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ABC’s NASHVILLE Premiere Takes Center Stage

The country-themed new drama Nashville has the entertainment industry abuzz with excitement and rave reviews, as fans eagerly await the premiere this Wednesday, October 10 at 10/9c on ABC. 

Viewers are invited to experience the heartbeat of Music City as they follow the trail of dueling country music stars through the dressing rooms, sound stages, bars and studios of Nashville, onto the spotlit stages of the Bluebird Café and the Grand Ole Opry.

Superstar Rayna James (played by Mrs. Coach herself Connie Britton), the “reigning queen of country music,” is faced with the harsh reality of slipping popularity when her record label suggests she tour as the opening act to rising, young crossover artist Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere).

The power struggle that ensues drives the drama, complicated by their personal lives. Rayna’s father Lamar Hampton (Powers Boothe), a wealthy power broker in both business and politics, likes to meddle in his daughter’s private life, pushing her husband to run for election as mayor of Nashville.

Writer and Oscar-winner Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise) is also Executive Producer of the TV series with R.J. Cutter (The September Issue, The War Room, A Perfect Candidate) and Steve Buchanan (Senior VP, Media and Entertainment, Gaylord Entertainment, and CMA Board President). The drama is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Gaylord Entertainment. The season will start with 13 episodes and likely extend to 22 episodes.

The driving theme of the series is how a person controls their destiny, according to producer/director R.J. Cutter. Each character is at a crossroads in their lives. Follow the story each week to discover how the characters deal with upheaval without losing their personal integrity.

The series is being filmed and produced in Nashville – you may recognize locations such as Lower Broadway, the Shelby Street Bridge, the Pinnacle building, the Grand Ole Opry House and the Bluebird Cafe. In fact, they have created an exact replica of the Bluebird Café for filming of the series, duplicating everything from menus and napkins to every photograph on the walls.

The real Bluebird Café is one place where anyone with a guitar and song may perform on open mic nights – and talent scouts are always on the lookout for the next Taylor Swift, Pam Tillis or Garth Brooks. Many singer/songwriters have landed recording deals at this intimate 100-seat music club reknowned for its acoustic music performed by composers and musicians.

The musical scoring, recording and publishing will also be done locally. Nashville will feature between three and seven musical performances weekly and at least one song per week will be released to iTunes for sale via Big Machine Records.

The show doesn’t spare any punches about how hard the business is for musicians, songwriters and artists. It also exposes the gritty side of competition in the entertainment industry and hopes to be a compelling characterization of Music City.

Take a Tour of Nashville and meet the full line up of stars.  Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story) stars as Rayna, Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) as Juliette, Powers Boothe (MacGruber, 24) as Lamar, Charles Esten (Enlightened, Big Love) as Deacon, Eric Close (Chaos, Without a Trace) as Teddy, Clare Bowen as Scarlett, Jonathan Jackson (General Hospital) as Avery, Sam Palladio as Gunnar and Robert Wisdom as Coleman.

Can’t wait til Wednesday? You can watch the entire pilot now on ABC.com by clicking here. Let us know in the comments what you think about the show. Will you watch each week?

All photos courtesy of ABC.

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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