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Photo Credit:  ABC
  • Premiered: 
    October 10, 2012
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Callie Khouri 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

Chart-topping Rayna Jaymes is a country-music legend who's struggling to maintain her popularity, while at home her estranged father is scheming to back her husband Teddy's run for Nashville mayor -- against her wishes. Rayna has had a career any singer would envy, though lately her popularity is starting to wane and she's not packing the arenas like she used to. Her record label thinks a concert tour, opening for up-and-comer Juliette Barnes, the young and sexy future of country music, is just what Rayna needs. The scheming Juliette can't wait to steal Rayna's spotlight, but Rayna won't give up that easily, as she taps the undiscovered songwriting talent of Scarlett O'Connor. Meanwhile, Rayna's father, Lamar Wyatt, is a powerful force in business and Tennessee politics who causes havoc in the lives of his two grown daughters. NASHVILLE returned for its second season on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT, picking up with the aftermath of the car crash in the Season 1 finale. Now, Rayna is in a coma and Deacon is left to wait on his pending jail sentence. Teddy is still shell-shocked about Peggy's pregnancy and struggles to understand where he belongs. Meanwhile, Maddie grapples with the revelation that Deacon is her father and, feeling alone, turns to Juliette, unwittingly revealing the details of what happened before the traumatic crash. And Gunnar and Scarlett's relationship becomes even more complicated after the proposal, so they turn to their friends, Will and Zoey, for support. NASHVILLE returned for its third season on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC. In the Season 3 opener, "That's Me Without You," a torn Rayna must choose not just between two men, but two directions that her life could take. Juliette, struggling to repair her relationship with Avery, auditions for the leading role of a film biopic. Meanwhile, Scarlett, determined to start fresh, embarks on a road trip home and bonds with an unexpected stowaway, and Will and Layla manage the fallout from his on-camera confession. This season premiere features three live performances within the episode, each performed twice -- once for east coast and once for west coast: real-life superstar duo Florida Georgia Line performs one of their songs; Chris Cormack sings "If It's Love," written by the Striking Matches; and Charles Esten sings a song he co-wrote with Deanna Carter, "I Know How to Love You Now." NASHVILLE returned for its fourth season on Wednesday, September, 23, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC. In the season opener, "Can't Let Go," Steven Tyler guest stars as himself to sing a duet of "Crazy" with Juliette Barnes. With Juliette's starring role in the Patsy Cline bio-pic, she is at an all-time career high, but is hitting a personal low. Meanwhile Avery, separated from Juliette, tends to baby Cadence at his parents' home in Texas. Rayna, along with her family and friends, grapple with the chilling aftermath of Deacon's liver transplant. On Thursday, January 5, 2017, CMT debuted the two-hour Season 5 premiere of NASHVILLE. The fifth season begins with Rayna and Deacon facing a new normal with Maddie now back home and Highway 65 struggling financially. The shocking news about Juliette creates a wave of emotions throughout Nashville and sets Rayna off on a journey of discovery. The upcoming season features Joseph David-Jones as Clay, Rhiannon Giddens as Hallie Jordan, Jen Richards as Allyson Del Lago, and Cameron Scoggins as Zach Welles in recurring roles. NASHVILLE returned for its Season 5 midseason premiere on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on CMT, with Rachel Bilson and Kaitlin Doubleday joining the series in the second half of the fifth season. In addition, Jeff Nordling will recur in the role of Brad Maitland, an extremely successful, charming, egotistical, narcissistic owner of the most successful record label in Nashville. Bilson plays Alyssa Greene, a Silicon Valley marketing expert who is brought in to take Highway 65 to the next level. She isn't a country music fan, which she's not afraid to admit because the product doesn't matter to her. It's all about breaking through the old models and winning through disruption. Driven and brilliant, she'll do anything to avoid showing vulnerability in business and relationships. Doubleday portrays Jessie Caine, a singer/songwriter who left Nashville a few years ago under a cloud of scandal, but has returned to reclaim her career and the son that was taken from her. Doubleday's character will be introduced during the series' 100th episode on June 15 and Bilson will join a few episodes later. The midseason premiere picks up 10 weeks after the events that unfolded in the midseason finale, as Deacon helps Daphne with a school project -- but Daphne feels unmotivated. Meanwhile, Juliette gives Maddie unsolicited advice about a song, and Scarlett and Gunnar receive news about the baby.
On Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, CMT premiered the Season 5 finale of NASHVILLE. In the season ender, "Reasons to Quit," 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. Four months earlier -- on Monday, April 10, 2017 -- CMT announced NASHVILLE will return for a new 6th season with 16 episodes premiering early next year.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by ABC Studios
  • Produced by Lionsgate
  • Produced by Gaylord Entertainment


  • - Nashville, Tennessee USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • March 26, 2014: Layla Grant & Will Lexington are married
  • December 10, 2014: Juliette Barnes & Avery Barkley are married
  • April 8, 2015: Cadence Barkley is born
  • October 7, 2015: Beverly O'Connor dies
  • March 16, 2016: Rayna Jaymes & Deacon Claybourne are married
  • February 23, 2017: Rayna Jaymes dies