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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.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on ABC
4 Seasons, 90 Episodes - Currently Airing
October 10, 2012
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  • In the series finale, Rayna becomes desperate when she discovers that Maddie has encountered a duplicitous figure from her past. Juliette is faced with a difficult decision regarding the truth of Jeff Fordham's death - a decision that directly affects Layla.

  • After nearly twenty years, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of the highs and lows of their relationship. Scarlett has a personal revelation in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself.

  • Rayna is desperate to protect her oldest daughter from the pitfalls that are typical of young artists. Juliette reunites with her "Shenandoah Girl co-star Noah West on the Oscar campaign trail, where she meets Kesha, who guest stars as herself.

  • Rayna and Deacon struggle to re-establish trust with Maddie as she seeks her independence, but their efforts are undermined by someone they thought they could trust.

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