Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, Powers Boothe, Charles Esten, Eric Close, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson
Premiere date: October 10
Allow us to lower our brows here for a second: In no way does our interest in Nashville reflect any excitement in watching actresses sing country tunes and engage in melodrama. No, the reason why this ABC's new series about a couple of dueling music industry divas is so high on this list is easily explained, as follows: It's an excuse to watch gorgeous cougar Connie Britton (hot off last year's American Horror Story run) and pint-sized beauty Hayden Panettiere get all feisty in what's hopefully a no-holds-barred match of attitude, ruthless one-ups, and glamorous, tight dresses. Any storytelling panache will be a welcome bonus.