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Eric Close to join Jonathan Jackson and Hayden Panettiere in ABC Primetime Soap Pilot, Nashville!

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Photo Credit: Kathie Hutchins

More stars with a daytime soap background are being added to the cast of the new ABC primetime soap pilot Nashville! Already announced to the project were Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, GH) and Hayden Panettiere (Ex-Lizzie, GL) and now comes word that former Santa Barbara star, Eric Close is on board! announced today that, “Without A Trace alum Eric Close has also signed on to the pilot, written by Callie Khouri.  Nashville is described as a family soap about love, country music, family, politics and sex, set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene. It centers on 40-year-old Nashville superstar Rayna James (Connie Britton) who is stunned to find that her star is fading and her label requires her to team up with teen sensation Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) on tour –- or else face the loss of her own tour and the label’s promotion of her latest record, whose sales have been underwhelming. Eric Close will play Rayna’s husband who is now living on his wife’s salary.”

So with these names attached and the premise of the series, is this a show that would perk your interest to check out? Let us know!

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Yes, I will watch anything with Jonathan Jackson. I’ll definitely watch. Can’t wait!! Woohoo!!

Yes, I can’t wait to see Jonathan Jackson back on TV. The other cast memebers are just a bonus.

Nah. I don’t watch much ABC because they cancelled the extremely popular and high rated OLTL. They thought they were throwing fans a bone by putting a few OLTL actors on GH, but that show is so awful I fast forward all the scenes except the OLTL actors. Even at that, the story line stinks.
ABC would boost ratings by bringing back the beloved OLTL. Soap fans are angry and turned off to ABC so even with Jonathon Jackson or even if is was Michael Jackson back from the dead I would not watch ABC.

general hospital is looking good I watched all the abc soaps ,and I am pissed off that abc/disney cancelled all my children and one life to live ,we are boycotting all abc shows except general hospital,we have to save the soaps .the mannings are a good addition ,next week john mcbain shows up,you really should give gh a chance your supporting the soaps and letting abc know we wont watch any of there other garbage shows no matter who they get to sign on the dotted line.and like you I dont care who abc/disney puts on there prime time line up this abc soap only fan will never tune in to there stupid programming.

@ Ann: “or even if is was Michael Jackson back from the dead I would not watch ABC. ”

You stupid. LOL I mean that to be FUNNY. BC that’s what I said out loud and then chuckled… abc really f***ed up if U won’t cut it on for Michael Jackson back from the dead. Now…., LMAO!

wont watch ,abc/disneys way of sucking you in ,if you were a all my children and one life to live fan ,you watch general hospital and thats it with the abc/disney prime time soap operas.there are other networks and soaps you can watch in the evening ,just the other day I read that cbs is number 1 nbc second ,fox third and poor abc/disney 4,hopefully thats because us soap fans are still pissed off ,and will continue to boycott there garbage programming.

I will definitely watch this show for Jonathan Jackson especially. this sounds like a good show and tv people are crazy if they dont put Jonathan Jackson on tv in some show. we want to see him!! He deserves a good role in a good show. He is a fabulous actor.


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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