LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AXS TV is going country, premiering the fourth season of the popular music drama NASHVILLE on Saturday, October 1, at 9pE/6pP. The network will air back-to-back episodes every Saturday night at 9pE and 10pE, with encores following immediately after. AXS TV is the exclusive broadcast home to the first four seasons of this Emmy®-nominated production.
Kicking off the festivities on October 1 is a NASHVILLE Marathon, starting at 3:30pE with a special NASHVILLE encore edition of THE BIG INTERVIEW, following host Dan Rather as he tours some of the series' most iconic sets, and speaks with stars Connie Britton and Charles Esten about their careers, personal lives, and their roles on the show. Then, stay tuned to watch the last five episodes of NASHVILLE's season three at 4pE, leading up to the first two episodes of season four at 9pE and 10pE. The first two episodes of the fourth season will immediately encore after their premieres.
"AXS TV is proud to be the broadcast home of season four of NASHVILLE," said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV's senior vice president, programming and development. "Packed with unprecedented guest appearances, standout musical numbers, and captivating drama, it's easy to see why this series has resonated so much with its viewers. This is a perfect chance for fans both old and new to relive all the intensity of NASHVILLE's climactic fourth season."
Produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment, NASHVILLE is set against the backdrop of the city's music scene and 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 storm 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 are doing everything in their power to stay on top.
NASHVILLE stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad, Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad and Aubrey Peeples as Layla Grant.
In addition to its dramatic plots and unforgettable performances, NASHVILLE has featured a number of impressive guest appearances from some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Katie Couric, and Conan O'Brien, just to name a few.
ABOUT AXS TV
AXS TV is the cable industry's leading general entertainment network for live event programming. Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing groundbreaking music programming, stand-up comedy performances from today's top comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions. The network's franchises include THE X FACTOR UK and NASHVILLE; as well as original programs such as THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather; ROCK & ROLL ROAD TRIP WITH SAMMY HAGAR; THE WORLD'S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS; GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE; AXS TV FIGHTS; and INSIDE MMA.
AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers, including members of the National Cable Television Cooperative. The network is also distributed in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on Instagram; Tumblr; Cyber Dust and YouTube.
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the ground-breaking hit series Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama series The Royals, the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual and the breakout success Greenleaf.
The Company's feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me and John Wick series, Sicario, Nerve, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films' Addicted and the breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com
ABOUT ABC STUDIOS
ABC Studios is a leader in the development, production and strategic distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and on demand platforms. The studio is the key content provider for the ABC Entertainment Group, having produced multiple seasons of hit series, including current shows "American Crime," "black-ish," "Quantico," "Grey's Anatomy," "How to Get Away with Murder," "The Real O'Neals," "Marvel's Agents of "S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Mistresses," "Once Upon a Time," "Scandal" and "Secrets and Lies" for ABC; "Criminal Minds," "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" and "Code Black" for CBS and "Devious Maids" for Lifetime.
ABOUT OPRY ENTERTAINMENT
Opry Entertainment(r), a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP), is a producer of multi-media entertainment experiences with primary interests in location-based entertainment and television and stage production. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, its core business segments include the world-famous Grand Ole Opry(r), the historic Ryman Auditorium(r), and legendary radio station 650 AM-WSM.
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