Thursday, October 11, 2012

Top 5 Reasons Why "Nashville" Isn't Like Nashville At All

Yes, I watched it and I am not ashamed.
Normally, I'm not a TV loving kind of girl. Aside from the Food Network, I'm usually so unimpressed with the low-hanging fruit we call television programming to the extent that I've given up on all but a few shows.

That said, after living in Nashville for the past six years and falling in love with this wonderful city, when I saw the promos for the show "Nashville" I got really excited. The music industry is such a big part of our everyday lives, even for those of us who don't work in it, that it's fun to have a show about out fine city. JL and I spent most of the show yelling, "I WORKED THERE" "MY OLD APARTMENT IS RIGHT AROUND THAT CORNER!!" etc.
However, there were five very distinct things that seperated the REAL Nashville from "Nashville" and here they are:
Top 5 Reasons Why "Nashville" isn't like Nashville at all:
5. The show made the Bluebird cafe look larger than it is and had lots of young people in it
4. There was no traffic to be seen in any of the shots near the Bluebird. Green Hills always has traffic.
3. NO famous musicians live in Edgehill. Singer trying to get a record deal, maybe. Famous people live in the Gulch which is NOT the same as Edgehill. Furthermore, there are no mansions downtown or near Edgehill.
2. There was no evidence of hipsters in the show, even though in real life I would say that hipsters out number country music fans 4:1.
1. Taylor Swift and Faith Hill are not on the same record label... Because really this show is just Faith Hill v Taylor Swift if Faith were the daughter of a Vanderbilt and Taylor were shorter.

Overall, I thought it was an interesting show with potential, but I'm not hooked... yet at least. I think I'll give it one more shot.
How about you? Did you see it?
Love it or hate it? 


Laura said...

I disagree. :)

I think it was definitely different than real nashville life, but it had real nashville locations, portrayed a pretty good glimpse into how the industry works (i.e. being songwriters, cutting songs, etc).

for me the least accurate part was "lets go get a drink at Tootsie's." HA. But I suppose if you're old-school Nashville like her character is supposed to be, you might go to the honkeytonks.

But even if it were totally inaccurate altogether I would still watch it because I ADORE Connie Britton. SHe is the best ever. Mostly because she is mrs. coach in Friday Night Lights, but she plays a similar character in Nashville and I love it.

I think it's really got potential.

Also they always manage to make the Bluebird look bigger than it is in photos, etc...but it is tiny. haha.

AND there was a Civil Wars song. Really, where's bad?

But let's face it, I love TV more than you. :)

Nicole Jeannette said...

I need to try Friday Night Lights. Everyone is talking about it and I need to give it shot!

And I agree that it's fun look into the industry. Perhaps my title was a bit deceptive because in a lot of ways it was realistic, but in those five ways, not at all (to me at least) haha! I kept thinking WHERE ARE THE HIPSTERS!

I think it has a ton of potential, but I wasn't wowed. Let's watch it together sometime!

unknownjim said...

Wow, Nicole, good call on the the Taylor Swift vs. Faith Hill. I thought the show was entertaining for the most part but as I thought about it after watching it, I told my wife "This is just a soap opera based in Nashville." And there's nothing really special or creative about that. So I doubt I'll watch it again. Good post!

Unknown said...

Definitely see Friday Night Lights! The acting is superb, and it feels way too real to be scripted, it's so good.

I didn't see "Nashville" yet, but I definitely had to drive to work through the traffic that ensued at the Music Row roundabout while they were filming segments on Demonbreun and at the statues. That was rough and I didn't see Hayden, so I decided this show must not be for me. Oh well. X_X

AbbieBabble said...

I haven't watched Nashville yet, but I know exactly how you feel- I always feel the same way when shows are set in Boston.

Now you've made me want to go watch it!