Acclaimed US Country music drama Nashville returns tonight for the start of its second season on More4.

Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) once more head the cast as warring Queen of Country Rayna James and her young rival, Juliette Barnes.

In the first episode of the second run Rayna’s in a coma after the car crash that ended the first season, while Deacon (Charles Esten) has a serious hand injury but appears in court facing charges over the accident.

In typically selfish fashion, Juliette is annoyed that Rayna's predicament has given the stricken star extensive media coverage and is taking the spotlight away from her latest album release.

“Now,” says the petulant Juliette, “I have to compete with a saint in a coma?”

Nashville season two begins on More4 on Thursday Feb 6 at 10.00pm.