Public Service Announcement 23 of 2016: Nashville, Beauty and the Baker, One of Us

Top of this list is, of course, returning Unpopcult favourite Nashville, back for season 4. I was delighted when Sky Living bought the rights to the show, because it has a good track record of broadcasting its American imports relatively swiftly after original transmission. This time, though, it’s messed up quite spectacularly; it’s nearly a year since we saw the last episode of season 3, and in the interim Nashville has started and completed its fourth season in America, been cancelled by ABC, and then revived by cable channel CMT, of which I know nothing. (But if Connie’s leaving, I can’t imagine the show has too much of a shelf-life, even with the geniuses behind thirtysomething as showrunners.)

All of which means that it’s been way too long since I had to worry about #Gunnlett, Deacon’s liver, W******’ D*****’ Records, Older Girl, Cadence, dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks Mayor Teddy, and the rest of them. It has to be said that the advance word on this season suggests that, perhaps, Nashville has shot its big rhinestoned bolt, but I don’t care, because I love this show. Weekly reviews as ever (Thursday 25 August, 10pm, Sky Living).

Next up, a couple of shows which started yesterday, both available on catch-up. All 4 has, um, all 10 episodes of Israeli romcom Beauty and the Baker – your guess is, in all likelihood, better than mine. And the latest BBC crime-drama-with-classy-cast One of Us kicks off with the murder of a young couple in Edinburgh, then – as far as I can discern – starts unpacking everyone’s secrets. My hunch – nothing new, probably OK (Tuesdays, 9pm, BBC One).

Also starting: season 3 of highly-rated 80s-set computer drama Halt and Catch Fire (Amazon Prime, from today); season 7 of Rizzoli and Isles (today, 9pm, Alibi); and something about cakes (today, BBC One and everywhere else for weeks and effing weeks, 8pm).

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3 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement 23 of 2016: Nashville, Beauty and the Baker, One of Us

  1. Bill August 25, 2016 / 11:21 am

    I didn’t know that Connie was leaving!

    Can’t quite believe that Mayor Teddy got a mention, while Avery and Will were left out in the cold, and lumped in with “the rest of them”. That’s cold.

  2. Jed Bartlet August 25, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    I didn’t know that Connie was leaving until yesterday. It makes sense that CMT, whoever they are, would want to cut costs. But you’d have to think that it’s the death knell for the show.

  3. CJ Cregg August 25, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Juliette, you guys. Juliette and Avery. If they build the show around them, I think it can survive without Rayna – her storyline has been the same every year for ages after all: torn between two men, ie Deacon and A.N. Other of the Season. Which is not to say I don’t love Connie Britton. I adore the woman. But Nashville stopped writing well for Rayna a long time ago The show’s at its best when it focuses on Hayden Panettiere instead, I think, and she and Jonathan Jackson work brilliantly together. I’m really glad to hear HP’s going to be in all 22 eps of s5. The problem though is that the show spends too much time on other folk who are deeply annoying – Gunnar and Scarlett, the appalling Older Girl, Gunnar’s kid, Luke when he was evil at first before he turned into the world’s nicest guy etc – and if they keep doing that, that’s what’ll eventually kill it.

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