Trivia / Nashville

The movie:

  • Actor Allusion: Sort of. Haven Hamilton's song "Keep-a Goin'" is taken from a poem Henry Gibson had first performed in a guest appearance on The Dick Van Dyke Show a decade earlier.
  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • The Cast Showoff: Of the actors who portrayed singers, only Ronee Blakley and Allan Nicholls had been professional musicians prior to the movie, but the others had all either played music on the side, did musical theater, or in the case of Karen Black and Timothy Brown, had worked as nightclub singers alongside their acting.
  • The Danza:
    • Timmy Brown as Tommy Brown.
    • Hal Phillip Walker is voiced by Altman associate Thomas Hal Phillips.
    • Haven Hamilton's offscreen Record Producer is voiced by Robert Altman, and happens to be named Bob.
  • Method Acting:
    • Henry Gibson reportedly stayed in character as Haven during the whole shoot, to the extent that his wife was getting worried about him.
    • Allan Nicholls was so into playing Bill that he was genuinely shocked and hurt when he saw the dailies of Tom and Mary in bed togethernote , even though he was close friends with Keith Carradine and Cristina Raines in real life.
    • Keith Carradine was disgusted by Tom, but realized that it was helping his performance since Tom was a character who thoroughly hated himself.
  • One-Book Author: In universe, Bill, Mary & Tom have only released one album but seem to be on the verge of breaking up.
  • Throw It In:
    • The breaking off of the airport parking lot gate by an exiting vehicle was not intentional.
    • Allan Nicholls didn't know what "knew him in the Biblical sense" meant, so Bill's naïve reaction to Opal was totally genuine and spontaneous.
    • The argument between Barnett and Triplette at the Parthenon was improvised. Michael Murphy was so startled at how vicious Allen Garfield was getting that he screwed up one of Triplette's lines ("you're putting the knife in her back, bu-buster!") but it stayed in the film.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Robert Duvall was Altman's first choice to play Haven Hamilton, but proved unavailable.
    • Gary Busey was supposed to play Tom, but quit before filming began. Keith Carradine, who was originally cast as Bill, took over the role. Even though he left, one of the songs Busey wrote for the movie ("Since You've Gone") stayed.
    • The original plan was for ABC to air a 9-hour expanded version as a miniseries after the film's theatrical run, but the middling box office returns led the network to opt out.
    • Altman came very close to making a sequel around 1987, with most of the cast reprising their rolesnote , but it ended up in Development Hell. A few years later Short Cuts was widely regarded as Nashville's Spiritual Successor.

The TV show:

  • Actor Allusion: Juliette is not the only one who dates football players, so does Hayden.
    ...first there was the older man thing and then the football player thing. It almost feels like they're copying HP's real life love life. - Television Without Pity poster.
  • Award Category Fraud: Although she plays one of the show's two central characters, Hayden Panettiere received a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Golden Globes in 2012 and 2013.
  • The Cast Showoff: Half the cast qualify, really (see Non-Singing Voice).
    • Juliette doing a solo number with the church choir ("Where He Leads Me").
    • Scarlett sitting in with a bar band and doing a completely gratuitous cover of "Ring Of Fire" ("Lovesick Blues").
    • For the season three premiere, Charles Esten performed a song he co-wrote with Deana Carter. We have a winner, ladies and gentlemen.
  • Channel Hop:
    • In the UK the first two seasons aired on Channel Four diginet More4, with season three being on sister channel E4. As it didn't quite fit on the channel (among its series are Hollyoaks, Empire, Baby Daddy and endless airings of The Big Bang Theory) along with the long delay in airing season three, the series moved to Sky Living for season four.
    • In the US, however, it did this when CMT picked it up for a fifth season post-cancellation.
  • Contractual Purity: Juliette dislikes how her fanbase are almost entirely teenage girls and how she is restricted to performing with sparkle machines and dancers. When she tries to perform a more mature and low-key song at a concert, alongside the others, a critic smashes her, but her fans like it.
  • The Danza: Charlie Bewley as Charles Wentworth.
  • Deleted Scene: Promo material for "Two Sides To Every Story" included a shot of Juliette and Deacon, but it was cut from the episode.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Eric Close directed "You're Lookin' At Country" and "Can't Get Used To Losing You."
  • Fake Nationality: Sam Palladio (English) as Gunnar, Clare Bowen (Australian) as Scarlett, the Stella sisters (Canadian) as Maddie and Daphne, and Michiel Huisman (Dutch) as Liam.
    • Also applies, in a sense, to many of the characters played by actual Americans with only Will Chase (from Kentucky) coming from anywhere close to Tennessee (Alabama native Juliette is played by New York State-born Hayden Panettiere).
  • I Knew It: Many people guessed that Micah was Jason's son and not Gunnar's as soon as Kiley mentioned him in her debut episode.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Juliette Barnes, played by a well-known Friend to All Living Things, having difficulty with cute critters in "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)."
    • Newbie actor Derek Hough as a veteran actor. He even asks Juliette if she's ever acted before.
  • Life Imitates Art: See Written-In Infirmity below.
  • Name's the Same: There was a show on FOX in 2007 also called Nashville. It was a reality show that taped only six episodes, four of which never aired.
    • It's also totally unrelated to the Robert Altman film (although at least one British journalist, writing in The Times, seems to think it's a remake).
      • Similarly, Avery's song "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" is not a cover of the Charlie Rich track.
  • No Hit Wonder: Deacon. Outside of Nashville, he's unheard of. But literally every musician in the show loves his music; even Liam, the rock musician who hates country, claims to be a fan of his. Within the music industry, there is an arms race between three artists/bands to get him on their tour.
    • The songs released from the series itself. Those that have charted on the country charts did so almost entirely from downloads, with almost no support from radio. The only exception is Hayden Panettiere's "Telescope", which barely hit the Top 40 on the airplay chart.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Averted - all of the actors do their own singing (as demonstrated in the Nashville: On The Record specials and on tours).
  • Playing Against Type: Who'd have thought cute, perky little Hayden Panettiere would ever be cast as a bitchy bed-hopping no-talent minx? And that many would hail her for it?
    • To say nothing of funny improv actor Chip Esten playing a troubled alcoholic.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Hayden Panettiere is a big fan of country music, as shown in this interview from 2011.
  • Reality Subtext: Juliette's pregnancy was written before Hayden Panettiere became pregnant for real, and her struggle with postpartum depression is reflected in Juliette's story as well.
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor: The series would've had a better chance of being renewed for a fifth season if not for certain political developments which we would rather not discuss here; Word of Saint Paul even hinted the same circumstances might play a part if and when it got cancelled. In any case, the move was a surprise to many insiders as the show has had a history of being renewed while on the brink.
  • Scully Box: For some reason the show's promotional shoots try really hard to hide how much shorter Hayden Panettiere is than nearly all the other cast members (even though the show itself almost never does - see Throw It In below for instance).
  • Shout-Out: In "Nobody Knows But Me" Jade St. John's opening act is Enation, which is the name of Jonathan Jackson's real-life band.
  • Throw It In:
  • Troubled Production: Implied by T-Bone Burnett in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter after he left the show (which he had always intended to do after the first season):
    Some people were making a drama about real musicians' lives, and some were making a soap opera, so there was that confusion. It was a knockdown, bloody, drag-out fight, every episode. You remember that show The Prisoner? If I were to tell you the truth, you'd think I was insane.
  • Wag the Director: The pixie haircut Scarlett debuts in "Can't Get Used To Losing You" was done with the blessings of Callie Khouri, due to Clare Bowen having suffered from cancer as a child and wishing to demonstrate that not having oceans of hair on your head didn't mean you were worthless.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jack Coleman auditioned for a role, but the producers had already cast Hayden Panettiere and they didn't want audiences to be reminded of their previous association on Heroes. But they didn't know (or perhaps they did) that another cast member (Burgess Jenkins) had already worked with Miss Panettiere more than ten years previously in Remember the Titans...
    • Juliette was originally meant to be The Rival to Rayna, all the way to being the official antagonist.
    • Had the show been given a fifth season on ABC, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz would have replaced Dee Johnson in the showrunner position. Due to the Channel Hop from ABC to CMT, only time will tell if this happens or not.
    • The fourth season finale had an alternate ending; the one used didn't go down well...
  • Written-In Infirmity: Subverted twice:

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