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Wyclef Jean Moves to Nashville

Wyclef Jean and the cast of Nashville

Wyclef Jean has landed a recurring role on Nashville.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rapper-singer will play... read more

American Horror Story Scoop: Dylan McDermott Returning in Season 2

Dylan McDermott

Another familiar face will be popping up in the second season of American Horror Story!

Dylan McDermott is returning for a second round, executive producer Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter Wednesday.

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Watch My Show: Nashville's Callie Khouri Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Callie Khouri

Nashville executive producer Callie Khouri has not only spent time living in Nashville, she's also married to a decorated music industry vet — Grammy- and Oscar-winning musician/record producer T-Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart). It's those bona fides that give the Thelma and Louise screenwriter the cred to create her first TV show. The music-heavy new drama (Wednesdays, 10/9c, ABC), starring Connie Britton as an aging country superstar and Hayden Panettiere as her young, pop-centric rival, was named best new show by just about every critic this fall. Khouri answered our showrunner survey to explain why we should saddle up to Nashville... read more

Fall TV Popularity Contest: Was Arrow Super Enough? Did Nashville Hit the Right Note?

Connie Britton, Stephen Amell

Was CW's Arrowand its sexy star Stephen Amell — super enough? Did Connie Britton's Nashville on ABC hit the right now? And did NBC's Chicago Fire heat you up?

Now that the three new Wednesday-night dramas have premiered, we want to know your thoughts... read more

New Season Reviews: Nashville, Arrow, Chicago Fire

Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton

Though the TV season is already a few weeks old, tonight counts as one of the biggest rollouts of fall, with three high-profile premieres on three networks, including my favorite pilot of an admittedly anemic batch.

Even in a better season, ABC's Nashville (10/9c) would stand out, making beautiful music and juicy drama with its sensationally entertaining medley of backstage rivalries, family and political shenanigans, and enough sexy-sudsy twists to transform Music City into Sin City. Can you enjoy Nashville if country music isn't your thing? read more

Connie Britton Hits a High Note on Nashville

Connie Britton

As country-music superstar Rayna Jaymes, Boston-born Connie Britton takes the y'all she perfected as Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights and sets it to music on ABC's highly anticipated Nashville, premiering tonight. Set in the change-on-a-dime music industry, the series charts the fates of veteran Rayna and It Girl Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) as they compete for downloads and dollars. For Rayna, those two things will prove ever more elusive in the next few episodes, as secrets from her personal life begin to threaten her career — and her bandleader ex, Deacon (Charles Esten), grows closer to catty rival Juliette. We caught up with Britton on the Tennessee set of her new show.... read more

Nashville Creator Callie Khouri: "It's Far From a Show Just About Country Music"

Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton

Nashville creator and executive producer Callie Khouri wants people to know that you don't have to love (or even like) country music to enjoy her new show — but you might fall in love with the show's original tunes anyway.

"It's far from a show just about country music," Khouri, who won a screenplay Oscar for writing Thelma and Louise, tells "It has characters that are real, they're layered, they're complicated, they're terrible, they're fantastic, they're all the things that people are."

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Ask Matt: Launching Nashville, NBC Comedies, Boardwalk, Dancing With Palin, More

Connie Britton

Question: I noticed that there are back-to-back new episodes of Modern Family this Wednesday night leading up to the premiere of the new musical drama series Nashville, while Suburgatory won't have its season premiere episode until the following week! Why did the TPTB at ABC felt the need to air two new episodes of Modern Family instead of premiering the second season of Suburgatory after MF and before Nashville? Was it because the network believes that two new episodes of MF running back-to-back together can make a more powerful lead-in to the series premiere of Nashville ratings-wise than Suburgatory, or is the network just that plain lazy with their programming schedule? — Chris B

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Exclusive: Jimmy Kimmel's Head Writers Give the Backstory to This Year's Emmy Gags

Jimmy Kimmel

When Jimmy Kimmel decided to pull a prank on Twitter during Sunday night's 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Tracy Morgan didn't hesitate to help out. Actually, he was more than willing: He suggested taking his shirt off for the bit — something Kimmel (probably wisely) decided to nix.

Morgan wasn't the only one who quickly answered Kimmel's call for help with this year's awards show. Stars from Girls' Lena Dunham and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul to singer Josh Groban and the reality emcees who butchered the Emmys as hosts five years ago all went beyond the call of duty. Jimmy Kimmel Live! co-head writers Molly McNearney (who in her spare time is also Kimmel's fiancée) and Gary Greenberg gave TV Guide Magazine some exclusive tidbits on how this year's Emmy laughs came together... read more

How Primetime Is Getting A Little Bit Country

Connie Britton

Nashville, the city, and Nashville, the country music industry, are expecting big things from Nashville, the new fall drama from ABC. The serialized drama, which stars Connie Britton as an country singer juggling her home life and struggling to remain a relevant artist, might not have made it on the air a few years ago.

But just as country music is moving toward the mainstream, the mainstream is gravitating toward country music — and TV execs, hungry for audiences, are eager to tap into country's loyal fan base. "We know from our proprietary research that about 96 million Americans qualify as country music fans, based on their listening habits and purchase behavior," says Country Music Association marketing director Cory Chapman. "That leads to a big opportunity for a network to go after that audience."

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