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What To Look For In NASHVILLE Season 5: Shorter Scripts, Depths Of Relationships, More Music & Maddie Gets A Love Interest!

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So what will the rejiggered, relaunched Nashville feel and look like when it bows on its new home CMT come January?

Showrunner Marhsall Herskovitz previewed that they have tightened elements of the show.  He related: “First thing we mandated was shorter scripts, so there’s time for the music to play out.” But with that, he also intimated that the drama within the scripts will be more relationship-driven instead of catalysmtic-event driven. Herksovitz added: that they will be focusuing on the “depth and the complexity of the relationships instead of just feeling you needed to have incident piling on incident.”

In addition, the show will feature other styles of music that comes out of Nashville, with the addition of Joseph David-Jones (Clay) as an “modern/eclectic” artist.

But look for Jones to be involved in complex and tumultous on-screen romantic relaitonships with Maddie (Lennon Stella)!  According to TV Guide, Clay’s mood swings may be the result of something deeper than just your typical emotional ups-and-downs. Though he and Maddie come from wildly different socioeconomic backgrounds, they find common ground in music. And while the idea of dating a “bad boy” may appeal to Maddie initially… she’s going to be in for a lot more than she bargained for.”

So, what do you think of the upcoming changes for Nashville season 5?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.[aps-counter] [aps-get-count social_media=”comments”]

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Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Loved it the way it was…doesn’t sound like it’s going to be the same show. Hope it’s not butchered like Prospect Park did to OLTL which was uurecognizable.

Alan
Alan

If anybody can make this show watchable it’s Herksovitz and Zwick…

su0000
su0000

”more music” = less script ..
”more relationship-driven ” = less adventure/thrilling drama

I don’t Nashville… just isn’t for young peoples much like dancing with the stars LOL ..

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi su…I was happy to see we’re “both with her”… But, sigh…

Country music in general (putting “Nashville” the show aside)…has a large fan base…many, many of that base is young. Check out country music stars and bands…there’s a lot of talent in their 20s, 30s and 40s. With that said, if someone likes country music they’re going to admire the musician and the musicality of the performance. I can love Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra…as well as Adam Levine and Bruno Mars. I can like some old time/classic country music ( which I never did before) like Johhny Cash or Willie Nelson (though admittedly not much my type of music) as well as Keith Urban, Rascall Flatts, Band Perry, etc. It has nothing to do with this (tired subject) …age.

Once again you bring up adventure…thrilling drama, excitement. I don’t understand…you KNOW that there are many types of shows, different genres…drama, adventure, comedy, law, mystery, supernatural, music. I don’t watch How To Get Away With Murder and expect to be laughing my butt off like I did with “BrainDead.” (Did you watch that? Hilarious 12 episode parody of politics…disgusting with heads exploding, literally…but beyond funny, intelligent…just loved it!) but my point is “Nashville’s” not an adventure show, not a show packed with “”excitement.” It is, or was, what it was supposed to be…a show set in Nashville about the country music business and the rise and fall of the fictional characters complete with friendships, romance, backstabbing and great music … And, no..I wouldn’t make a special effort to hear any of the songs off the show or rush out and buy the cd’s even though I do like them…but in the context of the show the music is great and the actors are extremely talented. Even Jonathan Jackson plays some of his original stuff.

My concern is Herksovitz and Zwick…who ARE great writers…are trying to expand the viewership since it’s now on CMT, by playing more music and giving less story. That’s not the show I loved and was so looking forward to seeing again.

Later…

Rodd
Rodd

Too soon to tell, just based off that brief description. I’ll have to watch and judge it by how well any of this plays out. I was never a real fan of the music, so if it’s playing out more, I’ll FF through more. But I love the characters on the show and look forward to seeing their stories continue on TMC.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Maddie gets a new love interest? That’s supposed to be a drawing point? Maddie has far too much screen time as it is. NASHVILLE is presumably aimed toward adults; we don’t need anymore tween storylines, thank you. She’s a spoiled, whiny brat with none of her mother’s common sense and lacks even basic loyalty toward Daphne. Making her a focal point will be a mistake.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Kids are…kids! They go through stages of rebelling against parents, etc, whether in real life, our soaps or on this show. Maddie’s not violent, she doesn’t hurt anyone…but she found out the father she adores wasn’t really her father, she began to love her bio father Deacon, then he almost died, her father who’s not her bio dad but she still loves went to jail, her mother got divorced, got engaged…broke up. Etc, etc. Maddie’s entitled to be confused, searching, angry, etc. Still a good kid…not a “brat.”

As for adult drama, they’re going for ratings and trying to extend the viewership. That means more country music to bring in the country fans on CMT, as well as younger viewers. I understand WHY they’re doing it, but as I said above I loved “Nashville” as it was. I’m wary of their changes…

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Anything that gives us more music is fine by me. I swear there were episodes last season in which we didn’t even get a song — just a snippet or two.

janet
janet

I have been a fan of the show the way it was. Too much Maddie will make me DVR it so I can FF past the brat.I don’t mind some of her, but I want some of all the characters.Have loved the music for yeeaars, and as someone else said. I like almost all music. Well I guess we will see.

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NASHVILLE Midseason Premiere: You Gotta Have Heart

On Thursday night’s Nashville midseason premiere: heartache, heartbreak, and heart damage were the order of the day.  Through the hour episode, the Nashville men took front and center stage through their emotional songs and their dramatic turns.  

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We pick up right after Will (Chris Carmack) is rushed to the hospital after collapsing during The Chew performance in New York.  Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Alannah (Rainee Blake) learn from the doctor that their friend and bandmate is suffering from none other than a heart infection. The physician says, “Are any of you aware that he was using needles, injecting steroids?” Avery (Jonathan Jackson), and Alannah are stunned while Gunnar reveals that he knew about Will injecting himself once.  When Avery and Gunnar go visit Will in his hospital room, Gunnar is mad because he thinks it is “stupid” that Will did this to himself.

Will, as usual, sloughs it off and apologizes. But things don’t look good for Will. The doctor tells the country star to take it easy, and that he might need surgery, because there is something going on in his mitral valve in his heart. Will receives bad news; that he can’t play concerts or perform anytime soon.

When the news spreads through Nashville that Will has survived this heart scare, none other than Zach (Cameron Scoggins), Will’s ex, surprises him when Will is at home resting.  Zach gets a clue that Will’s steroid use may have something to do with the good-looking trainer, Mark, who he flaunted in front of his face when the two of them broke up.  As the two of them kind of flirt with each other, Zach mentions that Mark and him broke up, leaving a possible window of hope that Zach and Will might get back together again.  

Scarlett (Clare Bowen), who sees that Will is feeling sorry for himself, gives him a notebook and a pen and tells him to try to write a song about his feelings, even though Will protests that he is a showman, not a songwriter. But of course, in true Nashville fashion, Will comes up with an emotional song by the end of the episode, sung and played to perfection by Carmack.

As for Avery, is there anything cuter than Avery with his young daughter Cadence, while MIA mother Juliette (Hayden Panetierre) has once again put him in a position where he’s raising this child all by himself?  Meanwhile Alannah, who has slept with Gunnar, is very attracted to Avery. 

One night, after it appears that she hit the sack with Gunnar, she goes over to Avery’s to hang out for some drinking … dancing … and talking.  It is apparent that Avery enjoys her company, and she is clearly into him. Nothing happens between them.  They both fall asleep separately in the living room, and the next morning Avery thanks her for her support. 

However, a tabloid photo surfaces on Gunnar’s phone that says there’s a woman sneaking out of Avery’s house. When he sees that it is none other than Alannah, Gunnar is livid! He heads over to a rehearsal begging for a fight. They don’t have a fight, but instead, Gunnar gets hit in the nose by the band member’s guitar. The way it looks to us, maybe, just maybe, Gunnar and Will, who have been good friends, even though Gunnar hasn’t slept with a guy that maybe, just maybe, they could end up together?  After all, Gunnar and Will did kiss that one time.  Is this just wishful thinking, or could Nashville go down this road before its series finale?

As for Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), who has been the epicenter of the show, since Connie Britton has departed, he has gotten himself caught in the middle and involved with Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday) and her ex, Brad (Jeff Nordling). Brad is suing Jessie for full custody of their son. Deacon’s past of alcohol abuse and and fights don’t look good for them, and it’s tearing this possible new love affair apart.  Later, Jessie and Deacon profess they don’t want to lose each other.

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However, the most poignant moment of the show happened when Maddie (Lennon Stella), who knocked back some booze during Jonah’s birthday week, showed up back at Deacon and Rayna’s home.  She’s defiant, and she wants to move out.  Deacon notices that she’s drinking water, looking dehydrated like she’s hungover from alcohol. 

He confronts her and says, “What the heck were you thinking?” She screams that she’s an adult, and she’s 18.  He says, “Not in this house you’re not!” She fires back, “Maybe I should move out!” As they’re both crying, and they begin to calm down. Deacon is fearful that he could pass the addiction gene of alcohol onto his daughter.  He reflects on how he lost so many years with Rayna, and so many years with his daughter, and that he doesn’t want Maddie to make the same mistakes as he did.

At the end of the episode, seeing how her sister, Daphne (Maisy Stella) is broken up over the fact that she doesn’t want Maddie to move out, she ends up in bed hanging out with her dad and her sister, and they hug it out now she’s going to stay, and not leave the nest.

So, what did you think about midseason premiere of Nashville?  Did it have a lot of heart? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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NASHVILLE: What’s Next? The Final 8 Episodes Set To Begin!

After ‘Nashies’ hung on to their favorite primetime soap opera through its cancellation by ABC, its series star departing the series, and the news that CMT has made it official that this sixth and final season would be its last, viewers will learn how it will all end for some of their favorite characters as the final eight episodes begin to air starting tomorrow on Thursday June 7th at 8PMEST.  The series finale airs this summer on Friday, July 26.

Creator Callie Khouri speaks on the latest developments, and what’s next for the characters she created in a new video teaser launched this week from the cable network.

For General Hospital fans, they have watched multi-Daytime Emmy winner Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky) as Avery Barclay.  Avery has been the main love interest for Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere.  As the season heads towards its finale, Avery seems to have taken a liking to Alannah, while Juliette is immersed and trying to get the goods on the cult she finds herself in.  Will she make it back to Avery before he falls head over heels for someone else?

Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) suffered a medical disaster after overdoing his steroid use.  What will be the consequences of his actions?  Deacon’s father comes into the equation and old wounds will surface and we will learn more about why Deacon (Charles Esten) is the way he is.

In an interview with TV Insider, Charles Esten side-stepped the question if Rayna James (Britton) would be seen somehow in flashbacks, as a ghost, or something else?  All he would coyly say is: . “Of course, fans want to know.  I wanted to know too before the scripts came out, and now I do, and you soon will. How good was that?”

Watch the latest teaser for the final episodes of Nashville below!  Then let us know: what you think will happen to Deacon, Juliette, and Avery?  And, now that Nashville has concluded, do you hope Jonathan Jackson comes back to GH to reprise his role as Lucky Spencer? Comment below.

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NASHVILLE The Final Episodes Teaser!

Nashies! We are soon going to have to say goodbye to the Music City drama, but before we do the back-half of Nashville’s sixth and final season is on its way beginning on Thursday, June 7th, (9PMEST/8PMCST) and concluding with the series finale on July 26th only on CMT!

The just released new video teaser features: Chris Carmack, Hayden Panettiere, and Charles Esten, and more talking about what is to come, and why the show has been so enduring to its legions of fans from its ABC incarnation to its final home on the cable network.

In story what to look for: Deacon rips into his father, Gunnar catches Avery (Jonathan Jackson) and Alannah together, Scarlett ends up in a dangerous situation when her war vet friend, Sean is alone at his horse farm complete with a gun, while Juliette works to bring down Darius’ cult she got sucked into. Juliette yelps in the teaser: “You control people by fear and intimidation.” Will she succeed?

Watch the Nashville teaser after the jump! Then let us know if you think the back-half of its final season will provide a pay-off to fans who have stuck with the show for six season via the comment section below! (more…)

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