Nashville, the city, and Nashville, the country music industry, are expecting big things from Nashville, the new fall drama from ABC. The serialized drama, which stars Connie Britton as an country singer juggling her home life and struggling to remain a relevant artist, might not have made it on the air a few years ago.
But just as country music is moving toward the mainstream, the mainstream is gravitating toward country music — and TV execs, hungry for audiences, are eager to tap into country's loyal fan base. "We know from our proprietary research that about 96 million Americans qualify as country music fans, based on their listening habits and purchase behavior," says Country Music Association marketing director Cory Chapman. "That leads to a big opportunity for a network to go after that audience."
No offense, all other singing competitions, but Duets' judges have totally won us over.
Seriously, TV? You couldn't give us 24 hours to catch our breath from the season that just ended with a frenetic bang Wednesday night:
Given Kelly Clarkson's urgent cries, one expects a fleet of beefy bodyguards to rush the pop star's dressing room on the set of her new ABC summer series, Duets. But as the seconds tick by, the only one bolting through the open door is Clarkson's teacup Maltese, who's decided to go exploring down the hall. "Security!" the singer yells again, calling after the spirited, ironically named pint-size pup. His escape quickly foiled, the...