The broadcast networks plan to introduce more than 20 new shows this fall and TV critic Chuck Barney and Assistant Features Editor Ardua Harris have been checking out early versions of the pilot episodes. Full reviews will be forthcoming, but for now, they're making some snap judgments:
The show: "Nashville" (ABC)
Airs: 10 p.m. Wednesdays (Premiere date TBA)
What's it about: A fading country music superstar (Connie Britton) and young upstart (Hayden Panettiere) collide. City politics, family issues and romantic entanglements serve as subplots.
He says: I always love me some Connie Britton, but this show is better than I expected. The "All About Eve" vibe is intriguing, though Hayden could take the cattiness down a notch or two.
She says: After a slow start, the show finally gets to the soapy goodness in the second half. My interest is piqued enough to watch another episode.