The series - which debuts tonight on ABC - stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) as a fading country music singer and Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) as a rising star looking to take her place.
Nashville - which also features Eric Close (Without a Trace) and Powers Boothe (Deadwood) - was devised by Oscar-winning Thelma & Louise writer Callie Khouri and is co-produced by star Britton.
Other UK broadcasters considered buying the series, Variety reports, but ultimately decided that its appeal could be limited due to the number of country songs featured in each episode.
A number of new US series have already secured UK broadcasters - The CW's Arrow and CBS drama Elementary are due to premiere on Sky1 and Sky Living respectively later this month, while NBC's Animal Practice, ABC's 666 Park Avenue and Fox sitcom Ben and Kate have all been picked up by ITV2.
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Watch a preview for Nashville below: