First look at Wyclef Jean in ABC’s Nashville


First look at Wyclef Jean in ABC’s Nashville
Posted by Wilson Morales

November 20, 2012

Here’s the first look at Wyclef Jean, who will appear in a recurring role as a record-label exec on ABC’s Nashville. The Grammy Award winning artist will appear in the Nov. 28 episode “Lovesick Blues,” where Marshall Evans continues to pressure Rayna and Juliette to collaborate at an event at the Ryman theater. Teddy is also forced to reveal the truth to Rayna when Peggy’s desperation hits its peak, and in an effort to move past her failed relationship to Avery, Scarlett finds herself closer to Gunnar.

According to, it’s not the former Fugees member’s first attempt at acting — he has a handful of credits throughout the years, including several episodes of the medical drama “Third Watch” and a role in Beyonce‘s acting debut, the MTV movie “Carmen: A Hip Hopera.”

For those who haven’t watch the show, here’s the synopsis of the series

Music legend and entertainment icon Rayna Jaymes has been one of the industry’s top female vocalists for two decades. After working tirelessly to elevate her game, Rayna suddenly discovers her passion for the business is not enough to compete with the new generation of talent lighting up the charts. She is reluctant to accept the emerging trend in the business and refuses to be steamrolled by her longtime label, which she helped build. When they give her an offer she can’t refuse, Rayna is forced to accept the harsh reality that she’ll have to start over and reinvent herself if she plans on being relevant.

Offstage things aren’t much easier for Rayna, whose father, Lamar Wyatt, is Nashville’s most powerful businessman. Their distant relationship is strained by years of resentment and powerful secrets that begin to boil over when Lamar and her sister, Tandy, encourage Rayna’s husband, Teddy, to run for office. For Teddy Conrad, this might be his time to share the spotlight instead of being the man behind the woman. For years he’s competed against Rayna’s greatest love… her music. He’s been haunted by her romantic entanglements, which he thought were buried in the past, but now his choice to align himself with her father could send Rayna running back into the arms of her soul mate.

Juliette Barnes is sexy, sassy, and she’s got trouble written all over her. She’s the hottest act in the business and she’s not about to let anyone stand in the way of her success, much less Rayna Jaymes. On her way to the top, an even bigger set of circumstances will cast a shadow on her girl-next-door image. But Juliette is calculating, has an insatiable appetite for fame, and will do whatever it takes to leave her hard knocks past behind. Everyone in Nashville has a dream: Deacon Claybourne is the band leader whose unrequited love is constantly played out in the lyrics of familiar songs; Scarlett O’Connor is the beautiful undiscovered songwriter; Avery Barkley is a young misguided musician; and Gunnar Scott is an up and comer on a collision course with Scarlett.

“Nashville” stars Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights,” “American Horror Story”) as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”) as Juliette Barnes, Charles Esten (“Enlightened,” “Big Love”) as Deacon Claybourne, Eric Close (“Chaos,” “Without a Trace”) as Teddy Conrad, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Jonathan Jackson (“General Hospital”) as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Robert Ray Wisdom (“The Wire,” “Rampart”) as Coleman Carlisle and Powers Boothe (“MacGruber,” “24″) as Lamar Wyatt.

“NASHVILLE” airs WEDNESDAYS (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

  1. Wyclef will be a big bonus to the show. I already enjoy Nashville for the great acting, and the drama that pushes the music, but familiar faces so well-known in the real world music business will give me more to talk about with my coworkers at DISH. We find plenty of gossip in every episode, and I enjoy re-watching them when things get quieter around my house, so I’m saving this entire first season to my DISH Hopper. It’s nice to know that my DVR and its 2TB worth of memory allows me to save everything I want to in a TV season, plus an entire season. Cheers to a great new show that feeds my drama and music needs.