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NASHVILLE: THE WHOLE STORY Special to Air 1/2 on ABC

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Relive your favorite moments and get caught up on all the romantic intrigue -- and America's hottest soundtrack -- from the series critics agree is one of the top new shows of the 2012-13 season, on "Nashville: The Whole Story," a special airing WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"Nashville: The Whole Story" features clips that tell the intersecting tales of music industry greats Rayna James and Juliette Barnes -- one a legend, another on the rise -- as they make their own ways in life, love and in their careers. Rayna's lead guitarist, Deacon, shares a tortured past with her, but has also opened his heart and his arms to Juliette, as Rayna struggles to save her marriage to Teddy, who's running for Mayor. The election pits Teddy against longtime family friend Coleman Carlisle and quickly turns ugly, thanks to the machinations of Rayna's plotting father, Lamar. Meanwhile struggling artist Avery, budding singer/songwriter Scarlett and soulful troubadour Gunnar form a love triangle that produces not only incredible passion and moving and heartfelt music.

"Nashville" stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, CLARE BOWEN as Scarlett O'Connor, ERIC CLOSE as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Robert Ray Wisdom as Coleman Carlisle and Powers Boothe as Lamar Wyatt.

"Nashville: The Whole Story" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

The "Nashville" soundtrack will be released December 11 by Big Machine Records.


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