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.
  • AFIS 100 Years Series:
  • The Danza:
    • Timmy Brown as Tommy Brown.
    • Hal Phillip Walker is voiced by Altman associate Thomas Hal Phillips.
  • Throw It In: The breaking off of the airport parking lot gate by an exiting vehicle was not intentional.
  • 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 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.
  • 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."
  • 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).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Written-In Infirmity: A rare subversion; as per Word of God, the writers decided to give Juliette a baby before Panettiere became pregnant for real. Insert joke about method acting here.
    • Averted with Maisy Stella breaking her foot; it won't be included in the show (and given her character Daphne has yet to get her own storyline plus Maisy being the biggest Absentee Actor on set, it likely won't cause many problems).