After this Sunday’s season premiere of 666 Park Avenue, there’s a good chance that ABC might be shaking in their boots. Finding the same ratings basically on par with ill-fated airplane drama Pan Am, the series failed to really make a name for itself despite some pretty heavy promotion and fan-favorite lead-ins. While an early online premiere to get buzz going wasn’t out of the question, the pilot is one of the few exceptions this season to have the online premiere ahead of time or even a free download on iTunes.
But it seems ABC won’t be pulling the same move twice…especially when it comes to the acclaimed upcoming new drama Nashville. Taking Revenge‘s old Wednesday spot, it seems ABC doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice. So today, the network has decided to deliver on the same method they used to promote their other newcomer Last Resort and has posted the pilot for Nashville online less than one week in advance. See the full episode for yourself:
Chart-topping Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) is a country legend who’s had a career any singer would envy, though lately her popularity is starting to wane. Fans still line-up to get her autograph, but she’s not packing the arenas like she used to. Rayna’s record label thinks a concert tour, opening for up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the young and sexy future of country music, is just what Rayna needs. And scheming Juliette can’t wait to steal Rayna’s spotlight. But sharing a stage with that disrespectful, untalented, little vixen is the last thing Rayna wants to do, which sets up a power struggle for popularity. Could the undiscovered songwriting talent of Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen) be the key to helping Rayna resurrect her career?
Rayna’s wealthy, but estranged, father Lamar Hampton (Powers Boothe) is a powerful force in business, Tennessee politics, and the lives of his two grown daughters. His drive for power results in a scheme to back Rayna’s handsome husband Teddy, in a run for Mayor of Nashville, against Rayna’s wishes.
Set against the backdrop of Nashville’s thriving contemporary music scene, and political world, executive producers Callie Khouri (writer of Thelma & Louise) and RJ Cutler (The September Issue) take you inside the cutthroat world of country music, family, and politics…from the concert tours to the romantic entanglements, to the halls of power and old demons that threaten to derail a career.
Nashville premieres Wednesday October 10th at 10PM only on ABC.