Fox has Glee and NBC has Smash, so it was only a matter of time before ABC got in on the action with this charming series that takes place in Nashville and revolves around a country music icon Rayna Jaymes (Britton) at the height of her career and Juliette Barnes, a manipulative young woman (Panettiere) climbing the country music ranks and destined for stardom. With Rayna's career heading south, her record label forces her to go on tour with Juliette or risk losing everything she has spent years building. In addition to her career troubles, Rayna's father, Nashville's most powerful businessman, with whom she shares a very strained relationship with, convinces her husband to run for office. Can Rayna's shaky marriage survive or will she go running into the arms of Deacon, her bandmate and former lover?
October 10, 2012
When is it on?:
Wednesdays at 10pm ET. The latest episodes can be viewed at ABC's official Nashville site.
- Connie Britton as Rayna James
- Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes
- Eric Close as Teddy Conrad
- Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne
- Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott
- Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor
- Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley
- Powers Boothe as Lamar Wyatt
- Robert Wisdom as Coleman Carlisle
- The series is filmed in Nashville, Tennessee.
- The music in the show is actually sung by the actors themselves.
- The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development gave the series $7.5 million for production since they are filming in the state and therefore, boosting the economy by employing hundreds of local citizens.
About Connie Britton (Rayna James):
Most will likely remember the three-time Emmy-nominated actress for her role as Tami Taylor in NBC's fan favorite TV series Friday Night Lights. She has also appeared in several episodes of Fox's 24 and had a long-running role as Nikki Faber in ABC's comedy series Spin City. She starred in the original Friday Night Lights movie, as well as in the films Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Last Winter and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Her most recent role before landing the gig on Nashville was playing Vivian Harmon in Ryan Murphy's spooky horror drama series American Horror Story. She was nominated for two Emmys (in 2010 and 2011) in the Leading Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Friday Night Lights. She was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie category for her role in American Horror Story.
About Hayden Panettiere (Juliette Barnes):
This lovely young actor began her career before she was even a year old, but got her start in acting on ABC's now-defunct daytime soap One Life to Live as Sarah Roberts before moving on to Guiding Light, where she played the role of leukemia-stricken Lizzie Spaulding for several years. In 2000, Hayden became a hit with audiences when she played the coaches outspoken daughter in the hit film Remember the Titans. She has starred in the films Ice Princess, Raising Helen, Joe Somebody and Racing Stripes before landing the role that made her a household name -- as cheerleader Claire Bennet in NBC's once-popular sci-fi drama Heroes. The phrase from the series, "Save the Cheerleader, Save the World" became one of the biggest catchphrases in recent television history. She dated her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia for a year during production, which caused quite a bit of raucous as she was still a teenger at the time. Since her days as the cheerleader, Hayden starred in the movies I Love You, Beth Cooper, Scream 4, Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy.