Rayna and Deacon Finally Get Their Nashville Wedding

Gregory E. Miller
CHARLES ESTON, CONNIE BRITTON, nashville
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After 75 episodes of boot-rocking chemistry, wedding bells are finally ringing for Nashville’s Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten). Following the long-awaited proposal in the midseason finale (and a short time jump), the drama returns tonight with the country crooners tying the knot. “I’ve always been a big advocate for the two of them getting together,” Britton says. “Instead of just seeing them struggling with their past, it would be interesting to see them struggling with their present a little bit.”

But don’t expect an event the size of Kim’s Fairytale Wedding. “I would say there’s probably not a lot of similarities between Rayna and Kim Kardashian!” Britton quips. Instead, the ceremony will be an intimate affair. “It feels like the wedding Rayna has always wanted. She wants the people she loves most and cares about to be there, and she wants it to stay out of the press.”

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Rayna also has plenty of meat for Britton to dig into over the rest of the season. As she and Deacon adjust to married life, their daughter, Maddie (Lennon Stella), will cause more trouble than ever. And the singer turned record-label owner will again focus on her own music—a plotline Britton requested. “I said, ‘I miss it,’ and I imagine Rayna misses it too.”

Britton is pulling double duty this spring, appearing as the morally corrupt Faye Resnick on The People v. O.J. Simpson (Tuesdays, 10/9c, FX). While she has yet to meet the real-life friend of Nicole Brown Simpson, Britton researched her life thoroughly and read her controversial bestselling book. Says Britton: “It’s a tell-all, so that was helpful!”

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Nashville, Wednesday, March 16, 10/9c, ABC