Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kind of Funny: Men of Nashville

I myself have never seen Nashville, although it is supposed to be good.  I thought this (from Culture Vulture) was very funny however...
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Your Guide to the Indistinguishable Men of Nashville

Nashville has plenty going for it: The music is legitimately good; Connie Britton is the world's best human; and even though the dialogue is a little clunky, the stories seem to work. Britton plays Rayna, a country-music legend whose star is fading, thanks in part to the rising fame of Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), who's trying to woo away Rayna's bandleader, Deacon. But the show does have one lingering problem: The male characters are extremely hard to tell apart. Everyone is too generically handsome and southern! So we've assembled this handy guide to which male character is which on Nashville.
Is he wearing a tie? Then that's Rayna's husband, Teddy (Eric Close). Teddy is the worst. He's squandered most of his family's money, and now he's tired of being in Rayna's shadow — even though it's pretty clear from these three episodes that every single person in Rayna's life is in her shadow.
Is he sad? Could be any of them.
Is he playing a guitar? Could be anyone.
Does he have scraggly facial hair? Inconclusive.
Is he being sexy around both Rayna and Juliette and/or sadly smirking? That's Deacon (Charles Esten). He's Rayna's bandleader and ex-lover, whom she ditched when she sent him to rehab a decade ago. While he was there, she married Teddy. Deacon still loves her, it seems, and if smoldering glances mean anything (and they do!), Rayna still loves him back. Tough tacos, then, that he's also sleeping with Juliette, and he might be the father of one of Rayna's daughters.
Is he making a bitchface? Then that's Avery (Jonathan Jackson), Scarlett's boyfriend. Scarlett is the young blonde who's not Juliette — and is instead some kind of second coming of country-music greatness. And Avery is hella jealous of her imminent success and her maybe-flirtatious relationship with her duet partner, Gunnar. Luckily, he managed to give her a good pep talk on last night's episode, otherwise we'd have to just straight-up hate him. Stop being so whiny, Avery.
Is he wearing a shirt that has snaps instead of buttons? Inconclusive.
Is he sighing dejectedly? Inconclusive.
Does he feel stymied? Inconclusive.
Is he the other guy? That's Gunnar (Sam Palladio). He and Scarlett represent artistic integrity and talent and adorableness.

3 comments:

Drew said...

Thanks so much for sharing this because it’s hilarious! I started watching Nashville after all of my TV loving friends I work with at DISH begged me to watch this show. I’ll be honest that I’m not a country fan, so I promised them that I would hate it. I couldn’t have been more wrong because the show is actually pretty good! I never noticed how similar all of the main male characters look, but in all fairness, all the women do too. All the main female characters have long blonde hair, and the supporting females are brunette. I really didn’t think too much of it until after I read this, but it is a little funny that there isn’t much diversity on this show. I’ve been depending on my Hopper to record new episodes of Nashville for me since I don’t normally have time to watch live TV on Wednesday nights. It’s definitely going to be in the back of mind that everyone looks alike whenever I go to play the newest episode!

Differntly the Same in Wisconsin said...

Here's the REALLY funny part - In an entertainment city like Nashville, everyone is trying to separate themselves with their sameness. Kind of like all the 15 year old girls (and boys) all want to be SO different, but yet all dress alike.

We gave the TV show "Nashville" about 20 minutes and decided they didn't do anything intriguing enough to pull us in. They could have taken a page from the first episode of "Revenge" and killed off a big character in shadowy darkness....that might have helped. Oh, but wait...then all the TV shows would be trying to separate themselves with their sameness. Dammit!

Tanya Wood said...

Thanks so much for sharing this because it’s hilarious! I started watching Nashville after all of my TV loving friends I work with at DISH begged me to watch this show. I’ll be honest that I’m not a country fan, so I promised them that I would hate it. I couldn’t have been more wrong because the show is actually pretty good! I never noticed how similar all of the main male characters look, but in all fairness, all the women do too. All the main female characters have long blonde hair, and the supporting females are brunette. I really didn’t think too much of it until after I read this, but it is a little funny that there isn’t much diversity on this show. I’ve been depending on my Hopper to record new episodes of Nashville for me since I don’t normally have time to watch live TV on Wednesday nights. It’s definitely going to be in the back of mind that everyone looks alike whenever I go to play the newest episode!