I would throw Kim Delaney into the "bigger star" mix. She had NYPD Blue, Army Wives and numerous guest spots.
I suppose one could throw Melissa Leo in there. She actually has an Oscar to her name.
I wasn't watching when either of them were on; I was younger, but I've seen old eps.
Ripa has charisma in spades, though. It didn't surprise me she made it big. She knows her lane; she stays in it, and has a lot to show for it.
IMHO, it's fairly generic. The metaphors are a little too on-the-nose. Gosh, darn, it sure is pretty though. My favorite parts are the epitaphs and the "spiky ice fingers." I do truly like the Idea of the song.
Well, I spoke too soon. Just finished watching the winter finale. They have barely touched all the interesting possibilities in the canvas. And, honestly, if I didn't know any better, I'd say that was the finale of the show. The four "young'n's" were toasting at the bar; Deacon proposes to Rayna. And who was the blond that showed up out of no where and offered to write with Maddie? When does the show come back? Will Juliette be back by then? What about "Jem?"