Nashville (3 stars)


Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton star as two country music rivals in this feisty TV series

In the world of country, you might be implored to stand by your man no matter what, but if another woman gets in your way, those cowboy boots suddenly become made for kicking. So, in Nashville, Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) prepare to go at it hammer and songs as bitter rivals on the Grand Ole Opry scene.

Britton plays Rayna Jaymes, a country legend whose appeal is on the wane, while Panettiere is Juliette Barnes, a popular young star trying to usurp the iconic gal’s fame. Little love is lost between them, but fate may be drawing them closer as Jaymes’ record company needs her to support the upstart on tour in order to garner a new audience.

Thankfully, there’s more going on offstage with Barnes trying to fend off her smack-addled mother while Jaymes’ conniving father (Powers Boothe in suitably snake-oil form) is backing her failed businessman husband to run for mayor, for reasons that are totally unclear as yet. As an opening episode, it’s perfectly fine fare and chucks in more ingredients than a southern fried barbecue grill to keep things ticking over.

More4, Thu 7 Feb, 10pm.

Nashville Series Season 1 Promo (ABC)