Jen Richards joins CMT’s Nashville as series’ first trans character

Nashville is making the most of its second chance to make a first impression—the country-music drama found a new home at CMT, where its fifth season will debut in January. Virtually all the original cast members are back, including Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, no matter what happened to the latter’s character…

A ’70s Hollywood bromance is at the heart of documentary The Bandit

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Any documentary about the making of a nearly four-decades-old movie runs the risk of coming off as little more than a glorified DVD extra. With The Bandit, director Jesse Moss (The Overnighters) has succeeded in placing the production of 1977’s Smokey And The Bandit in a larger cultural context as well as grounding it…

Nashville is probably headed to CMT, which makes sense

It’s not easy finding a new home for a beloved-but-cancelled show. Licensing deals, production contracts, and the endlessly fiddly jigsaw puzzle of matching a series’ built-in audience with a network’s pre-existing demographics: It’s an incredibly complex problem. Unless, apparently, you’re country-music-loving soap…

There are going to be more seasons of Party Down (South)

Here’s a fun trick to play on your friend who likes cult comedy TV shows: Say to him, “Whoa, did you hear what show they’re bringing back for another season? Party Down…” “Whoa, is the original cast coming back?” he’ll ask. “Yep!” you’ll say. “But there’s also another version with a whole second cast, and that’s…