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Fall TV Wish List: What we want from 'Nashville' next season

Here at EW, Fall TV Wish List is a new weekly series in which our TV critics Melissa Maerz and Jeff Jensen weigh in on what they hope the coming season will bring for some of their favorite shows. Today: ABC’s Nashville, which premieres its second season on Sept. 25.

WHERE WE LEFT OFF
Not much happened in the season finale—just a car crash, a funeral, a marriage proposal, a paternity test surprise, a sex tape scandal, a blackmail attempt, a pregnancy confession, and a spectacular, puking-into-potted-plants-after-13-years-of-sobriety whiskey bender. Oh, and Brad Paisley performed on the CMAs! Whew! To recap: Deacon (Charles Esten) learned that he shared DNA with Maddie (Lennon Stella), cashed in his AA tokens, and rolled his SUV with Rayna (Connie Britton) inside. (DNA + AA + SUV = WTF?) Gunnar (Sam Palladio) got down on one knee for Scarlett (Clare Bowen). Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) told Teddy (Eric Close) that she’s having his baby. And Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) buried her mother, Jolene (Sylvia Jefferies), who killed herself to save her daughter from blackmail and a leaked sex tape. (Long story.) It couldn’t get soapier if Jolene had risen from her coffin to play the theme song from All My Children on her ukulele.

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Seven things we learned from the 'New York Times Magazine' profile of Connie Britton

Forget Raymond: Everybody loves Connie Britton, a woman who manages simultaneously to be a role model, a sex symbol, and a dream-BFF for anyone who ever obsessed about Friday Night Lights (read: the whole Internet).

And if you don’t love Connie Britton, chances are you just don’t know much about her yet — which is where the New York Times Magazine‘s new Britton profile comes in. The 3,100-word piece is stuffed with tidbits that prove why Connie’s the best; here are seven of the most notable ones.

1. She was a hair’s breadth away from starring in Jerry Maguire, but Renée Zellweger — an actress profile writer Susan Dominus calls “so tiny and tousled that she looked newly hatched” — ended up just beating out Britton for the part. Her final assessment of why she lost the role? “Maybe I was too tall.”

2. She taught aerobics to the luckiest gym-goers in New York City before she got famous.

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Connie Britton fires 'Clear eyes, full hearts' back at Romney campiagn

Mitt Romney has revealed himself to be a fan of Friday Night Lights, quoting versions of the TV show’s “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” slogan during campaign speeches and the debates. But even though the author of the book the show is based upon is voting Republican next week, Romney’s attempt to associate himself with the show’s themes has not been appreciated by the show’s principals. Series creator Peter Berg accused him of plagiarizing, and now Connie Britton and executive producer Sarah Aubrey have expressed their dissatisfaction in a USA Today op-ed.

The women look beyond the phrase and examine what the female characters of Dillon, Texas would really think about the issues at stake in the election. “[The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act] makes it possible for women such as the character that I (Britton) played of Tami Taylor — to fight for the same wages as men no matter what they do or where they live, from Dillon to Philadelphia, where Tami was able to pursue her dream job as a college admissions counselor,” they wrote. “Romney actually wants to … get rid of Planned Parenthood — the health care provider that nearly three million Americans rely on for their life-saving cancer screenings, well-woman visits and affordable birth control. Planned Parenthood was well represented on the show, too — Brian “Smash” Williams’ mom worked there, Tami got a pregnancy test there, and, after being abandoned by her parents, Becky Sproles was able to get a safe and legal abortion there.”

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