Say hello to the stars of the 2012-2013 TV season!
"Friday Night Lights" veteran Connie Britton is going country for ABC's new musical drama "Nashville." Britton, who was last seen in "American Horror Story," plays country superstar Rayna James opposite a young up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). Britton, who will do her own singing in the series, said she watched a lot of Faith Hill to prepare for the role. See what she had to say about researching the role in the slideshow below.
Over on NBC, the Peacock network is introducing comedies and dramas featuring new stars and returning favorites. "1600 Penn," one of the network's hottest new comedies features "The Book of Mormon" star Josh Gad, TV veteran Jenna Elfman and Bill Pullman as members of the first family of the United States.
Written by Jon Lovett, one of President Obama's speech writers, "1600 Penn" is sort of like "Modern Family" by way of "The West Wing," according to the stars. And what does Obama have to say about it?
"Well, actually, Obama knows about the show," Gad told The Huffington Post. "From what I understand, he's very excited about it and is obviously excited that one of his guys is working on it. I got to tour the White House, which was very cool. I mean it's going to be authentic … to a degree." Gad has a big guest star in mind for "1600 Penn": President Bill Clinton.
"I'd love to see Bill Clinton guest, playing like a janitor or something. Something so crazy, definitely not himself, just something weird," Gad said. "I just think he's a brilliant actor when he actually does it."
For more on the new fall shows -- including medical drama "Do No Harm," which features "Cosby Show" veteran Phylicia Rashad, "Law & Order's" Alana De La Garza and "Rescue Me" star Steven Pasquale and ABC's "666 Park Avenue" with "Lost" star Terry O'Quinn -- click through the slideshow below to see what the stars had to say about their new shows below!
"['Do No Harm'] is a medical thriller that's a reboot of the classic Jekyll and Hyde. If you like 'ER' and like 'Grimm,' that's a classic sort of cross-section of people that are going to love it."
"['Do No Harm'] is like 'Dexter' meets 'House,' that's how I always describe it because it's sexy and gritty and has the procedural medical part, but it's character-driven and inspiring and exciting."
"The quality of the show. Absolutely the quality. I've waited a <em>long</em> time. A long, long, time."
"['Revolution'] is a post-apocalyptic show. It's quite the adventure, there's a lot of trekking around in the woods and discovering new things ... I would say it's for everybody because there's aspects of it that can be addressed to everybody."
"I am playing a villain, yes, a villain that has a little bit of a different flavor than any other villain I've played. The guy's probably been an accountant from Pacoima before he became Captain Neville of the militia. He's graceful, meddling and absolutely a lovely human being until he does something that shocks you."
<strong>The show is for fans of?</strong><br /> Jenna Elfman: "Well, he [Josh Gad] said it's "Modern Family" by way of "The West Wing." Did you tell him that?"<br /> Josh Gad: "Or ... 'Lost' by way of 'Damages.'"<br /> Bill Pullman: "It's being stranded in a very nice place, but with a lot of bad things potentially happening ..."<br /> Elfman: "And then there's a 'Dharma' factor."
"I play a misanthropic veterinarian and there are funny people in it. I should say funny people, I don't know, I just show up with the monkey ... and then lots of animals. It feels like a ticking time bomb. I'm sure I'll be killed or maimed by some sort of snake or tiger."
"'Surprise' is the show I want to be remembered by. It is inspirational. It's basically like 'Oprah's Big Give' meets 'CNN Heroes.' We take people that have done great things in their community and make their dreams come true. It's a real tear-jerker, it's emotional, but I also make it really funny and joke around with people."
Laz Alonso: "The show is about a very wealthy family doing very bad things. Meagan [Good] infiltrates the family to take them down."<br /> Meagan Good: "Yes, but what he didn't mention is that I actually grew up with this family when I was a kid and I haven't seen them in a couple of years. Also, me and Laz's character used to be former flames and haven't spoken in a while since he left San Francisco PD and became FBI. Now he comes in and recruits me so there's a lot of ... awkward tension."
"It's an ensemble show -- we're going to get to know these characters very well as the show progresses. They drop things into the pilot, we get to see the situation where they are, what they're dealing with and then as we go along we're going to become more and more attached to them. When they are in life-threatening situations, you really feel like you're there along with them and you're really rooting for them. It's a great piece and I think we've got a great cast, really good writing and the show's going to have some legs."
"'Chicago Fire' is -- it's going to be like 'ER' but in the firehouse. A wide variety and a very beautiful cast, but at the same time huge characters."
"[The firemen we trained with] said, 'You can do four hours, six hours, eight hours.' I said 'How long's a shift?' and they said, '24.' I said 'Can we do 24?' and they were like, 'Yeah.' So there we were bunking in the house. One house we went in, I said, 'Is this like we're doing a sleepover?' and they're like, 'Don't ever call this a sleepover ever again.' They were tough guys, good guys."
"Well, I did a lot of singing lessons, that was the most important thing. I watched a lot of videos -- a lot of Faith Hill, some Bonnie Raitt, although she usually plays the guitar, which, unfortunately, I am not capable of doing, Reba McEntire. Actually, country music hasn't been my background from the music standpoint, so I really needed to just immerse myself as much as I could, so that was it. And then spending as much time as I could at the Grand Ole Opry while we were in Nashville. That helped a lot."
"[The role] seemed like it was well written, it was different. It looked like the character had a lot of levels to play -- nice and very not nice."
<strong>On watching New Jersey reality shows for inspiration:</strong> <br /> "I have a lot of trashy friends that are really into reality TV, they were like 'OK, here's the rundown, you need to see 'Jerseylicious,' the 'Housewives of New Jersey' -- they're the most addictive things. They're total like -- nothing happens. Half of it you think that must be scripted because there's no way people are brawling in a pub right now. It's just so interesting. You can't stop watching, I love it."
<strong>On playing characters based on the creators of "Partners":</strong><br /> "It was pretty cool -- I get to be Max Mutchnick, which is a lot of fun and it comes with a lot of inspiration. Both of those guys are so funny in life and their dynamic together is so ... they are joke writers extraordinaire and they make funny constantly."
<strong>On playing characters based on the creators of "Partners":</strong><br /> "It'll be interesting to mine their relationship further as the show goes further because they put on a show. They don't know it -- but maybe they do -- their working relationship is very out there for everyone to see and it's hilarious."
<strong>On nervousness taking on the role of Watson: <br /></strong> "It's high risk and I think that that always makes you kind of stand up and think 'Oh gosh, should I get on the ledge or not?' Isn't life about risk? Especially our business of acting, you kind of have to take the leap."
<strong>On nervousness taking on the role of Sherlock: <br /></strong> "Yes, absolutely. It's like two sides to it: You're nervous because of that and then there's such a rich character and there's so much information that you can get from the books that helps you out so much ... I think there's a reason these stories keep being retold and redone because they're great characters. It's like Hamlet, or people wanting to play the Shakespearean parts a lot. Good stories come back and good characters come back. They're great characters to be able to play so that nervousness is the same as if you were doing Shakespeare."
<strong>On Ralph Lamb, the inspiration for "Vegas": <br /></strong> "He was a real guy. A fourth generation rancher who reluctantly became the sheriff of Las Vegas because of this big influx of ... planes were flying over his land, disturbing his cattle and the mob was coming in. A lot of the locals didn't like the way things turned out. I went out and met him in Las Vegas. He took me out to dinner to one of his old haunts with, actually, one of his old mob cohorts. They're good friends now."
"It's a fascinating backdrop for a television series. Las Vegas in 1960 and you've got real-life sheriff who reluctantly became the sheirff to sort of protect his interests as a rancher, played by Dennis [Quaid], a guy named Ralph Lamb."