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A drama about country music may not sound like a surefire television winner. But Nashville, which premieres tonight on More4 (10pm), is the perfect treatment of a musical genre that is knee-deep in rhinestones and showbiz – all strong female leads with closets full of skeletons, and story arcs that would make its E4 stablemate Revenge look like a gritty docusoap.
Connie Britton plays Rayna James, who has hit career deadlock: the reigning queen of country who has never made the Shania Twain-style crossover into the pop charts. In a meeting with various dough-faced record company men, she is told that her latest album's a stiff and tickets for her concerts aren't selling as quickly as they should. Her Reba McEntire-esque music is starting to look increasingly antique.