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CMT Bumps Up First Hour Of NASHVILLE Season Premiere To December 15th!


Nashies great news!  The wait is finally almost over.

While originally slated for a two-hour season premiere on January 5th, CMT has announced plans for a special Christmas gift for fans with the broadcast the first hour of the Season 5 premiere on Thursday, Dec. 15 that 9/8c, that’s three weeks before airing the full two-hour premiere airs on Thursday, Jan. 5th at 9/8c.

Hulu will also be airing the special the day after the linear premiere on Dec. 16.  To coincide with this exciting news, CMT has also released the first official trailer for the upcoming season.  Watch all of your favorites from: Rayna (Connie Britton), Deacon (Charles Esten), Juliette (Hayden Panettiere), Avery (Jonathan Jackson) to Will (Chris Carmack) ,and see what’s in store for them and where we left off at the season four cliffhanger on ABC.

What will be the upshot of Juliette’s plane going MIA? How will Rayna and Deacon’s home life be derailed by her financial troubles with her record label?  Can Will Lexington live his life as his authentic self in the country music industry?  These are just some of the questions to be answered when Nashville returns!

Watch the first official season five trailer from CMT’s Nashville below. Then let us know, which story you are intrigued on seeing play out?  And, are you excited that Nashville can be seen in just two weeks with the beginning of all-new episodes? Comment below!

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CMT seems to be doing right by NASHVILLE and its fan base. I am marking my datebook!

Thank you for your support of this show. When ABC once again under-estimated the passion and power of a cult-following show (All My Children, One Life to Live), I am glad CMT picked it up. The show employees so many people here in Nashville, from local actors and songwriters to the venues where some of the shots are filmed. It appeared that ABC wanted the city to practically play for the series to air. The state gave so many tax incentives. But to be fair, the show has made Nashville one of the hottest cities in the U.S., with more than 90 people moving here daily. We appreciate your coverage and for keeping Jonathan Jackson, Scott Reeves, Hayden P and Connie on our screens.

@Ray…Connie’s leaving our screens after twelve episodes…

Love this show! Love u for covering it Michael!

This makes me SO happy, ABC is the least fan friendly network on TV, and that is why their ratings are tanking at last place, and CMT should know that this addition to their lineup will skyrocket their ratings, we will watch other shows and this could be a beginning for many scripted series on your network. This is Christmas coming early for me, and I am sure that thousands of others feel the same way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Joan

Love this show and am SO HAPPY it gets a new life on CMT! I’m looking forward to all the stories they’ll be offering.

Thank you, Michael, for alerting us to the change in the premiere date! I’m setting my DVR right away.


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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Guiding Light

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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