Is it just us, or have the past few weeks of network television renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups been particularly dramatic? More than any other previous year, the anticipation and anxiety surrounding upfronts has been at fever pitch, with fans of imperiled cult favorites glued to their Twitter feeds for news and a slew of new shows that already have critics and readers talking. The onslaught of announcements has been so intense that even those of us who follow pop culture for a living have had trouble keeping up — so, for the sake of our sanity and yours, we’ve dug through the reports to compile a list of the biggest and most interesting news about the 2012-13 TV season, including trailers for some of the most talked about new series.
Mrs. Coach is becoming a country siren
In the past few years, Connie Britton has become a television MVP. After wrapping up her Emmy-nominated role as Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights, she jumped right to American Horror Story, where she spent a delightfully campy season as a pregnant woman whose husband’s ex-lover (along with a host of other ghosts) is haunting her. Now, ABC has put in a series order for Nashville, a primetime family soap where Britton stars as an aging country singer who’s challenged by a wily, young upstart (Hayden Panettiere). While the setting itself wouldn’t necessarily draw our attention, the tension between Britton and Panettiere in the trailer is perfect, and we’re willing to give anything Mrs. Coach does a shot.