Connie Britton Cast as Lead in Nashville

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Actress Connie Britton, best known as Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights, has been cast as the lead in Nashville, the upcoming ABC pilot about a washed-up country music star who tries to wrest her way back into the spotlight by tagging along with a bright young up-and-comer. Basically Country Strong for television.

My favorite bit of casting, though, is Sam Palladio as “Gunnar Scott.” Why is it my favorite? Because of the four other credits the actor has to his name, one is “Joe Strummer” and one is just “Rockabilly.” They hired an actor with this particular look for a reason, so if "Gunnar Scott" doesn’t live in East Nashville and collect barnstars, I will consider the show an abject failure.

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