TVLine Items: Brad Paisley Heads to Nashville, USA Opens Graceland Gates Early and More!

Nashville Cast Brad PaisleyNashville is dipping into the real world’s country-music talent pool for its Season 1 finale.

Grammy winner Brad Paisley will make a cameo in the ABC drama’s upcoming season capper (airing May 22), performing with Rayna and Deacon at the CMAs, reports.

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TVLine has learned, meanwhile, that twang-tinged crooner will not share any screentime with his wife, Nashville player Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

Ready for today’s TV dish? Well…

• USA Network is giving viewers a chance to visit Graceland ahead of its scheduled June 6 premiere. The new drama’s debut installment will be made available via most cable providers’ video-on-demand service from April 29 to May 12.

• The final numbers — including DVR+7 playback — are in for Justified‘s fourth season, and the FX series scored its most watched cycle ever in total viewers (averaging 4.1 million, up 4 percent). Versus its freshman run, the acclaimed drama is now up 20 percent in total audience. In the coveted 18-49 demo, Justified‘s Season 4 was flat, averaging a 1.85 rating.

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• TBS’ Bill Lawrence/Greg Malins penned pilot Ground Floor is staging a Pitch Perfect reunion with the addition of Alexis Knapp. The workplace comedy follows a 25-year-old alpha male (Perfect‘s Skylar Astin) who, upon crossing paths with his company’s support staff, realizes he’s not nearly as happy as he thought he was. Knapp plays a co-worker at the company.

• D.L. Hughley (The Hughleys) and Michael Ian Black (Burning Love) have been tapped to host the TBS’ new Mark Burnett-produced comedic game show Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host.

• Discovery’s Alaska: The Last Frontier returns with the second half of its Season 2 on May 19, per The Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. OMFG @brad and also Deacon performing with Rayna again? <3

  2. A says:

    They should really just leave Graceland alone and let it premiere on the actual day otherwise they should expect lower ratings for their premiere episode if people have already watched it.

    • Elyse says:

      most people I know don’t know about the on demand channels… still not sure about showing everyone the pilot ahead of time. why not just show us the first 10 minutes?

      • A says:

        ya clips or first 10 minutes is fine to get people excited but not the whole episode. I know I wouldn’t sit and watch an episode all over again so soon after I just watched it

    • Esaul says:

      It won’t hurt the show like you’d think. New Girl’s pilot was released early on iTunes. The premiere had strong ratings. I think seeing pilots early will become the new norm. Anyway, the average person doesn’t have a Nielsen box, so the viewership wouldn’t matter necessarily.

    • Amanda says:

      I think showing pilots early generates buzz for those of us in the online community. Most people wouldn’t even know about it being available unless they read an article like this. I don’t think it will highly affect overall numbers.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Id bet 80-90% of the viewership Graceland gets on the On-Demand will be like me, people who know about the show, are excited about the show, and will go searching specifically for it on my Comcast-On-Demand. A very low amount of viewership will be random stumbling across it.

      So what does that mean? Everyone like me will watch it, and if we love it, thats 1,000’s of people yelling and raving positive reviews/opinions about the show online, and in person to friends. So by word of mouth/internet more people will be anticipating the premier.

      Everyone that stumbles across it? They will watch it and if they like it…thats a new viewer for multiple episodes that USA wasnt going to have to begin with (cause the person didnt know about the show pre-OnDemand).

      So id say over all its win-win. And i cant wait, 6 days until i can watch it! :) Then like i was anyways (and most who would watch it On Demand on purpose) i will be DVR season recording all the episodes anyways, including the premier. So they will get a view from On-Demand and a DVR-View rating from my recording and re-watching it.

  3. Elena says:

    Just imagine if Justified was streaming on Netflix like Breaking Bad or Sons of Anarchy. It would be great to let people who haven’t had a chance to experience it catch up!