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ABC greenlights two new primetime soap opera pilots … Americana and Nashville!

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While ABC Daytime is all but destroyed from its former self, with the influx of The Chew, and The Revolution, and the status of General Hospital now consistently on the chopping block, the primetime division of ABC apparently sees a resurgence in bringing back soapy drama to the nighttime! Quite the paradox!

According to Deadline.com, ABC has greenlighted two new series pilots that will be at its core … a soap opera.  First, Americana,  a soap set around a legendary fashion designer and his family and business.  Can you say, The Bold and the Beautiful, people with a twist? It was written by Michael Seitzman (North Country) who will executive produce with Mark Gordon and Mark Gordon Co.’s Nicholas Pepper.

The second is called Nashville from Oscar-winning writer Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) and TV producer/documentary filmmaker RJ Cutler which is said to be a  family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows one star at her peak and one on the rise.  The two will executive produce with Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment, which is being represented by SVP of Media and Entertainment Steve Buchanan. This marks Khouri’s return to ABC where she wrote, directed and executive produced the 2006 pilot Hollis & Rae.

The ABC network is expected to greenlight more drama pilots on Monday.  So what do you think about ABC primetime trying to bring more soaps to its lineup, while ABC Daytime keeps aborting them?  Do you like the themes in Americana and Nashville?  Who would you cast in the lead roles?  Let us know!

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Mary
Mary

if these dopes were going to put SOAPS on Prime time, why wouldn’t they just MOVE the ones already on???? AMC and OLTL would have had a viewer base and I bet everyone wouldn’t HATE ABC/DISNEY!!!!

Barb
Barb

I agree Mary! Makes no sense!! GIVE US BACK OLTL! Can ABCD do anything right!

jan mcgrann
jan mcgrann

Bring back OLTL we love these characters and their history.Why ruin our great daytime shows for new primetime.It makes no sense and I won’t watch it without The Lords,CRAMMERS, and most of all Todd Manning and his family?I wait 8 years for Roger Howarth’s return and you cancel it 6 months later.I will no longer watch ABCif u cancel GH.and we aren’t stupid.You trick us into watching a show and cancel it.All ABC execs should be fired.We want Todd and Blair!!!

Fran
Fran

I would love to have our soaps back and call it the Mannings, Lords, or the Buchanans. I have not watched anything on ABC/D except GH. The Chew, Revolution, and your other shows suck

angela
angela

I agree with you so much. These people are NUTS

Jennifer
Jennifer

^I agree with Mary!^ These new soaps do not sound interesting at all…sorry…will not watch! Bring back ONE LIFE TO LIVE!

Tanya Smith
Tanya Smith

for real what kind of idiots are running ABC/D move the canceled daytime soaps to night and maybe you can get your viewers back!!!

krogers
krogers

There is absolutely no sense putting primetime soaps on while they are destroying daytime soaps. ABC. If the soap opera genre is dead why would they be doing this? I will not be watching these show or any other show on ABC except for GH

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

I agree! They said nobody watched soaps anymore! They are putting this crap on to compete with Dallas! Bring our daytime soaps back! Nobody’s watching the garbage you have on now! Admit you’re all morons at ABC!

Michelle
Michelle

Totally agree. Haven’t watched ABC since April 2010, and am boycotting all things Disney.

Michelle
Michelle

No, April 2011 ! 🙂

gloria
gloria

It just gets stupider & stupider (I hope that’s a word) Idiots. Bring back our daytime dramas!

jadid
jadid

Exactly!

Skyzalex
Skyzalex

Now I am more mad at ABC/Disney! First they cancel our soaps, because they said we didn’t want them, or its too much money, now they add two new ones to the line up????? Just give the rights to OLTL and AMC to Agnes and stop insulting your loyal viewers. That is very insulting and just a bad move!!! I will only watch GH and when that is gone, so am I. I will not support any sponsor or affiliates!!!!!

DIANE
DIANE

I think we have been lied to again, didn’t I hear the reason they pulled both shows AMC and OLTL is the shows were to costly to make, plus they weren’t entertaining enough and on and on? then what is all this? we need Todd and Star back home with Blair, and ,I watched GH with Todd he’s out of character, he needs to go back to lanview, along the way pick up the cast of AMC, and dump those other two soaps and and all the replacements shows and make the fans happy, what is so hard about that??

Carol Winogrocki
Carol Winogrocki

I thought I was told that the soaps were too costly to produce and that is why our soaps were cancelled, and the soap genre was dead? What is this all about now? ABC is going back on what they said. In the end it will just mean more people and actors out of work again. Think straight for a change. Leave well enough alone and return our soaps please.

Brittaney Peacock
Brittaney Peacock

I think if ABC wants to bring on more SOAPS why not just bring back OLTL and AMC and make them primetime SOAPS as well? ABC is so damn stupid and are just putting stupid shows on air that no one wants to watch and it is a waste of time, money and everything. I won’t watch them at all. The plot of the pilot soaps sucks, I don’t find it anything interesting at all. ABC just needs to make up their damn minds on if they want to continue with SOAPS or not period. They pull money out of their butts and invest it into crappy shows like the Chew and the Revolution, I mean who the heck watchs that crap, I know I don’t and none of my family does. Bring Back OLTL and AMC not the new pilot crap..

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree… Why coudn’t the put OLTL on primetime on ABC… Something is FISHY goin on there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Abc is trying to redeem themselves for cancellinfg OLTL & AMC… Sorry ABC no cigar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is not going to work!!!! OLTL soap fans can see right threw you ABC!!!!!!!!!!!! You think these 2 new primtime soaps are going to get the attention of OLTL soap fans…. Pretty lame!!!!!!!!!! Only way we would even consider watching any kind of soap on primetime or daytime is if only OLTL was back on the T. V.. You are sinky ABC… you can’t fool loyal soap fans of OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why don’t they simply give OLTL fans what we want??? They would have to admit they were WRONG about cancelling OLTL!!!! ABC makes POOR & bad deceisions!!!!!!!!! Mostly BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are a bunch of STINKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give the viewers what they want OLTL!!! OLTL FAN FOREVER.. Got my OLTL cast picture yesterday it’s such a BEAUTIFUL PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!! Every fan of OLTL should purchase one..That’s all for now..

Elleko
Elleko

PLEASE!!! …. Admit your mistakes and put OLTL and AMC back on the air! I would be most of these actors would be willing to come back! Just admit you were wrong and correct the situation~~

LLafaux
LLafaux

If ABC Daytime fails, so does ABC Primetime! ABC Daytime, particularly soaps, promoted the Primetime shows.

todd
todd

I won’t watch anything on ABC ever again. I don’t care who they put in the lead. You could cast Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie, and George Clooney and I wouldn’t tune in. Move it to NBC or cable and maybe.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I will only watch ABC if they bring back AMC or OLTL. Other than that I am done with ABC.

jan mcgrann
jan mcgrann

Do you not realize how many fans you have?Especially TODD?ABC you are so out of touch with your viewers.I waited years to retire and was so happy I would be watching.OLTL.Silly me:(

Diane Visage
Diane Visage

Uh,, duh,, what the hell,,, they take off the good shows, and try to bring in new ones,,, really , do you think we are that stupid,, oh yeah the dog thing almost forgot,,,,, Hell no, dont like the idea,,, i think they are doin it just to shut us,,, the soap fans up,,, not happenin,,,, those storylines do not interest me in the least little bit,,, really,,, wow,,,, we need our soaps back on DAYTIME.. and frankly right now,,, i dont think i want ABC to bring them back,,,, I think nbc or cbs would do a much better job with the treasures that abc is hording,,,,,

jennifer taylor
jennifer taylor

SO AGREE

Sue
Sue

Agree!

Susan M.
Susan M.

Bravo, well said!!!!!!!!!!

Mary H
Mary H

I agree with Diane. ABC needs to release the rights to the shows so Anges Nixon can carry on and move on to big and better things with a different network

Deborah
Deborah

I agree!! I hope ABC reads these postings!!!

Brian
Brian

Just bring back “One Life To Live” Although it’s most likely too late for that, too many cast members have moved on.

Monica
Monica

ITA. As much as I’d love for One Life To Live to come back in some form, most of my favorite actors from the show have moved on and THIS makes it hard for me to keep fighting for it to come back.

Roseann
Roseann

I would rather have one life to live and all my children as a primetime , I will Not watch Americana, and Nashville!! Just put our sopas back on tv why replace them

Susan M.
Susan M.

I totally agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss oltl soooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Terri Nix-jeffries
Terri Nix-jeffries

These will boycotted as well. You do not take shows away from faithful, loyal viewers as has been done to many. Either bring our shows back or release the rights to production back to Agnes Nixon or someone who will put them back on the air. The consumer/ABC/Disney relationship has been ruined. I would think ABC/Disney would try to repair this relationship instead of being put through a fam media based storm and risk bankruptcy.

Allison
Allison

Damn straight.

jennifer taylor
jennifer taylor

AMEN TO THAT……..

Susan M.
Susan M.

CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cindy
Cindy

You have GOT to be shitting me!!!!! OMG

Johanna
Johanna

Why not greenlight it during the day? Since most of us are not watching ABC/D aren’t they doomed to fail? I will not invest my time into any programs on this network until they make things right! SWAN (Stand With Agnes Nixon) forever, Bring Back OLTL!

Allison
Allison

Amen!

Judy
Judy

Totally agree!!!! I want my OLTL back!! Nothing else will do!

Susan M.
Susan M.

Affimative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jerri Clorley
Jerri Clorley

Two more shows to put on my “not watch” list. I would have gladly watched AMC and OLTL at night. Too little, too late, ABC!

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brenda
Brenda

Absolutely agree!!

JayinNJ
JayinNJ

I totally agree with Mary, while the ratings for the Revolution continue to hit an all time low week after week ABC still continues to air this make over show, they have not announced on pulling the plug and I don’t think they ever will. While bringing these 2 prime time soaps on, ABC is looking to beat ratings with Dallas coming back that’s all good but what about those of us that want OLTL and AMC back, it seems as though ABC has forgotten all about daytime and is worried about primetime, ABC can and never be what it was when Dallas and Dynasty were both aired, they’re continuing to lose viewers that don’t want to watch anything on their station and I’m one of them as far as I’m concerned ABC is dead to me.

Johanna
Johanna

ANEN and might add HONK!!!

jonny rotten
jonny rotten

dallas was on cbs

jackie
jackie

GAG ME NOW UMM HELLO???? THATS DOWNRIGHT SCRIPTED TV YOU INDIGNANT MONEY HUNGRY LOSERS!!!!! RIGHT BACK WHERE YA WERE B4 YOU KILLED AMC, OLTL N GH!!!IMBECILES! CATASTROPHIC FOOLS!! FATBOY BATTALI REVOLTING REVOLUTION KATIE CRAPOURIC INSTEAD OF MASS FOLLOWERS(N NIELSEN RATERS, NO DOUBT) OF AMERICANA IN THE FORM OF SOAP OPERAS…YA GOT CRUSTY BACHELOR/ETTE PRIMETIME N ALL THAT HO HUM GARBAGE! NO WONDER ABC MEANS ALREADT BEEN CONDEMNED YOU IN A WORD SUCK!

gloria
gloria

YOU GO, GIRL!!!!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I lived in Nashville for 30 years moving to Vegas last August. There was a lot of buzz about Nasville the show as Gaylord is big on it. It would probably be interesting as Nashville and country music are a draw but I dont think ABC will get any hits for a long time as soap opera fans arent happy and will not support ABC in anything. They will start to see e the results od reaping what they sow. Soap lovers can keep the ban going and ABC’s overall rating will continue to tank.

Betty Coleman
Betty Coleman

I live just outside of Nashville, and even I, will not watch the show NASHVILLE. I will not support ABC in anything they do if they cannot have consideration for what the fans have repeatly told them they want.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree with Betty!!!!!!!!!

Mary H
Mary H

I have to say ABC sickens me right now. How can you cancel to shows that have been on for over 40 yrs to be crap on saying that you not in to soaps and now have the nerve to put to sops on at night. ABC haven’t you thought about the daytime fans? I guess not! Shame on you ABC! Bring back the daytime soasps and maybe your night time soaps won’t go down the drain like The Chew and The Revolution. Because then you might get your loyal daytime viewers back

Cheryl
Cheryl

Yes, OLTL and AMC were there for the taking. I do not and will not watch anything new on ABC.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Goes for me TOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Allison
Allison

Won’t watch. There’s enuf pt drama series on ABC already. Rather keep GH forever daytime , and let Revenge, Greys, private prac, OUAT, Castle and Body Proof stay pt. Kill the Revulsion and the Spew and bring back daytime dramas!!

Claudia Kurzyna
Claudia Kurzyna

ABC has destroyed its daytime soap lineup, leaving on only General Hospital! We do not need any nighttime soaps!

barbara t
barbara t

thats what I have been doing all morning and afternoon telling every one to go there and leave a comment ,can you believe this I put this on a facebook sight I go to told everyone go to the sight and complain there are a few people saying the soap opera days are over ,so I had to say something ,this is bad ,what is so wrong with putting one life to live on instead of the other shows they just bought ,abc has alot of soaps on at night ,why did they choose to insult the daytime soap fans ,you would think they would want us to watch there dumb shows ,well im not ,they killed the soaps ,soapnet is gone in march ,what the hell are we going to do?talk about kicking the fans in the ass .I cant believe that abc just pissed me off even more then I was before I got up this morning.

nancy
nancy

Seriously???? I’m so thrilled that ABC has found the world of soaps at night. Now when will the night people talk to the day people and tell them how stupid they are????

linde Bally
linde Bally

I will never watch another ABC show again you screwed up ABC now you pay.I am supporting GH only that goes and you will never be turned on in my house again ever.

virginia robbins
virginia robbins

I think you should put one life to live backf on daytime or nobody is going to give abc a second look at anything new or old. why should anyone watch abc when you take away shows after we all get watch them for years and now they are just gone I think it is sorry and I plus many other will not watch anything on abc new or old

TS1
TS1

Monday is already taken.. Castle. Anything else I won’t be watching. ABC is never going to be number 1 to true Soapfans until they change their minds admit their mistakes an bring back our Daytime soaps AMC and OLTL.

MaryAnne Robertson
MaryAnne Robertson

GH Primetime !!! Hmm !!!! Aren’t they thinking about that ? They messed up on daytime now they want to fix night time , Go Figure !! You know Sonny on GH has bipolar I think ABC has it TOO !!!

ethel
ethel

if gh does go prime time it will only be one night a week……………i think it is almost too late for amc & oltl to go prime time because most actors have moved on

Susan M.
Susan M.

Maybe OLTL actors would consider coming back!!! If OLTL fans showed them a lot of support & love!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope Agnes Nixon gets the rites for OLTL, then she could do what she wants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

If you are bringing Bullshit soaps back like that —
Just bring back what people will watch OLTL and AMC and leave GH alone!!!

Also — leave Desperate Housewives alone as well!!!

People love that show and watch it all the time!!!

ABC — you are assholes!

Colleen Kaleta
Colleen Kaleta

OH My Gosh is ABC messed up., they say one thing and do another ..Bring Back our stories not new ones..You killed Daytime and we want it back.. The actors who worked there butts off daily deserve more than this.. ABC get your heads on straight you’ve been a disaster with your thinking since early April when you did the deed..Come on save some face already!

Tess
Tess

I think Chrishell would be great for the Nashville one. Don’t know if she sings though!
I’d like to see someone like Greg Vaughn for the fashion show along with Susan Lucci.

Linda
Linda

@MaryAnne Robertson – you are so right! I will not invest one moment in anything abc puts on either daytime or nightime. I had my heart broken when OLTL was allowed to die. I had been a faithful viewer of abc before that. Now I will not even watch their local news; channel 7 abc in New York! Hello fox and cbs!

Diane
Diane

They messed up their daytime lineup so now they think people want to watch soaps at night,I am boycotting the whole network cause even if you like a primetime show they cancel

jennifer taylor
jennifer taylor

“SHAME ON YOU ABC/​DISNEY YOU ARE SOOOOO DELETED FROM MY LIFE AND MY FAMILY’S..BIG MISTAKE..WHY DON’T YOU TRY ASKING WHAT YOUr FANS WANT???OOPS TO LATE…BRING BACK OUR SOAPS AND MAYBE WE WILL BRING BACK YOUR RATINGS..ARE YOU KIDDING STOP INSULTING US..DO YOU THINK WE ARE PUPPETS THAT YOU CAN PULL A STRING AND WE GO THE WAY YOU WANT???GUESS WHAT WE ARE NOT AND WE KNOW WHAT WE WANT OUR SOAPS BACK..GOT IT GOODWE ARE SO TIRED OF ALL THE SHOWS YOU THROW ON AND THEN THEY ARE GONE WE WANT OUR SOAPS THAT WE DEDICATED TO AND LOVE AND CHERISH???…U R BLOCKED……………………….​…………………….”

Tanya Smith
Tanya Smith

You have got to be kidding me!!! Really? They are creating NEW soaps after cutting two known and loved soaps!!!! Why not turn OLTL into a primetime soap!!! It would be watched for sure! This makes me even angrier at ABC! Boycotting ABC sounds better and better!

AnnaR
AnnaR

Unbelievable. We don’t want new soaps we want OLTL and AMC. I only watch GH on abc since they cancelled OLTL and AMC.

Andrea D
Andrea D

I am now supporting the soap opera genre by watching y and r and dool. I am not interested in this mess. I will watch gh only when my characters from oltl are on it. I am done with abc.

Betty Coleman
Betty Coleman

I read in a statement made by “Blair” that she, Star, John and Todd are only going to GUEST STAR on GH for four shows, that ABC is trying to make the fans think they are there to stay and she just wanted the truth to be known.

Andrea D
Andrea D

I read something about that too. I will watch it for the episodes that they are on and nothing else.

ethel
ethel

kristen alderson (star) twitted that she signed a 3 year contract for gh

jamie
jamie

abc needs to get thier heads on straight goodness why wouldn’t you move the soaps you have to primetime intead of producing new ones

Torrey
Torrey

How about this ABC…..why don’t you cancel Anne Sweeney’s contract and bring back our daytime soaps? that’s the only thing that makes sense now. Since both of your replacement shows aren’t doing any better than AMC or OLTL, in the ratings, it’s time to admit that you were wrong and rectify the situation. Things will only get worse for you, if you don’t.

jamie
jamie

abc needs to get thier heads on straight goodness why wouldn’t you move the soaps you have to primetime intead of producing new ones goodness

Susan Manning
Susan Manning

This is as stupid as what they have done. Bring back AMC and OLTL then we the viewers will help ABCD get the night time right. I dont want any Americaina or Nashville i wannt AMC and OLTL back. Stop messing up ABCD. The most constant thing has been the soaps. I start watching a show on ABCD and then it’s gone. Wake the heck up.

Lauren
Lauren

I can’t believe ABC lately!!! They kill 2 of their best daytime soaps, AMC and OLTL, claiming that dattime viewers want reality rather than the fictional world of daytime soaps. Nowthey ar planning to air nighttime soaps????? Sorry, but I don’t see the logic here. Is this ABC’s way of appeasing angry aoap fan?? I like the plot ideas, though, especially for “Nashville”

Jenna
Jenna

They could put Ryan Gosling in one or both and I still would not watch.

So sick of ABC. I watch GH now to support them for however they last and that is IT! ABC does not exist except for that 58 minutes or whatever that GH runs.

I think they are just trying to copy TNT with their revival of longtime PRIME time soap, DALLAS. I don’t think either night time soap will work. Those days, rather nights, are gone, but DAYTIME is still alive and well. They didn’t need to take away our daytime genre for stupid talk shows and reality shows. There is enough of that on at night and just about any basic cable channel.

el rizzo
el rizzo

I WILL NEVER watch anything on abc ever again until my soaps AMC n OLTL are returned to their day time spots…i will not invest anytime into anything new from ABC after they broke my heart by removing shows i have watched for 30+ years!!! go to hell abc!!!

gloria
gloria

Bring back AMC, OLTL & keep GH, damn it.

Betty Coleman
Betty Coleman

I have had it with ABC. If they do not bring back AMC and OLTL, I will NEVER watch anything on their channel, especially another newly created soap opra. It’s like they have no regards to what the fans want and refuse to listen to us. If we were to tell them we liked peas – they would say here, eat corn instead. I don’t want a substitute and will not accept one. I have already switched over to another station and will stay there unless our soaps are brought back.

Splum
Splum

ABC can bite me. They killed OLTL and they have the audacity to greenlight TWO NIGHTTIME SOAPS?????? Total insult

Tammy Grzenia
Tammy Grzenia

I dont care what they put on i will never watch ,I have been Boycotting ABC since April . i will continue to do so. i will also boycott these shows I .have been watching NBC & CBS SOAPS .SINCE MAY .AND THEY ARE GOOD .ABC HOW COULD YOU DO THIS WHAT A SLAP IN OUR FACE. YOU SUCK.

mosshane58
mosshane58

I could care less what abc does.They are cancelling nighttime shows to.Who wants to watch a channel you can;t deoend on if your show will be there next year,What it takes to produce on night time show they could produce daytime soaps for weeks.

Nancy Melman
Nancy Melman

Yes!!!

avellina
avellina

This makes my blood boil ! It seems abc simply decided to dump the 10 thousand longtime loyal fans for new and ( because they perceive the daytime soap fans to be old ladies) younger ones. All My Children, One Life To Live and GH are worth bringing back and keeping, daytime or primetime!

Karen
Karen

Here’s a thought….they can greenlight all they want! Thousands of soap fans have ABC on blacklight!! Meaning, we could care less what they want to put on the air ever againm and have them turned off! Bring back OLTL and maybe we will give think about it…till then there is no ABC in my house!

Lee Ann
Lee Ann

I refuse to watch anything on abc .Bring back “All My Children” and “One life to Live”.

david
david

Screw ABC! Soaps aren’t good enough for daytime but they are fine for primetime?! Talk about adding insult to injury. Since ABC dumped the exceptional and dearly loved OLTL after more than 43 years when it was at its best, we should take a chance and emotionally invest our time in these primetime soaps?! NO, I don’t think so.

The only success in primetime for ABC this season was Revenge. You think that would have taught them something, that canceling OLTL for The Revolution was a mistake–but NO!–daytime and primetime have dissociative identity disorder. So they think these new primetime soaps can capitalize on the success of Revenge? NO, I don’t think so.

Revenge cannot hold a candle to OLTL for family drama, romance, humor, cuteness, fun, musicals, parodies, catfighting friendships, rip-off-your-clothes sex, and overall entertainment. It’s not too late for OLTL. Most of the actors do not have other work and for those that do, they could return as their contracts expire. They can create two new soaps but cannot save OLTL?! NO, I don’t think so.

These executives are spitting in our faces. Now they realize soaps are in their financial interest, after telling us soaps are dead?! This infuriates and disgusts me beyond belief. I will not reward this [insert obscenity] network for killing OLTL and treating its cast, crew, and viewers the way it has. FIX the problem, ABC, and get OLTL produced somewhere, otherwise, go [insert obscenity] yourself.

Gina
Gina

ABC you suck!!!! You take amc and oltl off because you said you want out of the soap business Lairs I’m so done with this crap . It just piss me when I read this I hope that nobody watch your damn anymore!! You could have of soaps but no we want to give you reaitly tv that nobody cares but your boss because he wants the money for hisself who need to make 31 million dollars year I hope with all the bad press he getting maybe someone up higher then him will do something about his stupid decisons!! Abc needs a new president !!!

Darford
Darford

Unless one is called “AMC” and the other “OLTL”…. Zzzz 🙁

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NASHVILLE’s Chris Carmack Joins New Season Of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

From country western singing sensation to the new orthopedic surgeon dubbed “Ortho God” at Grey Sloan Memorial, Chris Carmack is joining the cast of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

On Nashville ,which concluded its six season run, Carmack played Will Lexington, but on Grey’s Anatomy he will recur as a new orthopedic surgeon who will cross paths with some of the series main characters. More details of the character are being kept under-wraps including his name.

‘Grey’s’ 15th season kicks-off on September 27th at 8PMEST with a two-hour episode.

Upon the reveal of the casting news, Carmack took to his Twitter account to share his response to a tweet from Shondaland, who welcomed him to the show with: “Thank you! Can’t wait to scrub in!

Then, the official ABC Grey’a Anatomy twitter account welcomed him to the show, in which Carmack responded: “Honored to be a part of this! Thank you!”

EW.com and Hollywood Reporter first broke the casting news

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NASHVILLE Series Finale Goes Out On A High Note In An Emotional Farewell

After six seasons (four on ABC and two on CMT), Nashville ended its run with a sentimental, heart-tugging wrap-up in its final episode last night.  Like any great soap opera, it’s all about those wonderfully rich characters that the audience has come to fall in love with; whether they be the good guys, the bad, or somewhere in between.  What was touching about the finale is that many characters lives ended on a happy note, or came full-circle.

Through creator Callie Khouri’s vision for six seasons, we came to love and care about Deacon, Avery, Juliette, Will and so many others, and of course, Rayna James.  And on the final installment, Connie Britton did make one final appearance as the late Rayna with her longtime music city scene partner, Charles Esten, that so many Nashies were hoping for before the final curtain came down.

So here’s what happened and where it all ended up, as we now imagine what these characters lives will be like, unless as now rumored, Khouri puts together a Nashville 2.0 spinoff.

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Maddie (Lennon Stella) and Twig (Dylan Arnold) are in the recording studio.  He wants to be her everything.  She feels pressured.  In a conversation with Scarlett (Claire Bowen), she reveals she is just trying to get over her bust up with Jonah and doesn’t know if she can be in a relationship right now.  Later at this advice from Scarlett: “The only thing you need to do is honor what you’re feeling at the moment,” Maddie sits down with Twig and breaks the news over coffee!  “You need someone who can put you at the center of their universe,” says Maddie.  “What if I said I would take you as you are?” Twig replies.  To which Maddie lowers the boom, “I would say you deserve so much more.” Twig is devastated.  Maddie is emancipated.

Then we come to Maddie’s sister, Daphne (Maisy Stella).  It’s the finals of Nashville’s Next Country Star.  Daphne has got her work cut out for her, because of sexy frontrunner Jenny Lee.  Brad (Jeff Nordling) has set Daphne up to lose by giving her a song that is far from her comfort song to perform.  She flips it on him when it is time for her to go live. Daphne does her rendition of the tune with her guitar, stripped-down and soulful.  The crowd goes wild.   However in the end, Jenny Lee is named the winner.  Backstage, Daphne cries in Deacon’s (Charles Esten) arms, but then … Ilse (Daphne’s coach on Nashville’s Next Country Star) is making goo-goo eyes at Deacon, and asks him if he would like to write with her when he comes home from his tour?  Scarlett, Daphne, and Maddie look on and notice the spark. Could this be Deacon’s true new love interest?

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Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Avery (Jonathan Jackson) play pool and in a nice touch which harkens back to six-years-ago on the series. Gunnar says, “You were a total tool,” recalling that Avery was a snotty, bad dude when he first came to town.  Will (Chris Carmack) and Gunnar want to get The Last Highways together, if they can just convince Avery to put the past behind him and move forward.  Apparently, all is well, and they put the band back up on its feet.

Now, we come to the #MeToo socially relevant topic of the day, part of the last episode, where we finally learn Alannah’s (Rainee Blake) plan to nail Brad as the womanizing, power abuser, egotistical bastard he is, and how he uses his company and his status in the biz to lure woman to do “favors” for him.  In her hotel room after her performance, Brad calls and says there is a par-tay going down in his room with lots of people and to join them.  She heads over to find him alone and lascivious.  When he tries to plant a wet lip-lock on her, she slaps him.  He fires back: “The man helps the woman and the woman helps the man,” and that Alannah violated their “implicit contract.”  And that means of course, she will never work again in this town.

A few days later, Brad gets the shock of his life when in walks to his office at Shiny New Records, Deacon, Alannah and Zach (Cameron Scoggins)! The trio announces their plans to purchase his company for $15 million dollars. He laughs them off, but our smart gal, Alannah recorded the whole incident in the hotel room and has his voice on tape, which she happily plays it back for him. Then, to add an exclamation point on the proceedings, getting off the elevator are countless women who have all been harassed by Brad including his on-again off-again wife, Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday), who adds, “And I want full custody of Jake (their son), too!”

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How do we wrap up the other greatest and tortured love story of Nashville, with two of our favorite actors, who got their starts on the soaps, and who made Javery a couple to root for through the good and the bad?  Of course, we are talking about Jonathan Jackson and Hayden Panettiere.  Now together in one piece, and grounded from her experiences with the cult, and with a new lease on life, Juliette has sold her house for a farm 30 minutes outside of Nashville.  Avery knows there is something he is not telling her.  Avery finds Juliette’s savior and bestie. Hallie (Rhiannon Giddens) at the recording studio and when prompted she tells him that Juliette is pregnant with his kid, again!  Next scene, Avery confronts Juliette.  She admits it’s true, and she was going to tell him but did not want to trap him, because she loves him and wants to be with him, but only if he wants her too and, “Not because you feel like you need to save me or that you’re worried about me. But because you’re worried about yourself without me.”   Duly-noted by Avery, but he exits.

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And then we get to the crescendo of the finale, as Juliette sings on her keyboard alongside her stilettos, the moving boxes, et al.  While the emotion of the song plays out, the show intercuts the action and brings us to a flash-forward in time.  This was done effectively on the series finale of One Life to Live and Guiding Light, among others soaps, that have to say their goodbyes.  In Nashville time it’s a “few months later” and we see how everyone’s life is shaping up:  Daphne has signed her first record contract!  Will is hand in hand with a boyfriend and it’s Zach.  Jessie has full custody of her son and they are eating popcorn and watching a scary movie together.  Maddie moved into her own place.  Alannah’s career is taking off opening for The Lumineers.  The Last Highways hold an album release party, with … of course, screaming fangurls!

Then it’s time to grab the hankies … we see Juliette with baby bump hanging out on her farm with Cadence on the swing set, and walking towards her is Avery with a large suitcase. He begins with, “Juliette, I need you.  And I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” He adds, “And if you would ….” she cuts him off.  “Yes,” she says. They embrace and kiss as Cadence yells, “Daddy!”  And there you have it … Javery is together at last!

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The show’s last season largely centered around Deacon.  And in the last installment, it is Rayna who comes to him when he must make the decision whether to embrace his father who is longing to make peace with his son, or hold on to old grudges.  As Deacon’s career has taken off again as he is now headlining his own tour, Gideon (Ronny Cox) has come to see his son perform and comes backstage to see him, which takes Deacon aback.   He goes to his dressing room where in a ghost/ flashback experience, he recalls Rayna on their wedding night. “Is this real?” he whispers,  Deacon is worried that after all the mistakes and regrets that kept them apart for so long, and caused them so much pain, that things can’t work themselves out.  But the wise Rayna says. “Sometimes somebody gets into your bloodstream. It doesn’t matter how much we’ve failed each other.  We must choose each other.  And I choose you exactly the way you are. And I’m going to love you forever… and ever and ever.”

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Deacon is in tears, but it’s time to hit the stage.  Now, feeling reassured that he should give his father a chance (thanks to Rayna from the great beyond), he realized that forgiving his father would not make him weak or less than, but would strengthen his family.  Deacon tells the audience he wants to bring someone special up on-stage with him, his dad, Gideon Claybourne.  From the audience, Gideon is shocked and honored.  Gideon straps on a guitar and Deacon begins to play and then whispers to his dad, “Do you know this song?” To which Gideon, replied, “Son, I know all your songs.” Hankies!

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And then came the final note after six years of songs, and so much drama.  As Deacon and Gideon begin to perform the song, “A Life That’s Good”, all the characters begin to walk out on stage and join them singing in unison, but we soon realize the show has broken the fourth wall, and now we are watching the true swan song with the cast past and present, the crew, the executive producers, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and at the center of it all, Callie Khouri who says, “I want to thank the city of Nashville.”  She adds “The beautiful people of Nashville. The incredible cast and crew — the family that we’ve made.  And may we all have a life that’s good.  And that’s a wrap.”  What a touching and honest way to say goodbye.

So, how would you grade the series finale of Nashville? What did you think of how things were left for your favorite characters? What was your favorite moment in the last episode? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. But first check out the heartfelt thanks from the cast of Nashville in the video below, followed by three of the heart-tugging scenes from the finale.

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TONIGHT: ‘Nashville’ Series Finale: How Will It End For Your Favorite Characters?

Get the hankies and that box of tissue ready! After six seasons, it’s time to say goodbye with one last look at the lives of the characters of Nashville, as it airs its final episode tonight on CMT. (9EST/8CST)

The Nashies have been an incredible fan base that helped rally the show from its cancellation on ABC to finding its last home on CMT for the final two seasons.  But tonight, the series come to its conclusion with the airing of its last installment entitled: “Beyond the Sunset”.

In story, Deacon (Charles Esten) can’t forgive Gideon (Ronny Cox) and gets an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream. Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) makes a decision about her future. Daphne (Maisy Stella) prepares for the final round of Nashville’s Next. Alannah (Rainee Blake) confronts Brad (Jeff Nordling), Avery (Jonathan Jackson), Gunnar (Sam Palladio), and Will (Chris Carmack) discuss the future.

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But how will it truly end for Deacon?  Will he find some happiness?  According to a recent chat with TVLine, EP Marshall Herskovitz revealed: “I remember talking about this with Chip (Esten) before the season started, and I remember Chip saying to me, ‘Whatever you do, just put me in the worst position possible.”

They tease: “Before the end of the hour, Deacon is caught up in reflecting on his life, which longtime viewers know hasn’t always been as good as his hit song suggests.”

Then, there is another major question: Will Avery and Juliette patch things up once and for all and make a go of their relationship?  Stay tuned!

Let us know how you things will be left for your favorite music city characters by the end of the episode via the comment section below.

 

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