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Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Connie Britton is returning to television ... as a country star


Connie Britton at a PaleyFest session last week on “American Horror Story.” (Chris Pizzello - AP)

Connie Britton — the most level-headed working mom in Texas on “Friday Night Lights” and a woman who experienced the weirdest pregnancy in TV history on “American Horror Story” — has a brand-new television gig.

A story in the Hollywood Reporter says that Britton, who coincidentally is celebrating her birthday today, will play one of the lead roles in the ABC drama “Nashville.” The title is reminiscent of the Oscar-nominated Robert Altman film. The plot, however, sounds a bit like “Country Strong.”

According to THR, the series will focus on a country diva (Britton) who must tour with a twangy ingenue (Hayden Panettiere ) as her album sales take a nosedive.

Callie Khouri, writer of such films as “Thelma and Louise” and “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,”and R.J. Cutler, producer of such documentaries as “The War Room,” are co-writing the pilot, with Cutler directing the first episode in hopes it may lead to a series pickup.

Even though “American Horror Story” is completely rebooting its storyline for season two, with previous stars like Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto and Evan Peters returning as new characters, Britton will not be back for season two. (Same goes for the other members of the delightfully screwed-up Harmon family, Dylan McDermott and Taissa Farmiga.)

So if “Nashville” ends up joining the ABC fall schedule, this is your best shot at seeing Britton regularly on television. And it’s definitely your best shot at hearing her again deliver dialogue that includes the word “y’all”.

By  |  04:14 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Tags:  American Horror Story, Friday Night Lights, TV

 
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