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Though the writing is remarkably fertile, the acting is what elevates the show from clandestine guilty pleasure to something I am willingly sharing here. Britton gamely captures Rayna's coexistent warmth and egotism, but it is Juliette that gives Nashville its crazy, flashy heart. Panettiere takes on Juliette's many facets--charismatic performer, steely CEO, whiny Millennial, wily survivor, architect of her own destruction--with verve and eminently watchable chutzpah. -Megan

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