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ABC Renews 15 Series, But Will NASHVILLE and CASTLE Live To See Another Season?

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It was a good day for many series on the ABC Television Network who received their primetime renewals for another season. First off #TGIT drama line-up of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder all will be retuurning.  For ‘Grey’s’ it will be its 13th season, and for Scandal its 6th, while HTGAWM will serve up its 3rd.

In addition, the network handed out pick-ups to Once Upon A Time, Quantico, The Goldbergs,  and Fresh Off The Boat.  These shows join already announced returns of: black-ish, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Shark Tank, The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars, and America’s Funniest Home Videos.

However, fans of several shows are waiting to see if there favorite series gets the axe, or will live to see another day!  Chief among them is the Music City soap opera, Nashville and Nathan Fillion’s Castle.  Both have yet to get confirmation along with Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken and The Muppets, and also American Crime, Galavant and Agent Carter.

So, which shows are you glad are returning fo another season?  Do you think Nashville and Castle will live to see another day? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Melissa
Melissa

Am a fan of both shows but have to admit they have become formulaic of late, especially Castle. It’s really the likeability of the actors on both shows that keep them going. The writing not so much.

Sheila
Sheila

Nashville is imo the best on ABC. I can’t believe it is in jeopardy.

Robert
Robert

Not looking good for castle, this might be the last season. Nashville is always on the bubble, they never get high ratings. ABC SHOULD cancel Nashville, and renew Castle.

Nicole
Nicole

I want Castle back no doubt. Love that show

su0000
su0000

I predict..
Both, NASHVILLE and CASTLE will not be renewed, this will their last season..

Dastle had a great run!

Nashville hard horrible music and catered to country music lovers..

west virgina fan
west virgina fan

It was about country music–if you didn’t like that kind of music you shouldn’t have watched it. and for those of us who like American, roots and country, T Bone Burnett and later Buddy Miller have done a great job. If there was a soap called La Scala would you complain that it catered to opera fans?

west virgina fan
west virgina fan

auto correct is biased as well: tried to type Americana

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

It’s a great show west virginia fan. I LOVE the music! But then again, there’s been such a cross over between a lot of music genres Keith Urban, Rascall Flatt, Jennifer Nettles, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry…on and on…even Steven Tyler and Darius Rucker have dug in their heels…so to speak. :/ But they’re not really old school…

I must admit I’m not a fan of old country…when it was stictly country music. But I’ve come to appreciate Willy Nelson and of course Johnny Cash (did you ever see Walk the Line with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon? Fantastic film!) But I digress…

I say this each season that Nashville’s fate is undecided. I soooo hope it’s renewed. Such a great show from characters to relationships to music. One of my favs!

su0000
su0000

hi west virgina fan..
exactly.. it catered to a group of people…
I liked some of the stories but had need to FF through the songs after a minute or less, usually less lol..
The woman with long long hair and cut it all off , her songs all sounded the same, different words but same song lol..

thing is; Nashville was not a series for everyone, mainly because of the terrible music lol .. so it had more-so of a selected audience which will lead to its cancellation imo.

((Empire is 100 times better lol)

Alan
Alan

I think the show’s biggest problem was its lack of long term story and inability to write for the bad guys who actually drove story. Killing off Juliet’s train wreck mama, Rayna’s sneaky dad, and Gunnar’s shady brother were huge mistakes because those characters could have generated story and been woven into several stories. It always feels like half the show wants to be a traditional soap with country music and the other half wants to avoid the soap label at all costs. Such a waste of potential because the cast is very good but is done in by the lack of a clear vision for the show’s identity.

The one area that I think Nashville succeeds is in its use of music — Nashville tends to weave it in pretty effortlessly while Empire makes every plot center on the music which is boring and ultimately very one note in its storytelling which is why I dropped that show as well.

su0000
su0000

”Castle””

Elaine Buck
Elaine Buck

I really would be up set to see Nashville and Castle not returning. They are my favorite shows.

Rodd
Rodd

Glad the Thursday line up is safe, but really want to hear Castle and Nashville included in this group, too. As for the others, I couldn’t care.

Alan
Alan

Glad to see Quantico, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, and The Middle are returning. ABC should renew American Crime which has been amazing this season. It’s time to cancel Nashville — I’ve always been amazed that show got a second season.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Love Nashville and Agent Carter and Castle shoulld have on e more season

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

When ABC canned AMC & OLTL, I decided the only ABC show I’d continue to watch is GH. So, no interest here in what happens to rest of their shows.

Anthony
Anthony

I sure hope Nashville is given another season. I do enjoy the characters and I love country music, but with shake-up at the top of ABC, I fear the worst. If Nashville is cancelled, maybe Jonathan Jackson will return to GH as Lucky Spencer. Then again, who knows if the new ABC big shots intend on keeping GH around!

cindy
cindy

I really hope Nashville gets renewed.

s corbett
s corbett

What is wrong with ABC??? Nashville is the best show on the air and it hasn’t been renewed yet!!! Make me want to give up all ABC shows if not renewed!

Timmm
Timmm

Half hour sitcoms sell really well in syndication. Hour long shows have a steeper hill to climb. A show like Nashville isnt popular enough to do well in syndication. It might be what is holding up their decision.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I read somewhere that abc wants more comedies in the future than continuing dramas because shows that are serialized are harder to sell into syndication…and i doubt they will ever do a new daytime soap-so watch whats out there before they are gone.

JUDY K
JUDY K

JUST WHAT WE NEED…MORE COMEDIES!! THE NASHVILLE CAST IS EXCELLENT…..I AM ONE THAT HOPES IT WILL BE PICKED UP.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I havent watched that one but if it does get picked up ill start watching it…i love continuing dramas!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

jimh…Nashville is fantastic. It’s really got everything…great characters, intertwined stories and very good music. It’s not drama per se in that it’s always “heavy”. But it’s just one of the shows where you kinda get caught up in the people and just wish you were there. (lol, or maybe that’s just me but while watching I get caught up in the Nashville aura…

Rose
Rose

Jimh…I guess it’s what networks consider comedy, and that usually involves hopefully increasing ratings and higher advertising $s. But from what I’ve seen from promos, I haven’t seen any that were my idea of funny. Except Big Bang Theory…and I’m wondering about it’s future because it’s lost some of it’s magic. As far as the others, they seem to be a variation of the reality shows…dumbing down to the lowest common denominator. Guess they are having trouble finding good comedy writers like soaps are for soap writers, or they don’t want to invest the $’s or take a risk with writers who aren’t always putting people down.

su0000
su0000

Hi Rose..

With the exception of ‘ Big Bang Theory , there has not been a good comedy series since Seinfeld..
The ones airing now have way too much silly stupid in them..

rebecca1
rebecca1

Actually Black-ish is betond hilarious…and though I don’t regularly watch The Goldbergs I just recently caught one episide and it wad actually pretty funny.

JANET
JANET

Comedies ? If fresh off the boat is a comedy, we are in trouble. Its re- newed. Last man Standing is funny, will hope its renewed. Nashvile I like I like country music, and even Castle can be good. we watch Quanico, but can take it or leave it. Castle is ok. ABC is the worst network, all they want is money, and they don’t care if we like what they throw at us. Renewed Dancing with the stars Last year I shut that off. We all watch what we like. I don’t watch any of the others.GH included.

SZima
SZima

I’ve watched Castle from the beginning (plus re-runs late every Saturday night) and would hate to see the show go, but I won’t be surprised. I believe it’s reached the end. Some of the stories are kinda dumb now.
I gave up Nashville during season 3 simply because I had too many shows to watch and could no longer keep up. It was an OK show, but I would think that too would have reached the end of good stories.
I also gave up OUAT after season 3. For me it was just too much with too many characters and stories intertwining that didn’t/shouldn’t intertwine. It should have been canceled after season 2.
MY opinions!

Melissa
Melissa

Couldn’t agree with you more about OUAT. Shocked it was not cancelled awhile ago. It’s become an extended commercial for Disney characters. Has lost all of it’s originality.

Joann
Joann

I love Nashville and I hope it has, at least, one more season. I would like to see Rayna and Deacon build the music company up and end on a great note!

Ric
Ric

Cancel OUAT, it is so bloated and only survives for Disney to feed their own characters. Nashvile has had a bad time of it but I like how the stories evolved so far and would like to see one more season. I lost interest in Castle years ago.Too formulaic. TGIT is the best block of shows on TV but I also lost interest in Grey’s years ago. Replace it with anothe Shondra show and move it back to Sunday night.

Joanne
Joanne

I’ve watched every episode of Castle and have all of the DVDs. One of the few shows I still watch. Would hate to see it go… 🙁

Trudy
Trudy

We love Nashville, so we want to see it renewed. We don’t even like country music, but we love the music on the show.

American Crime is the best show on television right now, so it should be renewed. We just discovered it and so wish we had seen the first season.

Castle feels over. Love the actors, but it just feels like it is running out of gas.

SoftJohn
SoftJohn

As Long As OUAT and MF is still on the air, we will be alright! Also what is the big deal with Nashville anyway? It’s not the best show in the world, if fact, I’m surprise it’s still on the air!

Skp53
Skp53

Two of my favorite shows! I’d be really upset if they don’t return!

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WATCH: Jonathan Jackson + Enation’s New Music Video “The Days Are Evil”

Five-time Daytime Emmy winner from General Hospital, and former Nashville star, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, Ex-Avery) has released a new music video for the new single “The Days Are Evil” along with his band Enation.

The music video features shots of Jackson in a very dark incarnation, and the track will also appear on Jackson + Enation’s upcoming album due out later this fall, Ultraviolet Empire.

Jonathan says of the new album: “Our new album, Ultraviolet Empire, is a throwback record. It’s a record we played together live in the studio. Most of the songs are one take -just letting the band play.  It was amazing playing with our co-producer Colin Linden and capturing something so raw and visceral.”

This will be the band’s follow-up to their 2017 album  Anthems for the Apocalypse and their successful 2018 tour in Europe opening for Echo & The Bunnymen,

Check out the music video featuring Jonathan released this week below.

Then, let us know, should Lucky return to Port Charles for the Nurses’ Ball with his band and play a tune off the new album next spring? Will Jonathan come home to GH for a guest appearance? Will you be checking out the new music from him in the coming months? Comment below.

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RENEWALS: How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy CANCELLATIONS: Life In Pieces, Star

The last 36 hours have seen some of your favorite primetime dramas renewed and others canceled; several of which feature former or current soap stars.  ABC has renewed for its upcoming sixth season How to Get Away with Murder.  During its fifth season, the series ranked as the No. 1 program in Thursday’s 10 PM slot in key demos: Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34.

How To Get Away With Murder stars Viola Davis as Annalise Keating, a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with five of her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot.  The ensemble cast includes: Rome Flynn (Ex-Zende of The Bold and the Beautiful) who plays the key role of Gabriel Maddox.

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Also on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy received a two-year renewal for seasons 16 and 17.  For season 16, former Nashville star Chris Carmack (Ex-Will) has been upped to series regular in his role of “Link”.

 

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However, the ensemble CBS comedy Life in Pieces which features Y&R’s Hunter King (Summer) as Clementine was canceled, and will not return after its current fourth season which is currently airing its fifth episode out of thirteen.

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Upon learning of the cancellation, King took to her Instagram and shared: “Thank you for bringing me into the Life In Pieces family and for making it such a fun four years. I have so much love and respect for everyone who was involved in this show. Thank you to the amazing cast and crew, and thank you to our amazing leaders Justin Adler, @kaplanaaron , and Jeff Morton . I am forever grateful.”

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Finally, Lee Daniels series on Fox, Star, which has been a companion to his hit sudsy Empire, was also canceled after its 3rd season.  Star followed three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cutthroat music business.  It has been reported by various outlets that the showrunners will be looking for another home for the series to try to continue it on.

So, happy to learn about HWTGM and ‘Grey’s’ being renewed? What do you think of the cancellations of Life in Pieces and Star? Let us know via the comment section below.

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NASHVILLE To Become Broadway Musical

Looks like the Music City drama, Nashville, originally on ABC and then on CMT, has more than nine lives! Now the popular soap is headed to the stage and Broadway after six seasons on the small screen.

The show is set to have a musical adaptation with 10-time Tony Award winner Scott Delman (American IdiotRagtimeBook of MormonHello, Dolly!Fun HomeMean Girls) in charge.  In addition, Delman will serve as lead producer of the show and he has acquired the live theatrical rights from Lionsgate and ABC Studios.

Nashville, with its complex, relatable characters and sweeping emotional gestures, has all of the narrative elements that I look for in great theatrical source material,” Delman said in a statement. “From that rich DNA, we will be building an original story with entirely original music, written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters.  We are particularly excited to deliver Broadway’s first score of true contemporary country music — a genre that has exploded with mainstream audiences in recent years. Lionsgate has a treasure-trove of sterling IP, and I’m honored to be a part of this new phase of their live entertainment division.”

Additional information on the upcoming musical, including production dates and a creative team, is expected to be announced shortly.  Now the question becomes; will some of its beloved series stars be in the Broadway rendition of the series?

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So, excited to hear the news of a Broadway musical of Nashville? Would you like to see Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Hayden Panetierre and others hit the stage in the roles they originated? Comment below.

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