Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere star in Nashville with the first season taking the two stars on a whirlwind tour together to make their careers take off.
Film making 4/5
Bonus Features 3/5
Recommendation 4/5 Stars
Seasoned veteran country singer Rayna James finds her tour in the dumps with sales dropping while young newcomer Juliette Barnes makes all the mistakes new stars are known for. Arrests and booze complicate her life so Juliette needs to get serious with her career with her record label putting the two stars together on tour.
It may take a full season but Juliette and Rayna do go on tour together but with Rayna’s pending divorce and her husband’s election to mayor of Nashville her part in the tour is very hit and miss. Juliette has no lack of drama as well with her drug and alcohol addicted mother trying to get back in her life when she quits abusing and a scam that robs her of half a million dollars.
Nashville is a very fast paced series with plenty of ego fighting between not only the main characters but between several of the secondary ones that give even more drama to the plot. Nashville is all about the break into big time and working hard to keep it not only for the stars of country music but for their families, friends and rivals.
I had no intention of reviewing the first season of Nashville when I got the press release but when the marketing agent asked me directly I said sure. I was not thrilled at first but did enjoy the first season much more than I thought I would.
Good looking women do not hurt but the main attraction of Nashville is the interaction and character development that the great actors work through. Nashville has plenty of drama and some oddball plot points here and there but it’s the characters that are at the heart of the show.
Nashville does have an occasional odd plot twist that you don’t see coming and I found several that were pretty interesting to come across. Aside from the great stories and even better characters you do get the good songs of both rock and country with some pop thrown in.
Who knew that Hayden Panettiere could actually sing but looking her up she has released some songs and sung several times in movies such as A Bugs Life. There are other stars that are song release worthy such as Jonathon Jackson who plays Avery Barkley.
Nashville is a pretty good show and even if you’re not interested in country music the series does have plenty of drama and mixed music genres. Nashville: The Complete First Season on DVD has 21 episodes on 5 discs and has some great looking video and excellent audio.
Video is great but not as good as Blu-ray so you get as good as you’re ever going to get on DVD along with the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound track. They did an excellent job at getting the series down pat for quality without any problems to speak of.
Bonus features are pretty good and about average if not a bit above with three major features including Nashville Comes to Nashville, On The Record B-Side and Stellas on Tour. The three bonus features are making of and a silly extra for the Stella sisters that are good and well worth watching with the bloopers and deleted scenes just being okay.
Nashville is actually a pretty good series and well worth catching on DVD for an entertaining show that adds country music to the drama of singer stardom.
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