Two Versions of Nashville: The Pros and Cons

Decisions, decisions. This is going to be a tough call. Should you switch Nashvilles?

In a couple of weeks, you’ll will have to ask yourself which kind of Nashville do you want to cozy up with on your couch come Jan. 15: The Nashville you know and love, with Rayna and Deacon and Scarlett and Juliette and Gunnar and Charlie and Avery? Or the brand new Crazy Hearts: Nashville?

Some things to think about:

1. The new one premieres on A&E the very same night that the more mature one starts back up on ABC. And when I compare and contrast the two shows, the only difference I can see is that one is fictional and one is real.

2. But that’s not to say that real is better. I mean, you could walk into the Bluebird Café any night and see real.

3. I actually think I prefer the fantasy over the reality. I want drama, scandal and love triangles, but I want it to be over-the-top and really kind of unreal.

4. Then again, the talent on the new show is real — Lee Holyfield, Leroy Powell, Hannah Fairlight, Anthony Billups, Amy Wilcox and Jimmy Stanley. They are real singers and songwriters, instead of just actors who can sing.

6. Plus, there is the music to consider. Will the songs the country hopefuls make on the reality show be as good as the ones that Nashville filters through with the help of the experts at the Big Machine Label Group?

If I sound indecisive, it’s because I am. Please tell us which one you are going to watch — and why.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.