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Channel 4 (UK) acquires Lionsgate’s Nashville

British broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired Hayden Panettiere-fronted drama Nashville after striking a deal with Lionsgate.

The ad supported, public service broadcaster will air the series, which will launch on ABC in the States, on its digital channel More 4.

The series stars Heroes’ Panettiere as a hot young musical star battling American Horror Story star Connie Britton’s older country music legend. It was created by Callie Khouri and is produced by The September Issue’s RJ Cutler.

Lionsgate is shopping the series to international broadcasters at MIPCOM along with new seasons of series including Mad Men.