In today's headlines from Los Angeles, E.L. James has a new Fifty Shades of Grey journal coming out, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner get affectionate at a benefit, Blake Lively supports Ryan Reynolds, and more!
In today's lead story out of Los Angeles, stars Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, and Mindy Kaling all spoke with us on the PaleyFest red carpet, and you'll never believe who Hayden wants as a guest star on Nashville.
PaleyFest hosted a red carpet and panel discussion with the cast of Nashville at the Saban Theatre yesterday in LA, and we were on hand to chat with the stars of the drama. The show returns to the airwaves on March 27, and the cast gave us some clues about what to expect from the show's many romantic entanglements. They also weighed in on what they've heard about the show getting picked up for a second season and the rumors of a Nashville concert tour. We also got the scoop on a few famous faces who will be appearing on the series before this season comes to a close. Here are some highlights:
- It was recently announced that The O.C. alum Chris Carmack will be joining the cast as Scarlett's new neighbor. While Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio were both mum on whether his arrival will spell trouble for their relationship, Sam did say that his brother's death will create some tension between them. "It's gonna be hard," Sam told us. "He ends up taking it out on Scarlett a little bit."
- The cast wouldn't confirm or deny the possibility of a future Nashville concert tour. During the panel, Charles Estes said, "I know there’s talk about it, but it’s in vague stages . . . but there’s nothing very concrete about it.”
- Connie Britton told us she is all for things between Deacon and Rayna heating up. "Oh, I'm pro. I'm pro all of it," she told us on the red carpet. "I love Deacon and Rayna together."
- The series has already had some famous faces from the music world stop by, and there are clearly more to come. Clare told us she's been working with Vince Gill and would love to see Dolly Parton on a future episode. Meanwhile, Hayden Panettiere joked with us that she'd like to see Diddy and Juliette do a duet.
Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood shined on the Country Music Association Awards red carpet, then headed inside Nashville's Bridgestone Arena to honor the genre's best music of the year. Carrie shared hosting honors with Brad Paisley, and the duo ran a joke-filled show that even included a "Gangnam Style" spoof. Neither Carrie nor Taylor ended up taking home a prize, but both took the stage to perform. Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Nashville's Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere were on hand, too.
Many stars were thrilled with their victories. Miranda Lambert got emotional when she and husband Blake Shelton won song of the year for their duet, "Over You." Blake was the evening's biggest winner with a total of three new statues, and was also crowned entertainer of the year.
In ABC's new drama Nashville, Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere play a pair of country singers who don't exactly get along right away; Juliette (Panettiere) is a sassy ingenue who's ready to challenge Rayna (Britton) as the reigning queen of country music. That said, the actresses promise their characters aren't exactly rivals — in fact, they might just become friends. See what the ladies had to say at a recent press day for the show, including who inspires them in the country music world. Nashville premieres tonight on ABC.
Musical TV series are all the rage right now, so it's no surprise that ABC is getting in on the action with new series Nashville. The drama stars TV veterans Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as a pair of singers that butt heads when their record label tries to bring them together, while also giving us a peek at what happens behind the scenes of the country music industry. Read up before the show premieres on Thursday.
- What it's about: Set in the country music capital, Nashville follows a handful of musicians (and their connections) as they struggle to make it (or just stay afloat) in the industry. Britton leads the pack as Rayna James, an aging superstar who's losing fans to younger, sexier singers like bratty Juliette Barnes (Panettiere). As Rayna struggles to keep her family and career intact, Juliette's wrestling with her own demons and family issues, and we learn that she's really just a kid beneath her sassy exterior.
- Where it works: If you're a fan of American Horror Story or Friday Night Lights, you know what a joy it is to see Britton in action. She's a perfect fit for Rayna, whom you root for but never pity, even when her manager tries to force her to tour with Juliette to sell records. To that point, Panettiere is well cast as Rayna's biggest threat, and the tension between the two is fun to watch. The music is also woven in pretty seamlessly, which is a refreshing change from shows like Glee and Smash.
- Where it doesn't: We're introduced to a lot of characters in the pilot (which isn't a bad thing), but a lot of the guys look the same, and as silly as it sounds, it made it difficult to keep all the story lines straight. There's also a political story line involving Rayna's father and husband, which felt like an unnecessary (and frankly, boring) subplot.
- When it's on: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC
- You might like this show if: You thought Country Strong would work better as a TV show than a movie.
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Glamour's production of "These Girls" brought many famous faces out to Joe's Pub in NYC last night. Olivia Wilde had boyfriend Jason Sudeikis by her side when she wasn't delivering her monologue on stage, and Amy Poehler met up with friends inside the event. Amy posed with Rashida Jones and Aubrey Plaza after working on They Came Together earlier in the day. Connie Britton, who has the season premiere of Nashville hitting the small screen tomorrow, mingled with Carla Gugino while America Ferrera chatted up Rachel Dratch and Glamour's editor in chief, Cindi Leive. America and Amy kicked off their week at the event following a weekend in upstate New York, where they attended the wedding of Amber Tamblyn and David Cross. Also on hand for the funny evening were Meryl Streep's daughters, Mamie and Grace Gummer, Alexa Chung, Coco Rocha, and Ari Graynor.
The Emmys fun continued even after the show was over, with parties all across LA. Winners, including Jon Cryer, Jon Stewart, and Julie Bowen, brought their statues along to celebrate at the annual Governors Ball. Mad Men's January Jones and Elisabeth Moss chatted at the bash, and outstanding supporting actor winner Aaron Paul got love from fiancée Lauren Parsekian. Heidi Klum got in on the action despite Project Runway losing for the eighth time, and Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet proudly showed off his latest statue.
Another crop of stars showed up at LA's Pacific Design Center for HBO's official post-Emmys fete. Claire Danes cozied up to husband Hugh Dancy and her gold at a table with friends while Julianne Moore and Sofia Vergara celebrated nearby. Alexander Skarsgard, Ashlee Simpson, and Lucy Liu mingled inside, and Girls' Lena Dunham made an appearance in her Prada gown.
The party-hopping continued at a Fox-hosted event, where Sofia and Julie shared a laugh and Zooey Deschanel posed with pal Mindy Kaling. Homeland's Morena Baccarin stopped to talk with her costar Claire, and Zachary Quinto congratulated Jessica Lange on her big win. Not ready for the small-screen excitement to end? Check out all the pictures from the 2012 Emmys!
American Horror Story: Asylum's Connie Britton is up for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie at the 2012 Emmys, though she took time on the red carpet to fill us in on her upcoming drama, Nashville. Hear her talk about the incredible original music that will be featured in the show and how she has a hand in creating the "special" arrangements of the songs.