Connie Britton’s heading back to television. After a successful stint on FX’s American Horror Story, the Emmy-nominated actress is shifting gears. She’s going from terror to tunes in the country music pilot, Nashville.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nashville is “a family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene revolving around one star at her peak and another on the rise.”
Britton will play a fading superstar named Rayna, while Heroes alum Hayden Panettiere has been cast as up-and-comer Juliette Barnes. Rayna goes on tour with Juliette as a last-ditch effort to boost her popularity.
Throughout her career, Britton has had great success on television and continues to reinvent herself with each show. Last Friday, she appeared at the Paleyfest panel for American Horror Story where she spoke about her love for the medium.
“I do love to work and I love to work in TV,” she said. “It’s finding something that feels like it’s going to give me something that I haven’t had yet.”
She confirmed that prior to signing on for the first season of AHS, she was aware of its anthology format. The limited commitment was one of the things that drew her to the series.
As for Nashville, Britton is the latest to join the drama’s growing cast, which includes Eric Close (who’ll play her husband), Powers Boothe, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson and Robert Wisdom.
Nashville is being produced for ABC.