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NASHVILLE 2-Hour Season Premiere A Ratings Winner For CMT! What Did You Think Of The Episodes?

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Good news Nashies! In its two-hour season premiere on CMT, Nashville delivered the cable outlet’s highest number in five years!

According to Deadline: “Thursday night drew more than 1.2 million Live+same day viewers on CMT for the return of the music city drama, the network’s most watched original premiere since 2012. The debut notched a .45 (A18-49), up nearly 300% from CMT’s primetime average.

Across three airings — two on CMT and an encore on sibling Nick at Nite, the fifth season opener averaged nearly two million viewers and a .77 rating in adults 18-49. That was off by 20% from the show’s Live+same day average for its fourth season on ABC and by a tenth from the drama’s Season 4 finale.

Nashville always has been a heavily time-shifted viewing series, so Live+same day numbers provide just a snapshot of its performance. However, evaluating Nashville’s full viewership may not be straight-forward. As part of the deal with Hulu, which is a partner on the series, Nashville is getting a next-day play on the streaming service. It is unclear whether its Live+3 ratings will include streaming data from Hulu or just DVR viewing on CMT.”

Part one and two of Nashville season’ five opener picked up twith the plane crash which traumatized and injured Juliette (Hayden Paniettiere), while Rayna (Connie Britton) was looking to get back in touch with that which spurred her on to become a country music singer in the first place.  We also met two characters, where one could be Rayna’s new stalker, and Will (Chris Carmack) fell under the spell of fashion designer Jakob Fine (Murray Bartlett), will it mean the end of his relationship with Kevin (Kyle Dean Massey)?

What did you think of the all-new Nashville on CMT? Comment below!

 

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Lawrence
Lawrence

Very disappointed. No Luke Wheeler and no new villains (remember Jeff?) in the horizon. This eextended episode was just dull and full of the same couples’ snipping that started to drag down last season. I realize and am grateful that Nasville is not action but plot driven. I saw no blueprints for interesting plot developments last night. But being a fan from episode one, I’ll stay watching in hopes the writers can bring the spark back!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I agree, Lawrence. I think you and I are in the minority but I was disappointed when they previewed it several weeks ago and again last night. Just doesn’t “feel” the same to me. I was afraid that would happen. It was too “couple” centric last nite. It just went round and round with each couple’s problems…the dialogue between Rayna and Deacon didn’t “sound” like them…too sappy…Deacon with reading glasses? LOL…just not the cool vibe I got from the ABC version. Felt disjointed…dunno…I miss Luke (he’ll be on but just to wrap up story…).

I liked the camraderie of the original series. There was interaction between all of the characters and a Nashville “town” as community.

Sigh. Will stick with it. Was so disappointed when it was cancelled and thrilled CMT picked it up. Here’s hoping it gets better…

Lawrence
Lawrence

Hi Rebecca, I did read an interview with the woman who created Nashville. Apparently these are “new” writers who share her vision that the show be less soap operaish. Not sure what they have in mind, but I think we agree it doesn’t look to great thus far.

JK
JK

CANT BELIEVE I AM SAYING THIS, BUT I HAVE TO AGREE. I WAITED FOR THE SEASON TO START ONLY TO BE VERY LET DOWN…SAME PROBLEMS AND WENT ROUND AND ROUND TOO MANY TIMES FOR ME.I WILL WATCH NEXT WEEK….GIVE IT A COUPLE MORE EPISODES…

Addison
Addison

I am afraid I do agree with you both. And really, do we need to have Juliette in wheel chair suffering from PTS on the heels of her recovery from Postpartum disorder? Can we please get JJ back to being a musician/producer rather than playing the role of Juliette’s nursemaid/purse holder?
It didn’t help that it was two hours long and that it seemed to be merely repeating the sneak preview. Like Rebecca, I miss Luke too. I also miss Layla and they should never have killed off Jeff. But yeah, I will hold on with the hope that it will get better.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi JK and Addison. Seems like we are in the minority…but we’re right! 🙂

Hi Lawrence…Yes. The writers, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovi are the creators of a show from years ago, Thirtysomething, which was excellent. That’s why my expectations were high. They’re really quite good. The thing is I loved Nashville the way it was; I liked ALL the characters and their traits…I liked the soapy stuff…the triangles between Rayna, Teddy, Deacon…Rayna, Luke, Deacon…Scarlett, Avery, Gunner…Will’s angst, Layla’s…Loved Luke…loved the entire Nashville “scene”. I think they said they’re going to go more with songs instead of story (perhaps to appeal more to country music fans who watch CMT). Sigh. I also don’t like the whole religious theme with Juliette, the Church, her “angel,”…

We shall see. Fingers crossed.

Oh, and Add…I REALLY liked Luke and Layla, too. Such a bad decision to get rid of such interesting, poignant characters. Layla was just hitting her stride and went through so much…Luke (though people thought he was up to no good from the beginning…I always liked). There was something so likeable about him.

We shall see…I think we should all try to watch to at least give it a chance. Would be a shame to lose it if it starts resembling itself again…

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Lawrence…older thread but I just wanted to say if you quit Nashville give it another try. It’s taken me allll this time but I just finished the last two episodes and I’m getting into it! With the exception of Juliette’s story I think it’s been finding its way and this past Wednesday’s cliffhanger (though done before) has me wanting more…and not sure which way it’s going to go.

Lisa
Lisa

I loved the 2 episode premiere. The stories felt more cohesive and I appreciated the focus on the primary characters as it should be. So grateful to CMT for believing in the show and bringing it back to us.

Brenda
Brenda

I t was wondering I missed it . It was different but still good I can’t wait till this week to see what happens next. Thank you for bringing back Nashville.

Jason
Jason

It looks like there is going to be a stalker story. I hope it’s not Luke. The obvious answer is that tech dude, but who knows. I thought it was sort of boring, but I’ll watch the next couple of episodes.

Calie
Calie

I too loved the way Luke Wheeler and his son developed into people you could care about by the close of last season. They should rethink bringing Luke back.

I do think there will be villains though.

Connie Womack
Connie Womack

I am glad Nashville is back, i really missed it alot. Glad i have CMT. They should have picked up on regular tv so the people who don’t have cable TV can watch it too

Keri
Keri

I actually loved almost everything about the show. Loved the slower pace, the character interactions, the less soapy melodrama. So incredibly happy that the show was picked up and will continue. However, I do have one big beef and that is the story line for Will. While all the other couples on the show were having PDAs left and right, Will and Kevin had zero (unless you want to count that extremely chaste hug). There were no I love yous, no kisses, and they barely touched each other. They were basically two guys hanging out. The new showrunners said they would treat Will like every other character. That apparently was just talk. Moving in together came out of left field and the whole cheating story line seems lame. Yes, temptation is a big part of fame but it just doesn’t seem to fit Will’s character. Hoping that story line does a 180 and soon. Loved everything else though.

GramS
GramS

Loved it!!

Anthony
Anthony

So nice to have Nashville back. Really enjoyed the episodes and look forward to hearing a lot more music. I can see a difference in a character interaction – more real these first two episodes. Can wait to see more.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I happily call NASHVILLE by a new title… COUNTRYSOMETHING. The show is taking a welcome turn and I think we will see more plot turns as the characters are re-established. As to those asking for villains, there surely will be some, but in good drama among couples, families, and friends, the villains are sometimes ourselves. These are complex people in complex situations. I look forward to seeing more this season than ever before. Proud to be a Nashie!

Jeane
Jeane

I have missed this show. Nashville has always been my favorite show. Tell me why I can’t get the show CMT. I got it on W station and my cable is giving that channel free for one month. What channel will Nashville be on after that. I’m in the Vancouver B.C. Canada area.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Call your local provider?

PennySoap
PennySoap

I have Xfinity (Comcast) Cable with a ton of stations – but not CMT! Very disappointed!

rebecca1
rebecca1

You can order it from Comcast…think it’s included in a sports/entertainment package. Might be $10.00 a month. Don’t believe there’s a contract so you can always order it just for the months Nashville is on…then cancel/renew for the (hopefully) next season.

PennySoap
PennySoap

Thanks, Rebecca1! I will look into it…

rebecca1
rebecca1

You’re welcome. I know this is probably obvious but you don’t have to tell them you want to order then cancel. Just ask if you can cancel without penalty at any time. (which I’m sure you can.) Then, as said, when (if) the season begins again, reorder. I do that with several premium channels like HBO or Showtime,
Starz…I follow certain shows, cancel when the season’s over, etc. These channels are add-on’s…

Libby
Libby

I thought premiere on CMT was great. Same characters- more depth. Better production value in my opinion, too.

So glad it is still on.This first time I have felt true empathy for Juliette. Men were very heroic – Deacon and Avery. Has a liitle once and Again feel…but true to country music. Wayfaring Stranger – a classic traditional or gospel song stole my heart. I hope Juliette and/or Rayna record it and it is massive hit. So smart with selections.

Welcome back Nashville!

Jennifer
Jennifer

I am a die-hard Nashville fan. Was soooo happy CMT picked it up. While I am excited to see all the characters (loved how well rounded they were on ABC), I am not happy with how politically correct they’re trying to be. Really? Juliette’s Physical Trainer mentioning she’s ‘Trans’? Not likely, and nope- do not want to see that. And I really don’t want to see gay love scenes. (though I love Will and like the other gay characters-don’t mind them being on there, just don’t want to see them kissing etc…) Just don’t agree with it. Thank goodness for DVR- I also fast forwarded through Scarlett making that music video too- ick. Just not into some of the directions they’re going. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.
But I will stick with it for now because I love the premise of it all- the main characters and of course, Music City, Nashville!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m very disappointed in the CMT version…and I knew I would be once they announced the changes. I love Luke and Layla; I think it was a really bad move to get rid of these two wonderful characters. As far as the stories thus far? The show was about COUNTRY music, COUNTRY performers and the COUNTRY industry. In that microcosm we got an intimate look at Nashville…the concerts, the drive behind the performers, the sometimes cutthroat competition…the younger singer vs the established…the emotional back stories and the sense of community that tied it all together. Suddenly, they’ve introduced gospel and Church…less emphasis on country…they”ve integrated the show for what? To make it current? Politically correct? I don’t see all new white characters and stories suddenly popping up on Empire. I also don’t see diversity, if that’s what they’re aiming for. I see, once again, white characters who introduce black characters. Where are the Indian characters, Asian characters, Middle Eastern characters?? I mean, c’mon…if we’re going to purposely integrate a show, than show people in ALL of our colors and religions. No? Then what is the purpose of taking a country show and introducing these characters and getting rid of Nashville characters that were likeable, poignant and …country.

Totally disappointed….

rebecca1
rebecca1

And to elaborate…not sure..but maybe I’d like what they’re doing if this was an all-new show and I had no expectations or attachments to the ABC version. But I was excited when it was picked up because I wanted to see NASHVILLE and the characters I’d come to love. Not a facsimile of…

With that said, Maddie is becoming intolerable and her new guy admittedly is cute and appealing. Still…not liking the show.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Repeating myself here…for those viewers who have lost interest in the new Nashville…I’ve changed my mind in the last two episodes:

…older thread but I just wanted to say if you quit Nashville give it another try. It’s taken me allll this time but I just finished the last two episodes and I’m getting into it! With the exception of Juliette’s story I think it’s been finding its way. This past Wednesday’s cliffhanger (2/15) (though done before) has me wanting more…and not sure which way it’s going to go. I’m “diggin'” it again!

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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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