abc developing new ‘nashville’ drama

hot young actors hayden panettiere of heroes fame and general hospital‘s jonathan jackson are heading to primetime in a new abc drama called nashville.  set against the backdrop of the nashville music scene, the show is described as a family soap about love, country music, and politics.  the show centers around a 40 year-old country superstar rayna james who’s star is fading and sales of her latest record have been less than spectacular.  her record label wants to align her with new teen sensation juliette barnes (played by panettiere) on a tour.

this will not be panettiere’s first foray into music.  she released a single in 2008 called “wake up call.”

rj cutler will direct, lionsgate & abc studios will produce, and the screenplay has been written by oscar-winning thelma & louise writer callie khouri.  other stars confirmed are the wire‘s robert wisdom, deadwood‘s powers boothe, and the hour‘s sam palladio.  the show is currently in development.

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