“When I started reading Ms. Magazine when I was 16 years old, I knew, Oh, there’s a name for this. I didn’t know before that, but I knew I had some pretty serious discussions with people about women’s place in the world and had some serious brushing up against authority issues. There’s a lot of head-shaking and forehead-slapping when you start to realize just how deep-seated misogyny can be, how systemic and entrenched certain modes of thinking are that are still very much alive. …”
– This is Callie Khouri, the creator of “Nashville,” my new favorite show of the fall season. (And not just because I want to knock down Connie Britton and steal her pretty hair.) It’s a complex drama that’s more smart than soap-y, with fabulous glittery costumes and country music to boot. It also occurred to me after watching the first four episodes that “Nashville” passes ‘the Bechdel test’ with flying colors. It has more than two women who talk to each other about something other than a man all the time. No surprise here that Khouri is a feminist. [NYMag.com]
“Dillon is a classic American town filled with hard-working, middle-class Americans, who just want to lead productive, healthy lives. And the women we represented on the show — the women we are in real life — are like the millions of women across the nation. Women who want to make our own health care decisions. Women who want to earn equal pay for the work we do. Women who want affordable health care. In fact, it is President Obama who has shown his values to be more closely aligned with those represented by the phrase. … So as women, let’s take ‘Clear Eyes, Full Hearts’ back and use it as it was always intended — as a motivator for progress, power, and greatness.”
– “Nashville” star Connie Britton and her former “Friday Night Lights” executive producer Sarah Aubrey penned an op-ed for USA Today taking Mitt Romney to task for co-opting the show’s slogan ”Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” for his campaign. Tami Taylor is not happy, y’all! She explains how Obama’s positions on issues like fair pay, reproductive choice, and affordable health care would have helped various different characters on the show in real life. [USA Today] [Photo: Splash News]
Every episode of “Nashville” brings me such joy. I love that there are musical interludes but that the entire show isn’t just one song-and-dance number after the other. I love that everyone is genuinely talented — this is hardly a David Silver-becomes-a-rapper situation; everyone who sings on the show, from Her Royal Highness Connie Britton to Hayden Panettiere to Sam Palladio to the cuties who play Rayna Jaymes’ kids, actually has a genuine set of pipes. Anyway, let’s get to the recap of last night’s episode! Keep reading »
Well, the premiere episode wasn’t a fluke — “Nashville” is the best show of the fall season and episode two did not disappoint. Grab yourself a tumbler of whiskey and let’s recap some of the best moments from last night’s episode!
Rayna’s begrudgingly supporting her husband Teddy’s bid for mayor, at least in public, but behind the scenes is steaming mad that her JR Ewing-esque daddy Lamar is so dismissive of her own career and is using Teddy as his puppet. After all, now is not the time for her to slack off — her new album hasn’t sold well, her tour doesn’t have the support of her label, and conniving pop-country upstart Juliette Barnes is after her man. Her band leader and former flame, Deacon, that is, who’s already fallen prey to Juliette’s feminine wiles and is possibly on the brink of being own over by her money too. In the clip above, Juliette and Deacon (playing a pricey new guitar she bought for him) practice a duet in the back of a pickup truck by a lake because obviously. Keep reading »
With the cold winter months approaching, it’s time to heat things up. Our new newsletter, Hump Day Hotties, will bring our favorite eye candy directly into your inbox every Wednesday. (Subscribe here!) Feel free to drool. We won’t judge.
Oh, hello there, handsome. Playing a little love song on that gui-tar, are ya? Is it about me? Guess not. Sigh.
Meet Sam Palladio, your new country ballad-singin’ crush. Actually, he just plays a country ballad singer on TV, as Gunnar Scott on our new favorite show “Nashville.” But get this — the actor, who previously appeared on “Episodes,” is actually British. That panty-droppin’ country twang is actually fake. What isn’t fake is his ability to sing a tune. In the series premiere of “Nashville,” Sam played the guitar and sang (along with Claire Bowen) the Civil Wars’ gorgeous song “If I Didn’t Know Better.” Watch it after the jump — and then click through a few more photos of the dashing and dreamy Sam above! Keep reading »
Nashville is quite possibly the most buzzworthy town in America right now, with a new primetime drama named after it and a spate of famous residents like Taylor Swift and Nicole Kidman singing its praises. At the beginning of this month, my boyfriend Nick and I took a long-awaited trip to this awesome city with three goals: eat good barbecue, hear some live bluegrass music, and hang out with Jack White. We accomplished two out of three. Read on to find out which ones… Keep reading »
As y’all know (sorry, I’ll stop with the y’alls, I swear), I’m a hardcore fan of Connie Britton, so nothing was going to turn me off to her new show, “Nashville.” I also happen to be one of those California-raised Northeast transplants that fetishizes the South. I melt the moment Blake Shelton opens his mouth. I love to karaoke Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That.” Those accents are an instant panty dropper for me. I’ve never been anywhere in Texas besides their various airports, but I still like to say “Texas forever.” Don’t even get me started on Johnny, Dolly, Patsy, Waylon, and Merle, okay? You get the point. So a nighttime soap starring Connie Britton as a country star? Giddyup, I’m there. The great news is that “Nashville” is as good as the hype suggested, and features a complicated cast of characters and a multi-layered storyline that makes it so much more than “Smash” gone country. Let’s recap! Keep reading »
Nashville will no longer sit by and fulfill your stereotype of a sleepy country music town populated by starving songwriters in cowboy boots with acoustic guitars. Rather, it’s a city that’s fast-tracking itself to become the South’s most thriving metropolis, with flourishing new neighborhoods offering the best in music, food, and culture, all without sacrificing the heritage of southern hospitality and charm. (It’s also the setting of the new ABC drama “Nashville,” starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, which premieres tonight at 10/9C.) The next time you stop through, make sure to sample the diverse atmosphere and discover what each corner of Music City has to offer. Keep reading »
Dear Tami Taylor, I mean Mrs. Coach, I mean Connie Britton,
Well, I guess I should start by apologizing. I’m sorry for always calling you by the name of a character you played on a TV show that has been sadly off the air for over a year. You are Connie Britton, you are not Tami Taylor, wife of Coach Eric Taylor, mother to Julie Taylor and that kind of funny looking baby, and guidance counselor/principal to hundreds of teenagers in Dillon, Texas. (My therapist told me I should repeat this to myself as often as necessary, until it sticks.) It’s hard to separate you from Tami because Tami is the awesomest and you were so awesome at playing her that sometimes I forget the show was fiction, not a documentary about a place where the world revolves around high school football and a tall drink of sensitive man water named Tim Riggins. Is it okay, though, that I still ask myself, when I’m in a pickle, “What would Tami Taylor do?” I hope so. You, I mean she is so helpful!
So with that apology out of the way, I just want to tell you, Connie Britton, on the eve of your new ABC show “Nashville,” that I love you. Like, I wish you were my best friend, older sister, and first lesbian experience wrapped up in one person, which is really confusing and sort of weird, and it’s further complicated by the fact that I want to be you too. Don’t run away. Stay with me here. Keep reading »
I spent the weekend in Nashville, listening to bluegrass jam bands, googling “Where do Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman hang out?” and eating way more BBQ than any human being should consume in such a short time period. It was glorious. I loved the city, and was totally inspired by the fashion, which is such a fun mix of feminine southern belle style and edgier, trendy pieces. Read on to find out how to get the Nashville look for yourself… Keep reading »