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'Nashville' Premiere: It's Not As Simple As Connie Britton Vs. Hayden Panettiere (VIDEO)

10/11/2012 05:19 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

One of the most highly anticipated new series of the fall, ABC's "Nashville," made its premiere Wednesday night. The musical drama pits a seasoned country music legend against a new, much younger crossover pop-country belle. Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere wasted no time in the premiere making it very clear how their characters felt about one another.

In their first meeting, Juliette Barnes (Panettiere) first dissed Rayna James (Britton) by ignoring her completely, and then told her "a charming story" about her mother listening to Rayna's music when Juliette was in the womb.

The two shared a label as the episode premiered, though its new head wanted to pair the two of them up as co-headliners on a tour -- with Juliette performing second. Instead of signing on, Rayna walked out. Now she's in need of a plan, while her father is working his own agenda. He convinced Rayna's husband to make a run for mayor.

All of this is handled with believable character moments. As HuffPost TV's Maureen Ryan wrote, "'Nashville' manages to be unforced and unhurried, yet it percolates with purposeful energy, and it smoothly introduces a series of characters who seem lived-in and real."

Will you be back for more "Nashville," Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC?

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