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The Weekend Playlist: Finales (Girls, Banshee) and March Madness

Antony Starr

Things get awfully bloody on Friday with the explosive first-season finale of Cinemax's violent noir Banshee (10/9c), in which shootouts and long-simmering feuds leave such a gory trail that it almost puts to shame a new episode of Starz' reliably visceral Spartacus: War of the Damned (9/8c).

"I must admit, you have an admirable knack for survival," understates the lethal ...
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New Season Reviews: Nashville, Arrow, Chicago Fire

Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton

Though the TV season is already a few weeks old, tonight counts as one of the biggest rollouts of fall, with three high-profile premieres on three networks, including my favorite pilot of an admittedly anemic batch.

Even in a better season, ABC's Nashville (10/9c) would stand out, making beautiful music and juicy drama with its sensationally entertaining medley of backstage rivalries, family and political shenanigans, and enough sexy-sudsy twists to transform Music City into Sin City. Can you enjoy Nashville if country music isn't your thing? read more

How Primetime Is Getting A Little Bit Country

Connie Britton

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."

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Showtime Boss on Weeds, Big C Endings and Dexter's "Game-Changing" Season

Mary-Louise Parker, Laura Linney

Showtime finished its 2011-2012 season with nearly 22 million subscribers and 22 Emmy nominations, with five of those in the four leading acting categories. Much of that honor goes to freshman drama Homeland, which is the most-nominated series for the network.

After sneak-previewing trailers for two upcoming series -- Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan -- David Nevins, Showtime's president of entertainment addressed this season's farewells to The Big C and Weeds and teased what's coming up for Dexter and Homeland, both of which will return on Sept. 30.

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Critic's Notebook: The ABC's of TCA

Modern Family

Where were you when the Modern Family talent deal finally went down? If you were a member of the Television Critics Association, or one of the creators of ABC's most popular and acclaimed comedy, you were at the network's Friday night post-press tour party. You could actually feel the tension go out of the room — a tension that had clouded much of ABC's TCA day, a major distraction for entertainment president Paul Lee, who tersely deflected questions about cast negotiations during his press session. read more

Exclusive: Nashville Channels Country Star Hank Williams

Connie Britton

Move over, Smash and Glee: ABC's new series Nashville will soon be entering the musical spotlight.

Taking a cue from series like Desperate Housewives, One Tree Hill and Eli Stone, ABC's new country-music drama will be using the names of songs as its episode titles. To that end, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively that the second episode of the new series will be titled... read more

You Don’t Have to Like Country Music to Like ABC’s Nashville, Y’all!

Connie Britton

Nashville has long been known as the unofficial capital of country music, but ABC's new series of the same name is about much more than just singing about heartbreak and cheating spouses.

"There's music, there's drama, there's the family story," executive producer R.J. Cutler told reporters Friday at ABC's Television Critics Association fall TV previews. "You're in the music business world. You're in the political world, but.... read more

VIDEO: Get Your First Look at ABC's New Series Nashville, Last Resort and More

Nashville

ABC has released trailers for its new fall series, including Nashville, The Neighbors and Last Resort, as well as previews for new midseason shows, such as How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life). Check out the videos below.

Nashville is a family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows two musicians, one who's already a star (Connie Britton) and the other who's on the rise... read more

ABC Orders Connie Britton Drama, Sarah Chalke Comedy and 7 More to Series

Connie Britton

ABC has joined in on the pre-Upfronts presentations fray by ordering five new series.

On the drama side, ABC has ordered... read more

Pilot Season: FNL, American Horror Story's Connie Britton Joins ABC's Nashville

Connie Britton

Connie Britton won't be off your TV screen for very long. She has just landed the lead in ABC's Nashville pilot.

The family soap takes place among the Nashville music scene. Britton plays... read more

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