Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, Powers Boothe, Charles Esten, Eric Close, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson
Go ahead, tease us all you wantâ€”Nashville, ABC's freshman country music soap, is the year's ultimate guilty pleasure, and we're not afraid to say it.
Admittedly, the initial attraction came from the proposition of watching dueling diva-beauties Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere try to outwit and out-sexy each other as an aging country superstar and a chart-topping newbie, respectively. Color us pleasantly surprised, then, that Nashville is much more than a two-hander. Britton and Panettiere are both top-notch, but co-stars like Clare Bowen (as a lovesick poet/songwriter) and Charles Esten (as a veteran guitarist with a contemptuous past) are just as solid.
Covering the city's shady political dealings, the music industry's ability to corrupt, and the pitfalls of infidelity, Nashville is a multi-layered drama that's infinitely better than its wannabe-Dallas veneer would lead you to believe.