Exciting news, Country fans! Our partners at ABC are previewing the full first episodes of two new Country-themed shows at CMA Music Festival. You get to see ’em before they premiere this fall on the network!
On Friday and Saturday, in Rooms 209-210 in the Nashville Convention Center (home of the Fan Fair Hall) you can catch the pilots for “Malibu Country” (the new sitcom starring Reba, Lily Tomlin and Sara Rue; premieres Friday nights in November) and “Nashville” (a new drama starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere; premieres Wednesdays in September).
SCHEDULE OF SCREENINGS
Friday AND Saturday
10:30am – Malibu Country
11:15am – Nashville
12:15pm – Malibu Country
1:00pm – Nashville
2:00pm – Malibu Country
2:45pm – Nashville
3:45pm – Malibu Country
ABOUT THE SHOWS:
When Reba Gallagher (Reba) discovers that her husband, Bobby, (Jeffrey Nordling) a Country Music legend, has a cheatin’ heart, her world is turned upside down. Reba dreamt of becoming a Country star herself, but put her career on hold to raise a family. Now she’s questioning all of that, big-time. With the ink on her divorce barely dry, Reba packs up her sharp-tongued mother, Lillie May (Lily Tomlin), her two kids and the U-Haul and heads for sunny California to begin a new chapter. Leaving Nashville in the rear view, they start over at their Malibu residence — the last remaining asset they have. Reba gets to know her new open and loving neighbor Kim (Sara Rue) and her son, Sage, but also discovers that relocation to Southern California is going to be quite an adjustment for a traditional southern belle: the West Coast seems like the polar opposite of Music City, and Reba feels like an outsider. Still, with the support of her family she sets about finding her voice, jump-starting her music career with the help of her new music agent, Geoffrey (Jai Rodriguez), and embracing this chance to begin again.
View the trailer: http://budurl.com/MalibuCountry
Chart-topping Rayna James (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. But scheming Juliette can’t wait to steal Rayna’s spotlight. 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?
Complicating matters, 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.
View the trailer: http://budurl.com/NashvilleABC
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