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'Nashville' (Wednesdays at 10 p.m., premieres in September): A legendary queen of country music struggles to maintain her place in the spotlight while dealing with an ambitious rising pop-country vixen who wants to knock her off the throne.
Chart-topping Rayna James (Connie Britton) has had a career any singer would envy, but her popularity is starting to wane. To reinvigorate her career, Rayna's record label thinks she should go back out on tour, opening for up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the young and sexy future of country music. A power struggle for popularity ensues, as Juliette tries to steal Rayna's spotlight.
Complicating matters, Rayna's wealthy but estranged father, Lamar Hampton (Powers Boothe), is a powerful force in business, Tennessee politics, and the lives of his two grown daughters. His drive for power results in a scheme to back Rayna's handsome husband, Teddy, in a run for Mayor of Nashville, against Rayna's wishes.
"Nashville" stars Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights," "American Horror Story") 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.
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