September 04, 2013 12:58pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
A&E Goes Country With 'Crazy Hearts: Nashville' Music Docuseries (Exclusive)
A&E is looking for a piece of the country music pie.
The cable network, under exec vp and GM David McKillop, has ordered to series Crazy Hearts: Nashville, a docuseries chronicling the lives of aspiring country music artists and insiders, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Nashville, Tenn.-set series will follow the lives of musicians and insiders over eight hourlong episodes as they balance life, love and their pursuit of stardom. The series will go backstage into the lives and lyrics of several up-and-coming musicians as they try to hit it big, fall in love and live to sing about it. The series promises love triangles and fiery relationships that will cause rivalry both on- and off-stage.
The singers will be shown hitting the Nashville social scene every night and partying as they sing the blues while waiting for their big break.
Crazy Hearts: Nashville hails from Eastern's Toby Barraud and Stefan Springman (Love and Hip Hop). A&E's Drew Tappon, Fred Grinstein and Evan Lerner will also executive produce.
Crazy Hearts: Nashville comes as country music continues to be a draw for ABC's Nashville. The musical starring Connie Britton ranks as ABC's lone returning scripted drama from last year's freshman class. The series, like Fox's Glee, also taps into ancillary revenue from downloads of the original music featured on the show.
The series joins summer hit Duck Dynasty and original scripted dramas Longmire and Bates Motel, among others at the network. A premiere date for Crazy Hearts has not yet been determined.