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ABC has picked up freshman drama Nashville for a full season, the network announced Monday.

Thecountry-music soap starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere asdueling divas is ABC's third full-season renewal - nine more episodestotaling 22 to carry it into spring - along with comedy The Neighbors and returning drama Scandal. Nashville averages about 9 million viewers, and wins its Wednesday 10 p.m. time period in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49 age group.

The network has several other shows whose full-season fate remains undetermined, including dramas 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort and late-premiering comedy Malibu Country.