‘Nashville,’ ‘Red Widow’ Among Shows Picked Up by ABC

by | May 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM | TV News

Connie Britton in American Horror Story (FX)

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – “American Horror Story” star Connie Britton has a brand-new gig.

Britton’s pilot “Nashville” has been picked up to series, along with the comedy “Red Van Man” and the drama “Red Widow.”

The one-hour drama “Nashville” is a family soap set against the backdrop of the Nasville music scene. It follows one star at her peak and another star on the rise. Britton portrays Rayna. Hayden Panettiere from “Heroes” and Powers Boothe also star.

“Red Widow,” formerly known as “Penoza,” is a one-hour drama centering on the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family. Erin Moriarty (“One Life to Live”) stars as Natalie. The pilot was written by Melissa Rosenberg, who also executive produces.

“Red Van Man,” based on the British series “White Van Man,” centers on a man who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father. Edi Gagethi and Danielle Nicolet star.