‘American Horror Story’ alum Connie Britton heads to ABC’s ‘Nashville’

Britton's coming to ABC.

Just a matter of months after “American Horror Story” came to a close, Connie Britton has already found herself some new work.

The actress (whose other notable TV credit recently comes courtesy of “Friday Night Lights”) has signed on to appear as one of the leads in the ABC pilot “Nashville” — which focuses on a seasoned veteran of the music industry at the top of her game (Britton) as well as an up-and-coming star (Hayden Panettiere) trying to make it big in the industry. The show is being billed as a primetime soap, which is something that the network excels at thanks to “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and the brilliant-but-likely-canceled “Pan Am.”

With Britton joining this pilot, it does reduce the odds of her appearing in any capacity during “Horror Story” season 2. Granted, executive producer Ryan Murphy does not have any plans at the moment to re-use some of these lead actors in a substantial capacity again (even if he has promoted Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange).

This pilot joins a crowded field on ABC that includes a new show starring Anthony LaPaglia (“Without a Trace”), along with a new adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” that is going to follow the classic fairy tale.

Are you happy to see more of Connie?

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