Video: Nashville's Connie Britton and Charles Esten Talk Love, 'Life Experience' With Dan Rather

Like the best country songs, Charles Esten‘s theory on why Nashville‘s Rayna-Deacon love story has endured is both simple and sweet.

“She was the one, and she was always the one,” Deke’s alter ego says in this exclusive clip from an upcoming special about the ABC series. (Does he know the path to Nashies’ hearts or what?)

In advance of Nashville‘s debut on AXS TV, the cable network will devote a special edition of Dan Rather’s The Big Interview — with Esten and leading lady Connie Britton — on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 8/7c.

AXS TV then will broadcast encore episodes of Nashville from the beginning, starting on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 pm, with three episodes airing back-to-back-to-back each week (and with limited commercial interruption through Oct. 17).

Press PLAY on the video above to hear Esten wax romantic about ‘Deyna,’ and press PLAY on the second video (below) to hear Britton react to Rather saying that “No woman is worth a damn until she’s at least 40.” (It’s a compliment… we think.) Then, make sure to scroll down to see exclusive photos from the special.

Nashville Connie Britton Charles Esten

Nashville Connie Britton Charles Esten

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  1. Alicia says:

    Omg thank u sooooo much Iv been waiting for ABC to do something like this so happy AXS tv has the insight to know what the fans want soooo grateful. Aww Chip Esten seriously knows how to make us swoon. Deyna Forever

  2. Shira says:

    FINALLY!! A BIG Nashville interview!! Been waiting for it for a long time! So exciting!

    ..And please, can people stop talking to Connie about her hair or age? Charles Esten just turned 50 – don’t see him being asked about that but with women getting older and still flourish it’s always a shock somehow…

  3. Drew says:

    Dan Rather is still working? Could he maybe get Brian Williams a job? They could make a whole network centered on hack journalists!

  4. Amy says:

    This should be a great interview! And so looking forward to the return of Nashville. Thanks, Kim!

  5. Jake L. says:

    I’ve never heard of this channel before — and it turns out that’s because Comcast does not offer it in my area. I don’t need to watch the repeats, but I’m very interested in the interview special; can you find out if it will be made available online for those like me who can’t watch live? Thanks!

  6. Miranda says:

    My heart just went boom – so beautiful.
    Hoping there’ll be an interview with Hayden too. She’s just as essential to the heart and drama of the show.

  7. As others have commented: it’s about damn time we get an interview like this!! ABC….you kinda suck when it comes to promoting/posters/dvds (no bonus features at all) and did I say promoting? All things Nashville. Good job AXS!

  8. terric7 says:

    I waited months for you to bring Nashville back and now you show us a few new shows and say you are going to make us wait even longer for new shows to start this winter. This is unfair to Nashville fans. Why can’t you make Nashville a regular TV show that is on all the time.