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Connie Britton Shares Heartfelt Message On Nashville Cancellation: "I'd Just Like To Say It's Been My Honor To be Part Of This World … Thanks For the Music."

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Series star and exeutive producer, Connie Britton took to her Instagram on Friday morning with a very special message to everyone who has been part of her journey as country music superstar Rayna James on Nashville.

Yesterday, the news broke that ABC decided not to renew the series for its fifth season, breaking the hearts of many longtime viewers, who loved the sudsy Music City drama.

Britton shared: “To the amazing friends and family who are Nashville, to the cast and crew, and most of all to the fans… I’d just like to say it’s been my honor to be a part of this world, to live in it and breathe it in and try to replicate it.  Sometimes we were more successful than others. But the place of Nashville in my heart is deep and permanent.  I am grateful for the hard work and faith of so many who dedicated themselves to creating and supporting this show.  I am forever changed for the better. Thanks for the music.”

Yesterday, Britton’s on-screen love interest Charles Esten (Deacon) tweeted upon the heartbreaking news of the show not receiving a pick-up: “So grateful to so many for the dream that has been Nashville. Not always easy to be Deacon. But to play him? An absolute joy and an honor.

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Chris Carmack who plays Will Lexington tweeted: Nashvillewill be so cherished by so many… Trying to wrap my head around it…”

What did you think about the statements from Britton, Esten and Carmack on the axing of Nashville? We are waiting to hear Nashville cast member, and former GH star Jonathan Jackson’s sentiments as well, and will keep you updated.
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carol
carol

I am very saddened by this unexpected development. Nashville is one of my favorite shows and I will miss it. Wonderful cast.

Brian
Brian

I hope JJ comes back as Lucky!

Amber
Amber

Yes that’s the rumor Brian, Jonathan might come back to GH as Lucky Spencer.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Second the emotion! Jonathan Jackson and his mentor Genie Francis–what a story that could be–if only . . .

Bonnie
Bonnie

Beautiful

Jonboy
Jonboy

Only ABC show I watched. Now I’m done with them. Hoping another network gets wise and picks it up. It’s the one show I enjoy viewing each week.

Jacklyn
Jacklyn

Nashville deserved to be cancelled, it went down hill fast. Thank you ABC, for pulling the plug on Nashville.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree jonboy. One of the better shows. Quality on every level.

RAY
RAY

It seems that ABC dropped the ball again in communications. Charles Esten said he found out at the same time ss the news was breaking on social media. Did ABC not learn anything from the Kelly Ripa debacle? This type of news affect hundreds of people – cast and crew. The lack of respect for these actors is astounding, yet ABC keeps doing it.

Yolanda
Yolanda

RAY, this was not a shocker. Nashville was always on the bubble. It never had high ratings. ABC stuck with Nashville for 4 years, ratings were terrible.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Which is a mystery Yolanda because it was a great show. They needed to promote it differently.

Shay
Shay

You are so right, Yolanda….This low-rated show managed to inexplicably pull through every year, yet ABC cancelled the far superior “Forever” last season whilst once again allowing “Nashville” to live for another season….it definitely was not worth it!

rebecca1
rebecca1

As I was saying, Nashville was so superior to formulaic shows like Forever, which is why it lasted longer. Word is it’s being shopped around…here’s hoping some other network will recognize quality and pick it up.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Love Charles Easten–bring him on GH to play opposite Genie Francis–come on, everyone, join the bandwagon. Charles, can you hear us?

Shay
Shay

Normally, I agree with you, Nancy, but not on this one. However, I would most certainly welcome Chris Carmack to Port Charles!!!!

su0000
su0000

I liked Connie Britton role in American Horror Story, much better than her role in Nashville..
Perhaps she will return to AHS ..

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

So sad…I’m really going to miss that world and those characters. Just so frustrating that quality shows come and go while garbage like Jerry Springer and the like go on for years. Doesn’t say much for the viewing public. Scary!

It really is a strange emotional journey we go on when we get involved in fictional characters and their world. We become absorbed, we become attached and then they’re abruptly gone. Sort of like closing the last page of a great book…except the story is finished and you have time to prepare….

Maybe CMT should pick up the show!

Jammi
Jammi

I’m going to miss this show. Have been a fan since the beginning. Such a talented cast. Nashville will remain a part of my heart always.

Cameron
Cameron

Yes me too, loved the show.

diane
diane

I sure am going to miss it. One of my favorite shows!!

S Davis
S Davis

Please ABC reconsider axing Nashville…one of the best shows out there. So sick of those reality shows!!!!thT are constantly being renewed!!!!!!

Donna Dykema
Donna Dykema

My friends and I are furious that Nashville has been canceled. ABC is notorious for getting rid of good shows and early cancellations of new shows. We all have decided to not watch any new shows that ABC brings on and hope that another network will be smart enough to bring back the popular Nashville. Best of luck to one of the best casts on tv! You will be missed!

Leeza
Leeza

Nashville got cancelled, so who cares lol. The show never had good ratings. ABC made the right call, in cancelling Nashville. The best was season 1 and 2, the rest was boring and horrible storylines. RIP Nashville.

rebecca1
rebecca1

A lot of us care Leeza. The show has many disappointed fans. Daytime soaps ebb and flow and somehow lasted decades…yet they’re way cornier, over-the-top ridiculous and repetitive. I think most of us still watch one or the few left out of habit and familiarity. Nashville on the other hand had believable stories, poignancy, entertainment. Shame it’s been aborted.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, it started out with great promise–then faded each year.

lina
lina

That really sucks love that show they are always canceling the good show

Donny
Donny

I agree Lina, hopefully Netflix or NBC might pickup Nashville. ABC are pathetic losers, they will stab you in the back.

mark
mark

this show was so boring im glad they put it out of its misery!

Alan
Alan

Yes Mark, me too. The show was bad, and the acting was cheesy. I am glad, the show is history.

Shay
Shay

Me three, Mark and Allen. I tried to watch this show and it just didn’t grab me, despite featuring the awesome Jonathan Jackson.

Ghlover
Ghlover

jJ please come back to GH

JK
JK

JUST NOT RIGHT. I FEEL SORRY FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL ACTORS AND I WILL MISS THIS SHOW EVERY WED….SOMEBODY PICK IT UP….ANY NETWORK WILL SHOW MORE CLASS AND RESAPECT THAN ABC……I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, THE VIEWERS NEED TO CANCEL ABC AND THE SPONSORS.

Ronnie
Ronnie

This is what happens, when not enough people watch the show, not just record it.

Ricardo
Ricardo

I went to the web site E network. Nashville is being shopped around, by other networks. Let’s hope this is true and Nashville gets picked up by another network. ABC you suck, big time for cancelling a good show.

nicholas
nicholas

i wouldn’t hold my breath with the shopping around thing . this stunt is pulled around all the time . Hardly any shows get saved and if they do they last no more than a year . Even Dallas couldn’t be saved .

fginaspy
fginaspy

The show has been pretty awful the last couple of weeks with the emancipation storyline that resulted in violence. I do like the cast very much and the music. It would be nice to see JJ back on GH.

Patrick
Patrick

she has been in 3 hit series

Friday Night Lights
American Horror Story
Nashville

she’s huge

it’s exciting to say… she’s been emmy nominated in all three shows

best lead actress

can’t say that I’ve watched … Friday night lights or Nashville

I am indebted to her.. because of my love, for… Jessica Lange

Connie Britton is a huge part of American Horror Story success

“thank you”

Janet Byrnes
Janet Byrnes

I am disappointed . I watched the show and enjoyed it. I started watching because of JJ .I just hope he gets another show and never returns to GH. Run JJ run .

I watched Nashville, and liked most of the characters and the music. Good luck to all the cast and crew. ABC does it again. Boo Hiss to them

Carol Bryan
Carol Bryan

Thank you for the many nights of enjoyment I have had watching your show…..the music was so enjoyable and the story lines were so real life. I will definitely miss each and every one of you…. 🙁

Rosanne
Rosanne

So sorry it was cancelled.. Was looking forward to new writers or whatever they were going to do next year..
They should have given it a chance

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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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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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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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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.”

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