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Hulu Plus Gets 'Nashville'

7 Feb, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Hayden Panettiere in ABC's "Nashville"

Hulu Feb. 7 announced it signed a deal with Disney/ABC Television Group giving Hulu Plus subscribers exclusive access to all episodes of country music drama “Nashville,” starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.

Under the agreement, Hulu Plus subscribers (and Hulu.com visitors) have access to all episodes through the most recent episode, “Too Far Gone,” which aired Feb. 5.

Currently in its second season, the critically acclaimed series finds Britton playing music legend Rayna Jaymes, the Queen of Country whose grip on the throne in “Music City” is slipping. Panettiere plays the sassy up-and-comer Juliette Barnes who trails trouble in her wake.

"Nashville" also features Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad and Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad.

In a blog post, Ben Kim, who's in charge of content acquisitions at Hulu, said the music helps separate “Nashville” from other nighttime dramas.

“The songs help drive the storyline and are woven inseparably into the characters that sing them,” Kim wrote. “Like when Barnes busted out with ‘Telescope’ in the second episode. Or when Gunnar and Scarlett had their first duet ballad, ‘Fade Into You,’ in episode three. And who could forget Maddie and Daphne’s (Stella sisters) epic performance of the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” in episode 16?”

Hulu is co-owned by The Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox, and NBC Universal.

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