‘Nashville’ is an American musical drama series. It is created by Callie Khouri and produced by R.J. Cutler, Steve Buchanan, Khouri and Dee Johnson; their terms varying over the course of four seasons. From season five onwards, it is produced by Marshall Herskovitz, Liberty Goodshall and Ed Zwick.
The series depicts the lives of different fictional country music singers who live in Nashville, Tennessee. At the centre of its story is Rayna Jaymes, a famous country music celebrity on the verge of fading from people’s minds. Juliette Barnes is a rising star whose increasing popularity has become a threat to Jaymes. She hatches a plot to ruin the young woman’s career. Khouri is an Academy Award-winning writer, best known for her work in the classic ‘Thelma and Louise’. The show initially ran on ABC from 2012 to 2016. The network cancelled it after the fourth season. However, it received another breath of life after CMT picked it up and allowed it a run of two more seasons. The series helped in spiking the tourism industry of Tennessee, and The Bluebird Cafe, which is often cited in the show, particularly benefitted from it. The theatrical rights of the show have been acquired by Scott Delman who wants to produce its Broadway musical adaptation.
Nashville Plot: What’s it about?
The series begins with competition between Rayna Jaymes, a famous country music singer rapidly losing her popularity and Juliette Barnes, an upcoming young star. Rayna Jaymes is titled as the Queen of Country Music. But her latest album didn’t do well in the charts, and her live shows didn’t sell tickets as well. In the midst of this, her record label suggested her to open for the upcoming singer Juliette Barnes. Juliette is the sexy and young best-selling singer of bubble gun county pop. Juliette sees Rayna as privileged, consumed by her fame and not acknowledging her fans. She decides to keep her distance from this figure. On the other side, Reyna doesn’t like Juliette’s style of music and rejects the prospect of a joint tour with her. The two stars fight to get the famous guitarist Deacon Claybourne, who is Rayna’s bandmate and ex-lover, to perform on their tours. Rayna’s life gets complicated furthermore when her millionaire father convinces her husband, Teddy Conrad to run for the mayor of Nashville. Season 6 follows country stars Deacon Claybourne, Juliette Barnes and the Highway 65 record label family as they try to keep the dream of Rayna James alive while they pursue their music with complicated relationships, family and the quickly changing industry.
Nashville Cast: Who’s in it?
The cast of ‘Nashville’ is led by Connie Britton, who plays the role of Rayna James. Britton is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress. Some of her best-known works include titles like ‘The Brothers McMullen’, ‘American Horror Story‘, ‘Friday Night Lights’, ‘The Fighting Fitzgeralds’ and ‘Lost at Home’. Hayden Panettiere plays the role of Juliette Barnes. She rose to prominence with her role of Claire Bennet in the sci-fi drama, ‘Heroes’. She was nominated for a Golden Globe twice, owing to her performance in ‘Nashville’. Her other acting credits include ‘One Life to Live’, ‘Remember the Titans’ and ‘Scream 4′.
Clare Bowen plays the role of Scarlett O’ Connor. Eric Close plays the role of Rayna’s husband, Teddy Conrad. He is known for his roles in ‘Without A Trace’, ‘Now and Again’, ‘The Magnificent Seven’ TV series, ‘Dark Skies’, ‘Santa Barbara’ and ‘McKenna’. Charles Esten plays the role of Rayna’s ex-boyfriend, Deacon Claybourne. Esten is best known for his work in ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’. He has also been a part of ‘Enlightened’, ‘Big Love’, ‘The Office‘ and ‘The Crew’. Jonathan Jackson appears in the role of a young, aspiring musician, Avery Barkley, held back by his bad behaviour.
Nashville Season 7 Release Date: Will it Happen?
‘Nashville’ season 6 premiered on January 4, 2018. While the sixth season had its own fans, but truth be told the first couple of seasons of the show were its best. With Khouri in charge of the story, the beginning is full of twists and turns and is rife with emotions that are complemented by the melodious scores featured in the series. Britton and Panettiere were singled out for their performances and the show received near perfect mark on the rating boards of reputed review websites like Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes. However, after the third season, the level dropped a couple of steps. ABC must have sensed this downfall, which is what made it cancel the series. But ‘Nashville’ was far from gone. In fact, it was still better than most shows and received a revival after CMT decided to allow the storytellers to bring it to a proper end in the course of the next couple of seasons.
The show could never really get back to its good old days, but it didn’t disappoint the fans too much. The fans still loved it and it is a good thing that the showrunners realised when they had reached the end of the line. Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, said, “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to its triumphant close at the end of the upcoming season.” Because the show has received a planned end, the chances of a revival are low. However, with beloved series like this, you never know. Perhaps, some other network realises the untapped potential and picks up a spin-off or decides to continue with the story. In any case, if we receive any news on ‘Nashville’ season 7 release date, we will update this section.
For a lover of musicals, ‘Nashville’ is a perfect treat. It is full of drama and tension and some great music. You can revisit the journey of your beloved characters by watching all the season of the show, available on Hulu. Here is the trailer of the sixth season to give you a glimpse of things to come if you haven’t yet caught up with the story.
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