Scoop: Connie Britton Heads for Nashville With Lead in ABC Musical Drama Pilot

Connie Britton NashvilleConnie Britton has lined up her next TV gig — and it truly is something to sing about.

The Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story alumna — who was offered everything under the sun this pilot season — has been cast in Nashville, an ABC pilot described as a family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene, and revolving around one star at her peak and another on the rise (Heroes‘ Hayden Panettiere). Britton will play the former, Rayna — and yes, she will be singing.

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Fun fact: Today just so happens to be Britton’s birthday!

As previously reported, Without a Trace‘s Eric Close will play the husband of Britton’s character. The cast also includes Deadwood vet Powers Boothe and General Hospital grad Jonathan Jackson.

Renowned documentarian R.J. Cutler (The War RoomThe September Issue) is directing the Nashville pilot, from a script by Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise).

ABC’s other drama pilots in the pipeline include the supernatural-tinged 666 Park Avenue (starring Terry O’Quinn), an adaptation of the Beauty and the Beastfairy tale, Devious Maids (a sudser from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry), Shawn Ryan’s Last Resort (starring Andre Braugher) and Shonda Rhimes’ period drama Gilded Lillys (with Blythe Danner and Madeline Zima).