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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
5 Seasons, 90 Episodes - Currently Airing
October 10, 2012
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Nashville Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • With Andre's assistance, Lucious hosts a fundraiser in an effort to prove to the board that he should assume his position as Empire's CEO. Meanwhile, Hakeem must decide whether he wants to be a father to his and Anika's child.

  • Maddie runs away from home, upsetting Rayna and Deacon; Avery's connection to Layla threatens Juliette; Luke is forced to find a new artist; Autumn comes between Gunnar and Scarlett.

  • The Exes accompany Autumn Chase on the road; Maddie's relationship with Cash creates tension with Deacon; Juliette comes up with a plan to get Glenn back.

  • Juliette Barnes is back in Nashville after completing treatment for postpartum depression and finds herself at a crossroads. Layla has ulterior motives when courting country-music superstar Autumn Chase.

  • Luke and Riff are thrilled about their upcoming tour, but Luke soon realizes he may have acted too soon in allowing Riff to be on the road again. Meanwhile, Deacon and Frankie clash about Vita, with Frankie making a decision that could alter their future permanently.

  • Luke asks his old pal Riff Bell to go on tour. Meanwhile, a new singer shows up at the Beverly, but Frankie disagrees with Deacon and Rayna's decision to give him a shot.

  • Problems arise when Rayna's new artist, Markus Keen, decides to scrap a song on his new album one week before its release.

  • Rayna wants to refuse Sony's contract offer for Maddie to be a solo artist and finds her personal life is distracting her from her work with Markus. Luke is desperate to regain Colt's trust.

  • Rayna is worried about Deacon's business venture with an old friend from AA, and it soon begins to develop a wedge between the lovebirds.

  • Juliette gets into an altercation with a fan that goes viral, and Jeff uses the situation to his advantage. Maddie is grounded and misses Colt who is on tour with his dad.

  • Maddie and Colt experience freedom while on tour with Luke. Meanwhile, Rayna's artists keep her busy and Deacon and Scarlett set aside their problems.

  • A reporter shadows Juliette, who turns to drugs and alcohol to cope.

  • When Beverly suffers a second aneurysm, Deacon is racked with guilt as Scarlett is forced to make a painful decision

  • Juliette loses it on a daytime talk show, and continues on a downward spiral. Elsewhere, Rayna strives to prove her label by making a play to sign Marcus Keen, a huge rock artist.

  • In the fourth season premiere, Juliette hits a highpoint in her career when she gets to sing a duet with Steven Tyler. Unfortunatey, her personal life is in shambles. Meanwhile, Rayna and her loved ones deal with the outcome of Deacon's transplant.

  • Cast members perform fan-favorite songs.

Most Popular Nashville Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 1 Pilot 10/10/2012
  • Season 4 Episode 21 Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday 5/25/2016
  • Season 1 Episode 5 Move It on Over 11/07/2012
  • Season 1 Episode 2 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with Yo... 10/17/2012
  • Season 4 Episode 16 Didn't Expect It to Go Down This Way 4/20/2016

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'Nashville' Season 1, Episode 3: 'Someday You'll Call My Name' Recap

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.

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Nashville Video Clips & Extras

Juliette Admits Jeff Saved Her Life On Live TV Clip (01:04) Deacon Brings Maddie Home As Gunnar Shows His Love for Scarlett Clip (02:46) Avery Questions Laylas Love When He Learns the Truth About Jeff Clip (01:23) Will and Luke Create Their Own Platform to Speak and Sing Brothers Clip (01:12) Scarlett Tells Gunnar How Much She Loves Him Clip (00:45) Rayna Finds Out Maddie Is Working With a Predator Clip (00:54)