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ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee Says To Look For: Less Complicated REVENGE & Connie Britton To Drive Plot In NASHVILLE!



At this morning’s ABC Summer Press Tour, On-Air On-Soaps was in attendance as ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee addressed members of the media about the upcoming fall primetime season!

In regards to the two major primetime ABC soaps, Revenge and Nashville and what to expect, Lee had this to say …  for Revenge, he said the show had “stumbled a bit” in its second season, and that the new showrunner Sunil Nayar (who replaces Mike Kelley) will “bring to us a slightly less complicated” story structure in the upcoming season three.  In addition Lee added, “The first episode back is a fantastic episode starting with a magnificent hook.”

For Nashville, Lee revealed he loved the season finale car crash that put the lives of Rayna and Deacon in question calling the twist a “sweet cliffhanger.”   He also related that in the upcoming second season, they are really looking to Connie Britton as Rayna to “really drive plot.”    Plus, to look for the rivalry between Connie and Hayden Panettiere’s character of Juliette to come to a head.   The executive was also enthusiastic when he stated,  “We’ve only seen a couple of outlines and a script, but we’re really happy with it.”

So what do you think about the plans for Revenge and Nashville?  Think these changes will help the shows? What would you like to see happen in the upcoming season for these soapy dramas? Share your thoughts!

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These two soaps don’t need any help they are awesome the way they are. Everytime ABC thinks they have a great idea they screw up the shows. Leave them alone. I wish they came on at 9:00pm instead of 10 here in the Eastern time zone so that I could watch them without DVR ing them. I love these shows too bad we have to wait a whole year to see them again.

I never saw Revenge as being complicated. Not at all.
Anyone who found Revenge as complicated perhaps have problems lol .
Looking forward to season 3 !!! it always has been in my top 5 ..

Nashville would be much better if only one song per show..
The songs are terrible and they all sound the same.
The singing could be much better too.
Less the soundtrack it would be a great series..

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

I do think Revenge got terrible. It strayed from the first season which was awesome. See in that case I say if it ain’t broken don’t fix. The whole intrigue crap is not what Revenge started out as. I hope it goes back to the basic family interactions and original people. The second season was pure crap.

As for Nashville, I do think Connie driving instead of Hayden is not bad idea. I like both and Hayden is awesome but tiring. I think even for her to keep it up she has to be supporting instead of lead. I guess I am liking the changes proposed.

Revenge was great last year ; no reason to dumb it down!! Leave it alone.

I think the key problem is that REVENGE lost viewers last year and ABC’s focus groups said that people lost interest when they missed an episode or two and couldn’t keep up. I don’t watch the show, so I can’t speak to it, but I think he’s promising that ABC is going to respond to the criticisms that caused them to lose many of the non-dedicated fans last year.

Revenge is on HuLu and
there are many ways to watch.. and people are watching, no doubt of that..
People listen to other peoples opinions, and that includes critics, who are but one person with their personal opinion.
there is no reason that anyone has to miss 2 shows when they can catch up any time on Netflix or free HuLu .. some people just do not know how to work the internet and are not informed that all TV shows are also available online at any time, and they will be left behind/miss out .. lol 🙂

I don’t like that ABC is going to strive to make Revenge “less complicated.” Do I think that season 2 was better than season 1? No, but that can be said of most shows. The first part of season 2, the first ten episodes or so, were a bit mundane, but after the death of Amanda, it was FANTASTIC once again. The two hour finale was mindblowing. I just hope that they don’t dumb down Revenge too much because it is a wonderful, smart show with a lot of mystery and terrific plots and characters.

It totally lost it’s mojo, whenever I have to fast forward through a scene there’s a definite problem. Hopefully Nayar will keep me intrigued.

I think Revenge’s season 2 was too convoluted. It was hard to keep all the plots straight. So making it less complicated is a good thing.

Nashville doesn’t need much improvement, it kept getting better as the season went along. But I agree with su0000 above that fewer songs would be better.

Anyway, these two shows + Scandal are “must see TV” for me!

How abt less complicated and more racially diverse revenge? They definitely should have cast a racial minority actor to portray victoria’s long lost son. It would have tied a racial minority char to revenge’s canvas organically and it would have given much needed racial diversity to revenge considering that ashley madekwe isn’t even getting an exit storyline. But nope. How abt an Asian american char for revenge especially after how they killed off takeda by making a white char kill him off w/ a samurai weapon? While nashville of course is not very racially diverse considering how country music has never had prominent country artists who are people of color. Rap music is very problematic but it has become welcoming to white artists consdiering how eminem is its highest selling rapper and he’s white. Night dramas revenge and nashville have a lot to learn from scandal considering how scandal is only 1 of 2 dramas on its 2nd season where its ratings have become higher. Its bec of scandal’s storylines and kerry washington and bec of the racial diversity and its broad range of younger and older chars. Actresses who portray verna thornton is very entertaining w/ her gravely voice and regal presence even when bald. While actress who portrayed vp turned president definitely should have gotten emmy nominations and not dan bucatinsky. Of course hollywood cast a psychotic looking woman to portray vp considering how her char’s anti gay marriage and anti abortion. She should have gotten a nomination when her char was forcing verna to give her seat and retire. It’s too bad people didn’t nominate actress who portrayed vp probably bec of her char’s political beliefs. Night dramas revenge and nashville have a lot to learn from scandal’s older chars and scandal’s racial diversity w/c is above the norm for racial representation on typical hollywood tv shows. Scandal’s season 2 is 1 of braodcast tv season’s great successes while practically all white revenge season 2 is a disaster.


Hayden Panettiere Reveals Filming ‘Nashville’ was ‘Traumatizing’; Writers Used Her Personal Struggles with Addiction, Postpartum as Storylines

Nashville and former Guiding Light star, Hayden Panettiere (ex-Lizzie, GL) opened up about her final seasons on the ABC country music primetime drama, where the show touched too close to home for the actress who played lead character, Juliette Barnes.

In an interview with The Messenger, Hayden shared that during the run of the show from 2012-2018, she feels that the writers, more often that not, pulled from her real life while crafting Juliette’s storylines.

Hayden said on the years she spent filming the series that it was “also very traumatizing because I felt like I was acting out my own life.”

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Previously, the actress had shared that her dependency on alcohol and opioids as a teenager led to her dependency in her adult life. In addition, Nashville told the story of Juliette’s postpartum depression, which also mirrored Panettiere’s experience who went through the same thing when her own daughter was born.

Explaining what went down behind the scenes, Hayden recalled: “Straight from the beginning, it was like, I’m dating a football player, (and then) Juliette dates a football player. And then they turned her into an alcoholic. Then they turned to her leaving her daughter and going to this crazy (place) in Europe, and it was very obvious.”

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The actress added, ‘They weren’t doing their homework. They weren’t creating new storylines. They were just looking at my life and going, ‘Oh, let’s just take what she’s going through and put our little spin on it.’ And then, ta-da! It’s done and done.”

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Hayden added that she didn’t have time to care of herself and the pain she was going through physically and emotionally, so she tried to watch mindless TV and shows to help her calm down. Panettiere also felt that when she knew she had to go back to the set of Nashville, she did, “anything to keep my mind off of that because I knew that next day I was going to be back at it again. I was like, tear central. I don’t even think on a soap opera that I cried as much (as I did) on Nashville.”

Hayden is set to make three upcoming appearances of her A Conversation With Hayden Panettiere live series in New York on February 23 and Washington D.C. on February 24.

So, do you think the Nashville writers literally stole creative ideas for the character of Juliette Barnes based on Hayden’s personal struggles? It certainly on paper seems so. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Jonathan Jackson Reunites with Stars from ‘Nashville’ for New Tour Across the UK

He won five Daytime Emmys as General Hospital’s Lucky Spencer and now actor and musician, Jonathan Jackson is scheduled to head to the United Kingdom this fall, when he reunites with some of the cast of the former ABC primetime music city drama, Nashville.

Jackson shared on his Instagram, “This has been in the works for a while, and I’m thrilled to announce that the NASHVILLE cast and I are reuniting for a special UK tour this October. I’m excited about this!”


On Nashville, Jonathan Jackson starred for six season as Avery Barkley before the series concluded in the summer of 2018, after it moved from ABC to CMT for its final two seasons.

Joining Jonathan on the Nashville reunion tour are his former co-stars Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, and Sam Palladio. The fab four will play shows in Glasgow, Birmingham,  London, and Cardiff, as they tour the UK.

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If you are in the UK and wanted to get your tickets early, the presale is already underway.  The general sale tickets will become available tomorrow on Thursday, March 9, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Go to Gigs and to purchase.

With GH’s 60th anniversary just a few weeks away, do you wish somehow Jonathan Jackson was brought back just for even a little while to reprise his role as Lucky? Would you like to see the ‘Nashville’ tour here in the states? Comment below.


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GL and ‘Nashville’ Alum Hayden Panettiere Loses Her Younger Brother Jansen at 28-Years-Old

Just devastating news to report on Monday evening.  Hayden Panettiere’s (ex-Lizzie, Guiding Light, ex-Juliette, Nashville) younger brother Jansen Panettiere has died at only 28-years-old.

According to TMZ,  Jansen died over the weekend in New York.  His cause of death is not available, but there was no foul play suspected in Jansen’s death.  Police responded to a call and came to a residence at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday where they found Jansen.

As with his sister, Jansen was deep into his acting career and was only five years younger than Hayden.

Throughout his career he appeared in Even Stevens, The X’sTiger CruiseRacing StripesThe Martial Arts Kid, The Walking Dead, Major Crimes, and the holiday film Love and Love Not.

Less than 3 weeks ago, Jansen shared an adorable picture on his Instagram with his hair being cut by his big sister, Hayden.

Jansen is survived by Hayden and their parents, Lesley Vogel and Skip Panettiere.

Send your love and condolences to Hayden and her family on the sudden passing of Jansen via the comment section below.

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