Rayna (Connie Britton) and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) went head to head, and eventually mic to mic, on the Nov. 28 episode of Nashville. After a heated showdown between the dueling divas, they ultimately made nice and performed a killer song they wrote together. Dare I say they actually seemed to have fun? I give ’em about two more episodes before they’re back at each other’s throats and all is right with the world.
After weeks of awkward sexual tension between Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Eston), the country queen finally made a declaration on the Nov. 7 episode of Nashville: Her marriage to Teddy (Eric Close) is the most important thing to her. And she sealed it with a ‘click,’ rejecting Deacon’s late-night phone call — from jail.
“Mommy issues” doesn’t even begin to describe the Oct. 24 episode of Nashville. Not only did Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) have a messy confrontation with her crack-head mother, but Rayna (Connie Britton) discovered a shocking secret about her own — and it turns out the adulterous apple doesn’t fall from the tree.
At first it seemed like Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) vendetta against Rayna (Connie Britton) was purely motivated by a drive to succeed in country music, but the Oct. 17 episode of Nashville revealed the real reason behind the ladies’ feud: Deacon (Charles Esten). And marriage be damned, Rayna definitely came out the victor this week.
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.
ABC’s Nashville — the story of seasoned country music veteran Rayna James (Connie Britton), and her rivalry with twenty-something pop-country phenomenon Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) — is, hands down, my favorite new drama of the fall TV season. And I don’t even like country music! It’s that good.