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Hayden Panettiere, ‘Nashville’: Actress Joins Connie Britton on New Show About Country Singers

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ABC has picked up the pilot of a new drama series, ‘Nashville,’ a family soap set in the music industry, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, which at this point will only film the first episode, stars Hayden Panettiere (‘Heroes’) as breakout musical sensation Juliette Barnes and Connie Britton (‘Friday Night Lights’) as Rayna, the 40-year-old superstar mother of two, who has been forced to tour with the up-and-comer.

Previously announced cast members include Eric Close (‘Without a Trace’) as Rayna’s loyal husband, along with Powers Boothe (’24′), Sam Palladio (‘The Hour’), Clare Bowen (‘Home and Away’), Jonathan Jackson (‘General Hospital’) and Robert Wisdom (‘The Wire’).

Oscar winner Callie Khouri, who won for writing ‘Thelma & Louise,’ has partnered with R.J. Cutler to write and executive produce ‘Nashville.’ Cutler will direct the show’s pilot, which Deadline.com describes as “about love, country music, family, politics and sex.”

In addition to her acting career, Hayden has a slew of singing credits. Her debut single, ‘Wake Up Call’ was released in 2008. She also has a variety of songs that can be found on various movie soundtracks, including ‘Ice Princess,’ ‘Cinderella III: A Twist in Time’ and ‘Hoodwinked Too!’

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