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Clare Bowen On Scarlett’s Heartbreak: "My Heart Is With All The Souls Out There Who Have Experienced The Suffering Portrayed On Nashville CMT Tonight …"

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If you think Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett (Clare Bowen) being robbed at gunpoint from last week’s episode of CMT’s Nashville caused shockwaves for the on-again off-again lovebirds, tonight’s episode was even more of an emotional-ringer as Scarlett faced the most harrowing ordeal.

The next morning after the robbery, Gunnar is at the police station, meanwhile Scarlett begins having excruitating pain in her stomach and notices blood on the sheets.  She is promptly taken to the hospital by Deacon (Charles Esten) where she learns her baby girl no longer has a heartbeat and that she suffered a spontaneous miscarriage .. to make things even more unbearable, Scarlett learns that she will have to deliver her stillborn child.

Nashville star, Clare Bowen took to Twitter immediately after the east coast airing of the episode sharing this message: “My heart is with all of the souls out there who have experienced the suffering portrayed on Nashville CMT tonight, some of my dearest loved ones included.  I have never felt this particular kind of pain, and can only imagine it to be all consuming – so it is with deepest respect and heartfelt prayer, that I urge anyone who has found themselves engulfed by grief of miscarriage or stillbirth, to allow your feelings be spoken, heard, and valued by those around you.  You are not alone. All my love,  Clare.”

So what did you think of Clare Bowen’s message on social media?  Did you see tonight’s emotional episode featuring Scarlett’s baby heartbreak? Comment below.

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Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I’ve heard Clare Bowen speak in a few interviews and she seems like a genuinely good person so her message is in keeping with that. Empathetic. Supportive.

The episode was heartbreaking. I felt for her AND Gunner. LOL…I think they need to stay apart for good this time. He has given her all anyone lookng for love can ask for…his heart, his love, his compassion, loyalty. She rejected his marriage proposal on the ABC version, she wanted him back and then she cheated on him with what’s-his–face…the video producer. Now, Gunnar risks his life to protect her, runs to her at the hospital, makes up her bed…and she’s still not sure. Time to move on and be loved back, Gunnar!

The show’s been really picking up. After a rocky start…couldn’t stand the whole Juliette/gospel Church episodes…it’s coming back to itself. And, I’m liking Deacon and Jessie.

They need to bring back Luke. And, I could do without them trying to “hip” up the country feel with “kids gone wrong” ala Daphney’s new friend, Liv. Hope we’ve seen the last of her….

Soaphound
Soaphound

Rebecca, I agree wholeheartedly. The Scarlett concert scene was stunning. Out of nowhere came this beautiful, heartfelt moment and it really elevated the show. I guess I live on a different planet from Scarlett, because I would have married Gunnar (faults and all) years ago. I know Will really loves Gunnar, too, in an exquisitely unrequited way. We need more of Will with someone decent (he’s also my favorite singer on the show). And yes, far less Maddy. I like Jessie also but I hope we don’t have the usual “it’s too soon for Deacon to get involved” storyline. Glad the show has been renewed for season 6 also!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Soaphound…

Yes; I’m getting chills (emotional ones) as I reflect on Scarlett’s song. Was very touching and can be applied to any loss in life. It really got me….

And, yes! A thousand times yes! LOL…give ME Gunnar! Love him.

We do differ on Maddie (y?) though. I like her. I like both sisters. They’re such good singers and well, they’re Rayna and Deacon’s (and Teddy’s) daughters. By the way, I think they should bring Teddy back. He got short-changed both in the show and as an actor. Though I do love how Deacon’s being a true father figure for Daphne.

I’m not sure if I think Gunnar loves Will. He did have a crush on him in season one…maybe he’s still carrying a torch (some you never get over, true.) But, I think it’s more of a deep friendship now…Gunnar, Avery and Will. I love their three way bromance! “Will” is stunning; great singer too. They’re all so talented!

Deacon and Rayna were the IT couple for so long…(I think it really sucks that she just up and left the show. Of course it’s her right as an actress…her career and all…but still, the Deacon/Rayna romance took so long to finally come together after all those troubled years, the history and then…oh, well. dead. So, not sure if they mentioned how much time has gone by since Rayna’s death. It would be too soon and kinda weird if he fell in love with Jesse at this point, but you can see he has one foot in the past (which will always be there) but the other is definitely walking toward Jesse.

So happy too about the renewal!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

oops…I meant “not sure if Will loves Gunnar” in the romantic way. But I love the way you phrased it…”in an exquisitely unrequited way.” Beautifully said!

Gary
Gary

Why not call or write and let them know what needs to be done? Surely they are waiting for you to solve their problems and tell them how things should be. You should be in charge.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Rebecca, no worries. I knew what you meant about Will and Gunnar. And I have to say, Maddy scored major points with me when she doused Miss Juliet with that champagne! What was that fool woman (not) thinking? For someone who’s so devious, she doesn’t cover her tracks very well. All she had to do was tell that songwriter, “Hey, Maddy feels bad about passing on the song, so please don’t mention anything about it.” Problem solved. But then it wouldn’t be Drama! Hey, do you remember back in season 1 or 2 when Scarlett played that song about her mother (“BLACK ROSES”) and had the onstage breakdown? Another spine-tingling, epic scene!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Soaphound…yes! That was another great moment! (So sad when she lost her mom; Deacon his sister. But I love the bond between Scarlett and Deacon; always there for each other. We should all have a bond like that in real life.) I do have to say though, I was a great fan of Scarlett’s. She’s kinda getting on my nerves; always down, negative. There’s no “up” side to her. I’m not quite sure what Gunnar sees at this point….and I just felt she became very dismissive of his feelings until she finally let him go….

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hey Soaphound!

No new “Nashville” posts but I thought about you when I watched last week’s episode! It’s been really good. Gunnar’s back story was really touching. It makes Scarlett’s constant on again/off again with him more upsetting. He really needs a “home.” A secure love.

I’m not quite sure Rachel Bilson’s character is needed. So far she’s added nothing and is annoying…could she be Gunnar’s next love? (Though she seems to have a crush on Deacon and I sense a jealousy toward Jessie.)

Beth
Beth

You seem to be on every single page here and all over every page. I don’t understand all of your comments blasting other posters- I have been to this site on and off for years and you have been insulting and rude and you think you have every right to be since it is in defense of whatever causes you supposedly champion. That does not give you privilege or special pass to be so demeaning and rude to others. Disagree all you want but spare the name-calling and insulting others intelligence- and it has been numerous times not once and I have never seen an apology from you-ever. I have seen others apologize and try to make peace with you and you ignore those entirely. Love to have a break from all of your dissertations, but instead you will treat me to more of your abuse. Whatever.

JK
JK

AMEN!!!!!! WONDER IF SOME OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE A LIFE????

Soaphound
Soaphound

Rebecca, so glad you thought so, too. Loved last week’s episode.. I’m glad we got to see not only Gunnar’s sad past (yes, I did tear up), but what a terrific actor Sam Palladio is when he has good material and not just being Scarlett’s lapdog! On a superficial level, they finally let his hair grow out and he looked SO good last week. I am enjoying the show right now, especially since the daytime dramas (Y&R and GH) are kind of going through that dull summer phase. I hate what they did to Cane’s character, and I wasn’t even a fan of his. They just let Victoria continue as the worst boss since Leona Helmsley and that smarmy creep Billy just coasts along like Teflon. I hate it when that happens! So, thank heavens for NASHVILLE.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Soaphound…yes. Sam Palladio really gave a fantastic performance. He’s always been sweet…from the first time he hesitantly approached Scarlett at the Blue Bird. (Did you know he’s British and Clare is Australian? Always amazes me when actors are able to perfect another dialect. Not only are they both speaking in an American accent but they sound like they’re truly from Nashville! Although, perhaps those that ARE really from Nashville would disagree with me. 😉 ) Wonderful episode/actor/character.

Last night! The show keeps getting better and better! And I must admit I didn’t like the first few episodes of this CMT version. But Zwick and Hershkovitz are great writers and have not disappointed. I’m loving how Deacon and Jessie’s story is unfolding and I thought it was adorable how she kidnapped him for that hour getaway! So cute; I “smiled out loud.”

Deacon’s concert was fantastic and moving. And Maddie? She’s obviously become central this season as well but I think it’s a wise decision. She’s gorgeous, is an incredible singer and it seems fitting that she’d follow in Rayna’s footsteps. I’m glad that Daphne is getting airtime, too. I worry about that young actress though. Even in real life, her sister gets much more attention/guest spots.

Oh! LOL! I even liked Rachel Bilson last night, after just tellling you I found her character annoying.

I can’t commiserate with you on Y&R. I watch that show very sporadically. I do know who Cain (Cane?) is though (and did watch when Chelsea blew up Adam) came back to marry Cain, was thought dead, came “back to life” and as far as I last heard they’re both leaving the show. “Victoria…Leona Helmsely” 😉

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Oh. On that “superficial” level? I so agree! I like Sam with longer hair, too. But then I’m partial to guys with long hair. Matt Cohen (GH). Check him out on youtube where his is much longer. Stunning.

Carol
Carol

Clare Bowen has an amazing voice. I was moved to tears during her performance. I like Maddy and Daphne just not crazy about their storylines. I would also like to hear more music and see a few more male characters introduced.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Yes, Carol, I concur. We need a really decent guy for Will and MUCH MORE music. Still, I’m delighted the show is still on and staying put for a while. And how about some “diva-like” competition for Juliet, since they dumped Layla.

Alan
Alan

Really good episode. NASHVILLE is finally a show worth watching with Zwick and Herskowitz as show runners.

JK
JK

THIS SHOW HAS GONE BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL GOOD WRITING…AND THAT IS A GOOD THING. ALL THE ACTORS ARE VERY GOOD AND THE STORY LINES HAVE PICKED UP….SO GLAD THEY ARE RENEWED FOR SEASON 6.

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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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