Wednesday, March 7, 2012
"...And Delta Burke...as 'Delilah'...".....
ABC-TV is working on the pilot for a new TV show called Nashville. The Hollywood Reporter describes the series as a “family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene revolving around one star at her peak and another on the rise.”
It remains unofficial, but MusicRow has learned that the pilot episode will be taped in Nashville.
Starring as Rayna, the country singer struggling to stay at the top, will be Connie Britton, known for roles on ABC’s Friday Night Lights and FX’s American Horror Story.
Hayden Panettiere, who first rose to prominence on ABC’s Heros, will play rising star Juliette Barnes.
The project is from ABC Studios, Lionsgate and Gaylord Entertainment, with Gaylord’s Steve Buchanan as an executive producer.
According to THR, on board are writers and executive producers Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) and R.J. Cutler, who will also direct the pilot. Other actors set for the show include Powers Boothe, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Robert Wisdom and Eric Close.
Here's the thing.
Given Hollywood's track record at accurately portraying Nashville, my admittedly unsolicted advice is as follows...
Callie Khouri should revisit her previously successful Thelma and Louise bag of tricks and end the pilot episode (and series, for that matter) with the entire cast driving off a cliff into freeze frame/fade to white.
Water coolers nationwide will be abuzz the next morning discussing the landmark TV show that killed itself off right out of the box.
Admittedly, a series that purposely lasts only one episode isn't going to get much in the way of long term benefit.
But the attention generated here will not only trump any other entertainment news that following morning, it will be the only attention the series would get after the first episode anyway.