The television series Nashville tells the story of an aging country and western singer and her rivalry with a teenage country singer who is attempting to take her place as the biggest star in country music. Connie Britton plays the aging singer Rayna James who is trying to halt a slide in her popularity and sales figures; in contrast Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere is the rising singer who is thrown together with Rayna on a tour to boost the popularity of both.
Nashville was created by Callie Khouri who won an Academy Award for writing the movie Thelma and Louise in 1992. Her script for Nashville was picked up by Disney - ABC Domestic Television for the production of pilot in 2011; the pilot was eventually produced in March 2012 and the first season released on the ABC network in the same year. The main stars of the show have all appeared in successful television series, such as Connie Britton who appeared in Spin City and Friday Night Lights; Hayden Panettiere is probably best known for her work on the science fiction series Heroes.
During the initial plot lines of Nashville Rayna James finds herself in an arranged marriage with Teddy Conrad who aims to run for Mayor of Nashville despite spending the previous years living off his wife's fortune. Rayna is also attempting to revive her career by using the lyrics written by Scarlett O'Connor, played by Australian actress Clare Bowen. The Australian actress is known for many roles in Australian drama's and soap opera's, including Home and Away.
A co-production of ABC-Disney, Gaylord Entertainment, Lionsgate Television, Walk & Chew Gum, and Cutler Productions. Initially, five episodes were completed for the first season of Nashville, each lasting 42 minutes and fitting into an hour time slot. In the U.S. the series was shown on ABC and distributed abroad by Debmar-Mercury.
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- First Aired: December 11, 2013
Juliette is the main act at Teddy's first annual Music City Festival, but her excitement is dampened by the blowback by the fans and press over the Wentworths. She demands that Glenn get to the bottom of things so she move forward.
- First Aired: December 04, 2013
Maddie wants to spend more time with Deacon, but Teddy begins to resent it. Rayna is struggling to strike the right balance with the two dads and their fatherhood responsibilities.
- First Aired: November 20, 2013
Rayna joins Scarlett on the road for her first tour date with Luke Wheeler and is caught off guard when Deacon questions her about expecting too much of Scarlett too soon. Jeff goes to war against Rayna.
- First Aired: November 13, 2013
As Teddy's wedding day approaches, Maddie feels confused and tells Rayna she wants more of a relationship with Deacon. Rayna confronts Deacon and encourages him to be more of an involved parent. Luke Wheeler commiserates with Rayna about the challenges of exes and parenting.
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Rayna decides whether or not to tour with Deacon because of unresolved feelings. Juliette's past comes back to haunt her in the form of her drug addict mother. And Scarlett and Gunnar struggle to make music in the studio.