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NASHVILLE
Air Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#211) "I'll Keep Climbing"
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KELLY CLARKSON GUEST STARS AS HERSELF ON THE MIDSEASON RETURN OF ORIGINAL EPISODES OF "NASHVILLE"

Someone Lives, Someone Dies, Juliette Is Under Fire and Rayna Is Under Increased Pressure to Succeed With Highway 65

"I'll Keep Climbing" - In the aftermath of the death of someone in their circle, lives are changed forever in the world of "Nashville," and a new mystery arises. Kelly Clarkson guest stars as herself and makes Gunnar and Scarlett a once-in-a-lifetime offer. Juliette's reputation takes another body blow as creative video editing seems to show her proclaiming there is no God, further fueling her detractors. Rayna's bought herself out of Edgehill, but the the pressure to succeed is greater than ever, and Deacon struggles to write during his sobriety and relative stability and finds help from Maddie and Daphne on "Nashville," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"Nashville" stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad.

Guest starring Kelly Clarkson as herself, Judith Hoag as Tandy Hampton, Chaley Rose as Zoey, Aubrey Peeples as Layla, Ed Amatrudo as Glenn Goodman, David Alford as Bucky Dawes, Derek Krantz as Brent, Melvin Ray Kearney II as Bo, Donn Lamkin as Joey Bacanti, Michiel Huisman as Liam McGuinnis, Courtney Hanson as Emily, Jaren Johnston as herself and Lori Mitchell as Newscaster.

"I'll Keep Climbing" was written by Tyler Bensinger and directed by Callie Khouri.

"Nashville" is executive-produced by Dee Johnson ("Boss," "The Good Wife"), R.J. Cutler ("The September Issue," "The War Room," "A Perfect Candidate"), Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise") and Steve Buchanan. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment, and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L,S,V parental guideline.

For more information about "Nashville" visit ABC.com/Nashville

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NASHVILLE (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
10/10/12 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2014)
TIME SLOT:
wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
3 (??? episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's third) on 5/9/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, May 2014) Set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene, the critically-acclaimed series follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people. In "Nashville," musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storms driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame, others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and doing everything in their power to stay on top.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne
· Chris Carmack as Will Lexington
· Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor
· Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes
· Eric Close as Teddy Conrad
· Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes
· Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley
· Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad
· Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad
· Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Powers Boothe as Lamar Wyatt
· Robert Ray Wisdom as Coleman Carlisle
CREW INFORMATION:
· Callie Khouri as CRTR/EP
· Dee Johnson as EP
· James Parriott as EP
· R.J. Cutler as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Steve Buchanan as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios
· Lionsgate Television
· Opry Entertainment