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    NASHVILLE
    Season 5 Special Premiere - Thursday, December 15th
    Returns on Thursday, January 5th, 2017!

    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 chronicles the lives of various fictitious country music singers in
    Nashville, Tennessee starring 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, and had more than 8.93 million viewers. In May 2016, ABC cancelled the show. In June 2016, it was picked up by CMT for a fifth season. On December 1, 2016, it was announced that episode one will air on December 15, 2016, with the rest of the season following on January 5, 2017.

    Overview
    In the first episode the series focuses on the rivalry of
    Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Rayna Jaymes 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, the young and sexy best selling singer of bubble gum country pop. 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, 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, convinces her husband, Teddy Conrad, to run for Mayor of Nashville.

    For later episodes the series follows the lives of country music musicians, focusing on three female leads: country superstar Rayna Jaymes, rising problematic star Juliette Barnes, and newcomer singer-songwriter Scarlett O'Connor.

    Cast and characters
    MAIN
    The show features an ensemble cast. For the first season, nine actors received the star billing:
    Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, a 40-year-old country music superstar singer whose stardom is beginning to fade; Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, a bubblegum country pop singer and former teen star sensation who is determined to replace Rayna as the top superstar of country music; Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, a poet and songwriter, who is 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; Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, a kind-hearted aspiring musician who dates Scarlett in season one, and dates Zoey in season two; Robert Wisdom as Coleman Carlisle, a one-time mayoral candidate, and later Deputy Mayor, close friend of Rayna, and serves as Deacon's sobriety sponsor; and Powers Boothe as Lamar Wyatt, Rayna's father and a wealthy, powerful and controlling patriarch and local politician who disapproves of his daughter's career as a country singer.

    Powers Boothe and Robert Wisdom were reduced to recurring status in the second season for creative reasons. After recurring basic in season one, three actors were promoted to the regular cast in the second season:
    Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, a rising country star struggling with the realization that he might be gay, as well as Scarlett and Gunnar's new neighbor; Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad, Rayna's older daughter, legal daughter to Teddy, and biological daughter to Deacon; and Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad, Rayna and Teddy's younger daughter. For the third season, two actors were upped to regulars: Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, the biggest male country artist and a love interest for Rayna; and Oliver Hudson as Jeff Fordham, the new label record executive who clashes with Rayna and Juliette, and eventually has sex with Juliette, thus making her cheat on Avery. For season four, Hudson was downgraded to recurring status and then killed off while Aubrey Peeples, introduced in season two as reality competition second-place winner (and later Will's wife) Layla Grant, was promoted to regular.

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    RECURRING
    In addition to main cast, several actors appeared in Nashville in a supporting role. The most notable are
    Judith Hoag as Tandy Hampton, Rayna's sister, the daughter and protégé of Lamar Wyatt, who plays referee to Rayna and Lamar; Sylvia Jefferies as Jolene Barnes (season 1 & 3), Juliette's overprotective and overbearing mother; a drug addict who later commits a murder-suicide; Chaley Rose as Zoey Dalton (seasons 2 & 3), Scarlett's childhood best friend who moves to Nashville, and starts dating Gunnar; Aubrey Peeples as Layla Grant (seasons 2–4), 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; Laura Benanti as Sadie Stone (season 3), a country star who is a friend of Rayna's; Brette Taylor as Pam (seasons 3 & 4), as Luke's new backup singer; Derek Hough as Noah West (seasons 3 & 4), an actor who lands a role about a famous country singer; Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Margaret "Peggy" Kenter (seasons 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; Michiel Huisman as Liam McGuinnis (seasons 1 & 2), 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 married confident business man, who owns many radio stations across the country, and has an affair with Juliette; Alexa PenaVega as Kiley (seasons 3 & 4), Gunnar's first love who is now a struggling single mother; Dana Wheeler-Nicholson as Beverly O'Connor (seasons 2–4), Scarlett's abusive mother who has a strained relationship with her brother, Deacon; 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.

    Also appearing in many episodes are several background characters, including
    Ed Amatrudo as Glenn Goodman (seasons 1–present), Juliette Barnes's protective manager and father-figure, often tasked with cleaning up the messes that Juliette leaves behind; David Alford as Bucky Dawes (seasons 1–present), Rayna's long-time seasoned and caring manager; Todd Truly as Marshall Evans (season 1; 11 episodes), former president and CEO of Edgehill Republic Records. In the beginning of season two he gets fired by the board of Edgehill Records and is replaced by Jeff Fordham; Kourtney Hansen as Emily (seasons 1–present), Juliette's assistant; J. Karen Thomas as Audrey Carlisle (season 1), Coleman's wife; and 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; Kyle Dean Massey as Kevin Bicks (season 3-present), an openly gay country music singer-songwriter. For the fifth season, folk-Americana singer Rhiannon Giddens and indie-pop singer Bridgit Mendler will join the cast as Hallie Jordan and Ashley Wilkenson.

    For more info about the Main, Recurring, and Notable Guest Stars, read this here.

    Cancellation and move to CMT
    On May 12, 2016
    ABC cancelled the country music drama after a season of flagging ratings. The cancellation came as a surprise due to the fact that the network had named new show runners Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick prior to the cancellation, and previous Network President Paul Lee had stated that "Nashville has a lot more story to tell" during the TCA winter press tour. Amidst the cancellation, Lionsgate TV was so confident in its efforts to find a new home for Nashville that the studio opted to forgo the happily-ever-after alternative series ending it had planned in order to give closure to fans, and go instead with a cliffhanger ending in the Season 4 finale. Fans began to doubt the efforts of Lionsgate when actress and executive producer Connie Britton began to embark on what seemed to be a swan song of night time talk shows. Over 174,000 signatures were received on a #BringBackNashville petition. The night of the season finale Lionsgate tweeted "#Nashies What a cliffhanger! But we won't leave you hanging. There's more story to be told. #BringBackNashville." The producing partner had already been fielding offers from four or five networks. As the negotiations began to draw to a close, it was rumored that the announcement would be made during the high-profile CMT Music Awards. When no announcement was made, fans began to doubt the show's return. On June 10, 2016, CMT released a press statement stating that a deal had been made with CMT and Hulu. CMT would air a full season condition of 22 episodes, and Hulu would make them available the next day as well as carry the entirety of the shows backlog. The pick-up was assisted by $11 million in economic incentives: $8.5 million comes via the State of Tennessee Film Office, $1 million from the City of Nashville, $1 million from the Nashville Convention & Visitor Corp and $500,000 from Ryman Hospitality. It was announced on June 29, 2016 that all cast members with the exception of Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples would return for season 5.

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    Syndication
    Hulu acquired the streaming rights to all seasons of the show for the United States for its subscription tiers. Later, AXS TV secured a deal for off-network cable rights for the series and currently airs repeats. During the transition from ABC to CMT Hulu acquired the exclusive streaming rights to Nashville's catalogue this was a part of a $30 million deal between Hulu and CMT. Episodes are also being aired after they first air on CMT on TVLand, and Nick. Reruns have also started to air on VH1 and MTV.

    Nashville
    "THE WAYFARING STRANGER"
    Thursday, December 15th at 9pm ET/8pm CT on CMT

    FYI: runs for 1hr 3mins on CMT only!

    Thursday, December 15th at 9pm ET/8pm CT on MTV
    Thursday, December 15th at 10pm ET/9pm CT on VH1


    MAIN CAST:
    Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes
    Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes

    GUEST CAST:
    Joseph David-Jones as Clayton Jones
    Gabrielle Gardner as Church Member
    Jennifer Riker as Dr. Laura Goulding
    Ruth Ann Stillman as Reporter
     
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    Nashville...now on CMT!

    Info for the previous episode, "The Wayfaring Stranger"; S5/E1:
    Juliette's plane crashed in a field right outside of Nashville and she is the only survivor. A nearby citizen who witnessed the crash stays with her until help arrives. Avery is informed and goes to see her. Three weeks after the crash, Juliette is in rehab recovering since two of her vertebrae were shattered, has a broken leg and is paralyzed. While talking to Rayna, she says that she caused what happened to her because she has messed up everything in her life. Highway 65 has hit some bumps in the road financially which concerns Rayna. She agrees to play at a private event in Silicon Valley, hosted by an app developer name Zach Wells as a way to bring in money. She has an anxiety attack during her flight because of what happened to Juliette, and she is feeling anxiousness about flying home. Later that night Deacon flies out to California so he can be with her on the plane back to Nashville. She declines and would rather drive back alone so she can think. Maddie is having a hard time coming up with a chorus for a song she wrote. Daphne wants to help but Maddie harshly turns her down. After a talk with Scarlett, Maddie accepts Daphne's input. Avery confesses his love to Juliette but she responds, "We'll see how you feel in a few weeks." On the way back from visiting the crash site she comes across a church where she finds the "angel" who was with her the night of the crash.

    FYI: The Season 5 Premiere episode, "The Wayfaring Stranger," will air again, right before the new one.

    Nashville
    "THE WAYFARING STRANGER"/"BACK IN BABY'S ARMS"
    Thursday, January 5th, 2017, at 9pm ET/8pm CT on CMT

    Thursday, January 5th, 2017, at 11:05pm ET/10:05pm CT on Nickelodeon

    FYI: both CMT & Nickelodeon will air the 2 episodes back-to back for 2hrs 5mins

    Rayna asks Deacon about making a concept album together; Scarlett struggles to trust Gunnar; and a men's fashion icon eyes Will.

    CREDITS (for "Back in Baby's Arms" only)
    MAIN CAST:
    Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes
    Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes
    Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor
    Chris Carmack as Will Lexington
    Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne
    Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley
    Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott
    Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad
    Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad

    GUEST CAST:
    James Moses Black as Pastor Lewis
    Steve Crawford as Himself
    Joseph David-Jones as Clayton Jones
    Rhiannon Giddens as Hallie Jordan
    Freddy Mullins as Preston
     
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    Info for the previous episode, "Back in Baby's Arms"; S5/E2:
    Rayna wants her next album to be about her and Deacon's story but Deacon and Bucky aren't so sure. Autumn Chase texts Gunnar and wants him to open up for her again which doesn't sit well with Scarlett. At a meeting with the label Rayna tells them what their new single is which leads to Scarlett getting in a tizzy when she can't figure out who Gunnar wrote the song about. She worries about their past instead of enjoying what they have now. While out celebrating his birthday Will meets Jakob Fine, a menswear designer. He invites Will to a
    trunk show. Kevin encourages Will to go to the party where Jakob hits on him. Before Jakob has the chance to kiss him, Will stops him and says that he is in a relationship. Juliette is frustrated that she is a "cripple" and also doesn't want the public to see her like this. Emily drives Juliette out to the church where she saw the woman who saved her. The pastor says that her name is Haley but he doesn't give her any personal details since Haley doesn't want any media attention. Juliette wants him to give her her thanks and cell number. He assures her that God has a plan for her. Zach Wells calls Rayna saying he is on his way to Nashville, he wants to "hack her cloud". Later on as Rayna walks into work someone watches her as they listen to her music.

    Nashville
    "LET'S PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN"
    Thursday, January 12th at 9pm ET/8pm CT on CMT
    FYI: this episode runs 1hr 3mins

    Thursday, January 12th at 11:01pm ET/10:01pm CT on Nickelodeon
    FYI: this episode runs 1hr 1min

    Maddie begins an internship at a recording studio and meets a street musician; Avery struggles producing a young YouTube sensation; Juliette meets her guardian angel.

    MAIN CAST:
    Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes
    Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes
    Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor
    Chris Carmack as Will Lexington
    Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne
    Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley
    Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott
    Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad
    Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad

    GUEST CAST:
    D'Kia Anderson as Posse Member #2
    Joseph David-Jones as Clayton Jones
    Liz McGeever as Studio Assistant
    Chris Russell as Street Fair Patron
     
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    Info for the previous episode, "Let's Put It Back Together Again"; S5/E3:
    Juliette listen to demos to motivate her recuperation from the plane crash. Avery decides to produce Ashley Wilkenson, a twentysomething YouTube sensation with millions of views and a promising career, but the talented girl is also a troublemaker. Rayna and Bucky decide to make a music video to get Scarlett and Gunnar's careers back on track. Maddie begins an internship at a recording studio and meets Clayton Carter, a street musician, whom she is romantically interested. Randall St. Claire becomes Highway 65's new social media and digital marketing manager.

    Nashville
    "LEAP OF FAITH"
    Thursday, January 19th at 9pm ET/8pm CT on CMT
    FYI: this episode runs 1hr 2mins

    Thursday, January 19th at 11pm ET/10pm CT on Nickelodeon
    FYI: this episode runs 1hr 1min

    Rayna receives a stunning offer from tech guru Zach Welles regarding Highway 65; an impatient Juliette seeks advanced treatment; Will and Kevin look for an apartment together.

    MAIN CAST:
    Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes
    Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes
    Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor
    Chris Carmack as Will Lexington
    Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne
    Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley
    Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott
    Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad
    Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad

    GUEST CAST:
    James Moses Black as Pastor Lewis
    Steve Crawford as Himself
    Joseph David-Jones as Clayton Jones
    Laura Fraker as Street Fair Goer
    Clay Jeffries as Bluebird Sound Tech
    Joanie Stewart as Sheila Goldfarb
     

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