The cast of ABC's new drama Nashville is one of the best things about it, along with its fabulous music and great writing. So many amazing actors! Here are the major names:

Connie Britton: When Friday Night Lights went off the air, we were beyond bummed in large part because, sob, no more Connie! But then she came back with a bang in the first season of American Horror Story, and now, in Nashville, a role that's as juicy as any she's played — country music superstar Rayna James. Rayna's star is on the wane, her husband is a financially shady philanderer, her mogul father is a maniacal tyrant, and her ex-boyfriend is an ex-addict who is still in love with her, and she with him. And she has two lovely little daughters! 

Hayden Panetierre: One of the Heroes no longer, the lovely Hayden rocks out in a country way as troubled young singing star Juliette Barnes. Juliette keeps saying and doing things she shouldn't, which makes for lots of drama, including a feud with Rayna. And, oh, her addict mother! That woman is trouble. 



Charles Esten: Guitar-playing singing-songwriting ex-addict Deacon Claybourne finds himself in a lady country singer sandwich between Rayna and Julliette! If the actor playing Deacon looks famiiar, well, gol darn it, he is! We liked Charles best, among his many credits, in The Office, and on Big Love

Eric Close: As Rayna's husband, Teddy Conrad, Eric has the sleazy-but-charming politician thing down pat. He's got a girlfriend and some questionable financial dealings to contend with, but he's running for Mayor of Nashville anyway! 'Cause Rayna's rich and powerful daddy asked him. You know Eric from TV shows like Suits and Without a Trace. And he was Rubber Man on the first season of American Horror Story!



Credit: Bob D’Amico/ABC Television Group © 2012 Disney Photo: Robert Wisdom in Season 1 of Nashville

Robert Wisdom: Robert was unforgettable in The Wire as Bunny Colvin, one of the only honest, and certainly the most creative, police chief in crime-ridden Baltimore. Now he's sinking his teeth into the part of Coleman Carlisle, longtime friend of Rayna's family, who finds himself at odds with them when the crafty Lamar Wyatt decides to have his son-in-law, Teddy, run against Coleman for Mayor of Nashville. You don't cross Lamar, so Coleman has to watch his back at all times. 

Powers Boothe: Damn. Powers Boothe sure knows how to play the powerful bad guy — you can hear the hissing the moment he comes on screen. As Rayna's father, Lamar Wyatt, Powers wheels and deals like nobody's business, trying to fix an election and interfere, yet again, in his superstar daughter's life. You know him from so many shows in the past, including 24 and Deadwood

Claire Bowen: Newcomer Claire plays sweet young Scarlett O'Connor, Deacon's niece and a waitress at the Blue Bird, the hottest club in town. Her boyfriend, Avery Barkley (played by Jonathan Jackson) is a jealous, low-talent musician, and her songwriting partner, Gunnar Scott (played by Sam Palladio) is super-talened, not to mention kind and patient — but is he patient enough for Scarlett to see the light?



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