Nashville (2012 TV series)
|Created by||Callie Khouri|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||43 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||42–44 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound|
|Original run||October 10, 2012– present|
Nashville is an American musical drama television series. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri and produced by R.J. Cutler, Khouri, Dee Johnson, Steve Buchanan and Connie Britton. The series stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, a legendary country music superstar, whose stardom begins fading, and Hayden Panettiere as rising younger star Juliette Barnes. The series premiered on ABC, on October 10, 2012, had more than 8.93 million viewers. The pilot was made available on Hulu, iTunes, and ABC.com before it premiered on television.
The pilot episode received critical acclaim, specifically praising Callie Khouri's writing, casting, and the performances of Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. At the 70th Golden Globe Awards, Britton was nominated for Best Actress and Panettiere was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, while the series was nominated for Favorite New TV Drama at the 39th People's Choice Awards and Best New Series at the 65th Writers Guild of America Awards; Britton was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards. At the 71st Golden Globe Awards, Panettiere received a second nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) is the established "Queen of Country" music. However, her latest album is not selling well and her tour is playing to half empty venues. Her record label suggests that she open for Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the young and sexy best selling singer of bubble gum country. However, Juliette, seeing Rayna as privileged, purposefully alienates her. Rayna, who dislikes Juliette's style of music, rejects a joint tour out of hand. The two women come into conflict as each tries to get guitarist Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), Rayna's bandmate and former lover, to sign on to their tour. Rayna's life is further complicated when her estranged father, millionaire businessman Lamar Wyatt (Powers Boothe), convinces her husband, Teddy Conrad (Eric Close), to run for Mayor of Nashville.
Cast and characters
- Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, a 40-year-old country music superstar singer whose stardom is beginning to fade. Britton states that Rayna is based on several country singers, including Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, and Bonnie Raitt.
- Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, a country singer and former teen star sensation who is determined to replace Rayna as the top superstar of country music. Panettiere denies that her character resembles Taylor Swift, and states that Juliette is instead based on herself—a young woman in the entertainment industry—and Carrie Underwood.
- Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, a poet and songwriter. She is also Deacon's niece, and musician partner with Gunnar. Works at the Bluebird Cafe which is where she is first noticed and performs.
- Eric Close as Theodore 'Teddy' Conrad, Rayna’s husband who, after a business failure, is now living on his wife’s income. He runs for mayor with help from his father-in-law and wins election, later divorcing Rayna.
- Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, songwriter, lead guitar player, Rayna’s former lover and biological father of her oldest child.
- Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, an aspiring musician with a bad-boy streak. He and Scarlett are in a relationship when the series begins, but soon separate and also dated Juliette.
- Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, a kind-hearted aspiring musician who dated Scarlett in season one.
- Robert Wisdom as Coleman Carlisle (regular in season 1, recurring as of season 2), a one-time mayoral candidate, and later Deputy Mayor. He is a close friend of Rayna, and serves as Deacon's sobriety sponsor.
- Powers Boothe as Lamar Wyatt (regular in season 1, recurring in season 2), Rayna's father and a wealthy, powerful and controlling patriarch and local politician who disapproves of his daughter's career as a country singer. He dies of a heart attack while Teddy watches and does nothing.
- Chris Carmack as Will Lexington (recurring in season 1, series regular as of season 2), Scarlett and Gunnar's new neighbor and aspiring country music singer. He and Gunnar enjoy each other's company and they soon become friends. He is also a closeted homosexual.
- Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad (recurring in season 1, series regular as of season 2), Rayna's elder daughter, legal daughter to Teddy, and biological daughter to Deacon .
- Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad (recurring in season 1, series regular as of season 2), Rayna and Teddy's younger daughter.
- Oliver Hudson as Jeff Fordham (recurring in season 2, series regular as of season 3), the new label record executive who clashes with Rayna and Juliette, and eventually has sex with Juliette, thus making her cheat on Avery. 
- Will Chase as Luke Wheeler (recurring in season 2, series regular as of season 3), the current biggest male country artist, and a love interest for Rayna. He asks her to marry him in the season 2 finale. 
- Judith Hoag as Tandy Hampton, Rayna's sister, the daughter and protégé of Lamar Wyatt, who plays referee to Rayna and Lamar
- Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Margaret "Peggy" Kenter (season 1-2), Teddy's former co-worker at the credit union who helped him hide his embezzlement. They begin dating after Teddy and Rayna separate and marry after she lies to Teddy that she is pregnant. She is shot and killed while someone was attempting to kill Teddy.
- Sylvia Jefferies as Jolene Barnes (season 1), Juliette's overprotective & overbearing mother; a drug addict who later commits a murder-suicide
- Michiel Huisman as Liam McGuinnis, Rayna's new music producer, who also has a brief fling with Rayna and Scarlett
- Jay Hernandez as Dante Rivas (season 1), Jolene's sober companion and Juliette's lover, who, after attempting to blackmail Juliette, is killed by Jolene in a murder-suicide
- Charlie Bewley as Charles Wentworth (season 2), a confident business man, who becomes a possible new love interest for Juliette
- Aubrey Peeples as Layla Grant (season 2), a runner-up in a singing competition and a new singer in Nashville who is a new rival for Juliette. She gets dropped from the label, after her single tanks, though she strikes up a romance with Will, and they eventually get engaged. She is a participant in a reality show featuring her and Will, and their impending nuptials.
- Chaley Rose as Zoey Dalton (season 2), Scarlett's childhood best friend who moves to Nashville, and starts dating Gunnar. She eventually gets a job as a backup singer for Juliette. 
- Christina Chang as Megan Vannoy (season 2), Deacon's lawyer at the beginning of season two; Deacon and Megan were in a romantic relationship in season two until Deacon found out that she cheated on him with Teddy.
- Todd Truley as Marshall Evans (season 1), President and CEO of Edgehill Republic Records
- J. D. Souther as Watty White, legendary country music producer, radio personality, and songwriter who counsels Rayna Jaymes
- Tilky Montgomery Jones as Sean Butler (season 1), professional football quarterback and Juliette's ex-husband
- Rya Kihlstedt as Marilyn Rhodes (season 1), Avery's former manager and lover
- Wyclef Jean as Dominic King (season 1), the head of Avery's former label
- Chloe Bennet as Hailey (season 1), briefly dated Gunnar
- Susan Misner as Stacy (season 1), a veterinarian and Deacon's ex-girlfriend
- Burgess Jenkins as Randy Roberts (season 1), a long-time friend and music producer for Rayna Jaymes
- Afton Williamson as Makena, Juliette's press agent who manages her career and fosters her reputation
- J. Karen Thomas as Audrey Carlisle, Coleman's wife
- Kourtney Hansen as Emily, Juliette's assistant
- David Alford as Bucky Dawes, Rayna's long-time seasoned and caring manager
- Ed Amatrudo as Glenn Goodman, Juliette Barnes's protective manager, who often is tasked with cleaning up the messes that Juliette leaves behind
- Derek Krantz as Brent McKinney (season 2), an openly gay marketing and public relations employee who works for Jeff's record company who once dated Will
- Laura Benanti as Sadie Stone (season 3), a country star who is a friend of Rayna's.
Development and production
ABC bought Callie Khouri's script at the beginning of October 2011, and ordered a pilot on January 27, 2012. The pilot of the show was filmed in March 2012. British actor Sam Palladio became the first actor cast in the pilot on February 14, 2012. Australian actress Clare Bowen was the next addition to the pilot as Scarlett O'Connor in February 17, 2012.  On February 22, Jonathan Jackson joined as Avery Barkley. The next day Emmy Award winner Powers Boothe joined as Lamar Wyatt. On February 29, it was announced that Hayden Panettiere had landed the role of Juliette Barnes, primary Antagonist of series. On March 5 Eric Close joined the ensemble as Teddy Conrad, Rayna’s husband. On March 6, it was announced that Connie Britton would play leading role of Rayna Jaymes, 40-year-old fading country superstar. The pilot was directed by R.J. Cutler.
The series was picked up by ABC on May 11, 2012, and premiered on the network on October 10, 2012 as part of its 2012–13 television season. On November 12, 2012, the series was picked up for a full season run, which was shortened by one episode by the producers (due to production difficulties) rather than the network.
Nashville is filmed on location and soundstages in Nashville. The Bluebird Cafe, an important local performance arena, is a frequent setting; the show's art department, headed by production designer Jeff Knipp, precisely replicated its exterior and interior in a Nashville sound stage. After weeks of rumors that production would move elsewhere, it was announced that season two will also be filmed on location in Nashville.
Creative executive producer Callie Khouri's husband T-Bone Burnett was the show's executive music producer and composer for season one. Due to his other projects, he was not able to continue on the series. His assistant and the managing producer Buddy Miller took over for Burnett in season two.
Nashville began broadcasting in Canada on CTV Two simultaneously with ABC and on V in Quebec's French market, in the United Kingdom in February 2013 on More4, and in Germany on Fox in the same month. The series began in France on TF6 in October 2013, and in Australia on SoHo in January 2014.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||21||October 10, 2012||May 22, 2013||September 17, 2013||July 15, 2013||April 23, 2014|
|2||22||September 25, 2013||May 14, 2014||September 23, 2014||July 7, 2014||N/A|
|3||22||September 24, 2014||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
On October 2, 2012, it was announced that Big Machine Records will release all covers and original songs from the series. Some of the original songs will be written by John Paul White of The Civil Wars, Hillary Lindsey, and Elvis Costello.
The Music of Nashville, Season 1: The Complete Collection, a four-disc set, was released in the UK on September 23, 2013. This set includes the songs that were digitally released as singles in North America but not in the UK. Despite the title, it omits three of Connie Britton's songs ("Already Gone," "American Beauty" and "Stompin' Grounds") as well as Sam Palladio and David Clayton Rogers' cover of "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive."
The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 1 was released by Big Machine on December 10, 2013.
An album of the music performed on the TV special Nashville: On The Record by many of the cast and the songwriters was released on iTunes on April 22, the day before the special aired on ABC. iTunes has also released the following compilation albums:
- Clare Bowen As Scarlett O'Connor: Season One (April 22; featuring 13 tracks)
- Hayden Panettiere As Juliette Barnes: Season One (April 29; featuring 16 tracks, including two versions each of "Undermine" and "Consider Me")
- Hayden Panettiere As Juliette Barnes: Season Two (May 13; featuring 9 tracks)
- Clare Bowen As Scarlett O'Connor: Season Two (May 13; featuring 9 tracks)
The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 2 was released on May 6, 2014.
Metacritic gave the show a rating of 84 out of 100 or "universal acclaim" based on 32 reviews. Season one currently has a rating of 92% based on 48 reviews on Rotten tomatoes whilst season two has a rating of 100% based on five reviews.
Awards and nominations
In June 2012, Nashville was one of five honorees in the Most Exciting New Series category at the Critics' Choice Television Awards, voted by journalists who had seen the television pilots for the 2012–13 season.
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