I got home. I have the feeling Nashville is about to become the highlight of my week.

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Katy Cummins

Posted at 2:51 PM on October 11, 2012  

Was that really Charles Esten singing in the cafe???? Is so, HAVE HIM SING IN EVERY SHOW!!! I absolutely loved the song and HIM!! I loved him as Richard’s brother Joe on Christine and I really am happy to see him on this show. Put him out front and let him shine!!!!!

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Andy Swift

Posted at 4:45 PM on October 11, 2012  

It was! And he was amazing. I agree, he needs to sing more. :)

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NOTFORME

Posted at 9:10 AM on October 11, 2012  

I WATCHED IT DIDN’T LIKE THE MUSIC HAYDEN TRYING TO SING…. THE ONLY REAL PART WAS WHEN THE MUSIC GUY TURN OFF THE BACK UP AND YOU SEE HOW MOST OF THESE SO CALL TALENTS ARE BACKED UP TO MAKE THEM SOUND PLEASING TO THE EAR ANOTHER PREDICTABLE SOAP

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Andy Swift

Posted at 2:48 PM on October 11, 2012  

Did the pilot not have enough caps lock for you?

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