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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.

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on CMT
6 Seasons, 121 Episodes
October 10, 2012
Drama
7.7/10
Cast: Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson
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Nashville Full Episode Guide

  • Daphne seeks to establish her career and auditions for a country music singing competition. Scarlett invites Sean to see live music. Avery makes a decision. The band gets invited to perform on late night TV. Will's choice catches up with him.

  • Daphne and Jake perform at school; Deacon and Jessie run into Brad; Alannah's stage presence grows, creating a division in the band; Gunnar questions his relationship with Alannah; Maddie joins Jonah in Miami and bonds with Twig; Avery visits Juliette.

  • Daphne struggles to accept Deacon and Jessie's relationship; the new addition to the boys' band becomes a hit; Gunnar falls back into old habits; Scarlett takes an interest in a veteran undergoing equine therapy.

  • Deacon and Jessie's relationship deepens; Darius invites Juliette to get more involved with the Movement while Avery voices his opinion; Gunnar, Will and Avery search for a female voice for the band; Jonah's ex releases a song about Maddie.

  • Darius helps Juliette unlock a dark truth about her past; Daphne and Jake bond over each other's dislike of their parents dating; Scarlett volunteers at an equine therapy ranch; Gunnar, Will and Avery struggle to find their sound.

  • Daphne struggles with the idea of Deacon dating; Juliette introduces Avery to Darius; Maddie and Jonah record a song, but Maddie finds Jonah's life a little too public; Will learns news about Zach and finds ways to enhance his appearance.

  • Deacon goes on a date with a familiar face; Juliette dives into a self-help movement; Will and Gunnar invite Avery to perform with them; Scarlett is reminded how her career has had a positive influence on fans; Daphne reaches out to Jake.

  • In the Season 6 premiere, after a public meltdown, Juliette seeks to change her life from an unlikely source; Scarlett and Maddie take a trip; Maddie meets Jonah Ford, a famous pop star; Scarlett struggles to find herself.

  • With Deacon and the artists of Highway 65 taking a stand, Zach sends a message. Maddie and Juliette's conflict comes to a head. Daphne goes to a pool party. Gunnar returns from Avery's tour.

  • Juliette shoots a mascara commercial but takes issue with the direction; Deacon gets invited to play the Opry, but hesitates; Avery and Gunnar embrace life on the road.

  • Gunnar visits his hometown and faces the ghosts of his past; Maddie and Juliette get nominated for the same American Music Award; Deacon helps Jessie record; Scarlett learns self-defense.

  • Juliette takes great pains to keep Maddie from learning the truth; Deacon considers a new artist for Highway 65; Scarlett's pregnancy faces complications; Gunnar searches for the mugger.

  • Juliette's injuries continue to plague her; Avery gets a taste of independence; Scarlett and Gunnar shoot a national commercial; Deacon plays a benefit for charity.

  • Scarlett confronts the journalist Mackenzie Rhodes face to face; Will shoots a commercial; Deacon feels pressure from the outside to move on from Rayna.

  • Juliette has it out with Avery over Hallie's sound; Maddie learns the truth about the origins of the bullying on social media; Scarlett's pregnancy brings with it unexpected attention.

  • A huge fallout results from the video of Maddie and the police officer; Deacon and Avery fall in love with Hallie's special sound; Zach continues to exert his influence on Highway 65.

  • Maddie and Clay get pulled over by a police officer; Juliette searches for a hit to relaunch her career; Damien George returns to Nashville with a grand plan for Scarlett.

  • Juliette suffers a bout of anxiety about her upcoming first major performance after the plane crash; Bucky and Zach at odds.

  • Deacon strives to help an unmotivated Daphne pass her history class; Juliette gives Maddie unsolicited advice about a song; Scarlett and Gunnar come back from their tour.

  • Juliette guides Maddie as she's overwhelmed with attention following her performance at the CMT Music Awards. Zach demands the masters from Rayna and Deacon's unfinished album.

  • A legal dispute threatens to destroy the family. Juliette insists on performing at the CMT Music Awards. Will and Zach are drawn closer together.

  • After her life-changing experience, Rayna works hard to write one more song for the concept album with Deacon. Meanwhile, Juliette begins to have pain in her leg; and Gunnar fights for Scarlett.

  • Rayna and Deacon are careful as Hockney tests the limits of the restraining order; Juliette asks the church choir to work with her on an album; Scarlett finds herself attracted to Damien.

  • Rayna and Deacon struggle to write their album. Maddie and Daphne create a disturbance at home. Damien apologizes to Scarlett. Scarlett and Gunnar question their relationship.

  • Rayna and Deacon add more home security after Rayna's encounter with Carl Hockney. Juliette becomes closer to her guardian angel, Hallie. Avery dives back into performing.

  • The Exes collaborate on a music video. Scarlett and the director, Damien George, clash over their differences. Clay and Maddie's relationship continues to grow stronger. Clay shows Maddie a different part of town.

  • Rayna receives an enticing offer from Zach Welles. Juliette seeks alternative treatment. Will and Kevin search for a place to move in together.

  • Maddie begins an internship at a recording studio and encounters a street musician; Avery has a hard time producing a young Internet sensation; Juliette meets her guardian angel.

  • Rayna proposes a collaboration with Deacon; Scarlett is skeptical of Gunnar; Juliette seeks out her guardian angel.

  • Rayna and Deacon face a new normal with Maddie now back home and Highway 65 struggling financially. Rayna takes a gig in Silicon Valley, performing for tech mogul Zach Welles, and faces questions about the future of her own musical career. The shocking news about Juliette creates a wave of emotions throughout Nashville.

  • Watch the first hour of the two-hour season premiere in this sneak peek.

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