Jan 19 2013

Logan Carmichael: Review of ABC’s new series “Nashville”

I have to admit…I’m finding myself obsessed with ABC’s new drama, “Nashville”. This is not my usual type of TV show by any means. I’m usually more into History Channel and A&E shows like American Pickers, Duck Dynasty, and Storage Wars…but I guess in the wake of Fox’s “House, M.D.” ending after eight seasons last year, and my growing lack of interest in CSI, NCSI, etc..etc.. of late, I needed something to fill the void.

The show is based on longtime country star Reyna James (actress Connie Francis of “Friday Night Lights” movie and TV fame) and her family and career. Reyna is facing a fork in the road with her career as well as the competition of new, up-and-coming stars, like Juliette Barnes (actress Hayden Panettiere). Reyna is very similar to your real-life Martina McBride or Faith Hill, the sweet and respected hit-maker ladies of country, whereas Barnes is more your “bad girl” pop-country style gal (think Miranda Lambert or Taylor Swift).

“Nashville” takes you on a journey in the life of these fictional country stars, their family and love lives, and the “insider drama” of the music industry in the world of country music in Nashville, Tenn.

The show has taken many twists and turns since it began last fall, but you’ve still got time to catch up with episodes on ABC’s OnDemand options on cable and on Hulu and other online sources. I HIGHLY recommend checking the show out, if you haven’t already.

If nothing else, the show features some new country music that’s actually performed by the actors — one of which is currently charting on the Billboard Country charts, “Telescope” by Hayden Panettiere.

Nashville airs locally on ABC affiliate News Channel 9 (WTVC – Chattanooga) on Wednesday nights at 9pm CST.

Logan Carmichael is Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of MarionCountyMessenger.com. He is also morning radio host at WTNW-820 AM in Jasper weekdays from 8-10am, as well as on air personality at Brewer Broadcasting’s “Hippie Radio 106.9” in Chattanooga Saturdays from 10am – 7pm EST. Logan has spent the past 20 years in the radio / news media industry both on air and off. He launched MarionCountyMessenger.com in December 2010 to serve the Sequatchie Valley and it’s communities with a local daily news site and alternative to the already present publications in the area.