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NASHVILLE Canceled By ABC!

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Another soap opera will bid farewell sooner than expected.   ABC has canceled the Music City drama, Nashville after four seasons.

After being on the bubble of cancellation for some time, but then getting new showrunners for a fifth season in place (Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick), things seem to be looking on the bright side for the series pick-up. However according to Deadline who first broke the news, ABC decided it had to go.  With former ABC programming executive, Paul Lee gone from the network, who was one of the show’s biggest cheerleaders, that certainly didn’t help either.

But Nashville did have its faithful viewing audience, and while not a ratings juggernaut, the show illustrated solid DVR bumps and the Nashville-themed TV music specials, soundstrack and tour a cemented their brand.   Just yesterday, ABC announced a high-profile VR digital extension for the show to go with the last three episodes of the season.

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Nashville featured former five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson in the role of Avery, as well as series leads Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, and Charles Esten.  The series finale, which originally was slated to be the season four finale will air on May 25th at 10PMEST/PST.

So are you saddened to hear that Nashville has sung its last song?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jeanne
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Jeanne

I am beyond disappointed! WHYYYY does ABC keep dropping my favorite shows??? Nashville is one of the best night time shows and I always look forward to it…. dammit!!!

JK
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JK

AMEN…..ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS LEFT ON T.V. ABC IS FALLING APART.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

NOT! Nashville never found its center–and CERTAINLY never showcased Jonathan Jackson’s talents. Character development, continuity, and compelling story–its downfall. Like GH, it had too many characters–and sprawling, underdeveloped storylines. Could have/should have been great. Charles Esten is great–the first season featuring his story was great; it went down from there. I hope someone builds a story around his talents–because he certainly deserves that.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Can Castle be far behind?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Like I said–CASTLE CANCELLED!

Harry
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Harry

There were a lot of misfires for sure. Like HBO’s Vinyl, Nashville’s biggest mistake was to veer away from the music. Too much emphasis was put on Rayna and her annoying daughter. But I think it was savable with a l of tweaking and re direction.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I couldn’t DISAGREE with you more Nancy. There wad plenty of character development, continuity and compelling stories. Family angst… Rayna and hetmr father, Juliette and her mother, Scarlett snd her mother, Will and his father…alcoholism, broken hearts, yearning love, gay acceptance, rivalry…the show had it all yet managed to be cohesive and welcoming. The town, the music, the friendships all centered around a music community . As for it not being country music enough for you, it is the country music of today, from Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Band Perry…the list goes on and on of hip, rock and blues… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Harry,,,I LOVE Vinyl! Bobby Cannavale is fantastic! No misfires for me on this one…enjoy every minute of it.(Except for Elvis in the hotel…too funny.) As for Rayna, she was established from the beginning of the show as the central character so much of it centered around her world or her reach into the other characters lives. She was like the warm beacon…But yes, too much Maddie this season but in the end led to a good payoff in terms of how it effected Rayna and Deacon’s relationship, Deacon and his turned crazy sponsor-partner, Maddie’s emancipation, etc. All good melodrama that… Read more »

Hayjay
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Hayjay

Agree! Really hope something changes & Hulu or Netflix picks it up

Helen Banks
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Helen Banks

I’m so disappointed that the show is being cancelled. ..Shame on you ABC

fginaspy
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fginaspy

I came board late to watching this show. I tried it early and didn’t take to it. Last summer I binged and all the seasons before the current started. Last week’s episode was shocking for the violence. A part of me doesn’t want to watch this week’s episode. However, the show is wonder to showcase great music.

Kathy Goodrich
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Kathy Goodrich

I am so ticked off at ABC. Tired of them cancelling all the shows I loved. AMC and OLTL was one of them. I loved Nashville because it was different. The music was especially great in the beginning. I was looking forward to the new team coming in and hopefully bringing back what made Nashville great…..the music telling the stories of the characters. I’m heartbroken!!

Maureen Lynch
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Maureen Lynch

Yes I find it disappointing – not really a country fan but I enjoyed the music. Hopefully finale on the 25th will be an actual finale and not a cliffhanger.

Mary
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Mary

Are you serious! I’m Extremely disappointed with this decision. I watch every week.

Amber
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Amber

Get over it, lol. Nashville sucked. The best was the first season, good riddance Nashville.

Harry
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Harry

YOU get over it, Amber. By the way, your bedside manner sucks.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Like I said–first season!

Terri
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Terri

So disappointed!

su0000
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su0000

I knew this was the last season for Nashville ..
Outside of the music, that catered to country fans, it had no real gripping anything..

(wonder what will replace the time-slot)

rebecca1
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rebecca1

The music didnt cater to country fans Su. I’m not a country music fan per se, although I must say that the crossover with rock, blues, etc and some very cool bands/singers has expanded its reach. Gone are the ol’ school country artists like Willy Nelson, Johnny Cadh, Loretta Lynn, etc. who obviously had a huge “pure” country following and were very talented. But new country is very mixed. I think if more country fans watched the show it would have had better ratings! Vsey disappointed. I loved the show and was very invested in the characters. Maybe they needed… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I agree Rebecca–the last episode which aired last night was full of promise. Nashville is at its best when it focuses on the music, the new talent, etc. The gay stroyline involving Will is indeed intriguing, not to mention timely. Where Nashville went wrong was focusing too much on Rayan’s family, and namely, on her daughter Maddie. I also found Scarlett and her incoherent mumbling to be tiresome. But JJ was a star and he really deserves this series to carry on. I made a point of watching every Wednesday and I am greatly disappointed to hear AMC gave up… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Sorry, ABC, not AMC.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

su000, we agree again! 🙂

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

THIS country fan would have loved it IF it HAD catered to country music fans–they showcased songs, but not many were country OR outstanding.

Harry
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Harry

I just wanted to add that aside from GH and Y&R, I do not watch Network television. Nashville is the only nighttime, network programming I watch.
I am not a country music fan but some of the music on Nashville was so good it bypassed my aversion to country music. And it featured that gem of an actor, Jonathan Jackson.
I think this is a huge mistake and ABC ought to sign on for one more year.

Shay
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Shay

@Harry….As we discussed eons ago, the females really killed this show for me….especially Rayna and her daughters. Ditto for Scarlett….plus, even a little bit of Hayden P.’s character went a long way. I did enjoy the masterful Powers Boothe and should have liked a lot more of him, as well as an equal emphasis on the high-society aspect of Nashville, in addition to the music biz. I initially watched for Jonathan Jackson, and he certainly didn’t disappoint, nor did Chris Carmack….in fact, we should have had a double-serving of the latter! Twin Carmacks……one straight, one not….(Something for everyone!!!) and a… Read more »

Omar
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Omar

I am from NYC and I have not one country song on my music playlist, yet I still loved NASHVILLE..The ratings were low and show was always on the bubble and this year the show story telling was subpar, so not surprise that it got cancel I am happy that Lionsgate Television is shopping the show around and looking for a new home..There is still more story to be told on this show, just to give it the right ending..Wished ABC would have given it one more season, much like they did with REVENGE last year and what they will… Read more »

Jeannie
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Jeannie

Why are you doing this? The actors are phenomenol.I have enjoyed watching all four seasons. How are they going to wrap this up? There is so much up in the air right now. If ABC won’t keep it then perhaps another channel can pick it up. What a waste of excellent talent.

Sincerely,
Disgruntled Nashville Fan

Melissa
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Melissa

Sad to see this go. Loved the music and the actors. Wish they had given the new writing team a shot.

Keri
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Keri

So disappointed

Sal Corrente
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Sal Corrente

Horrible News I couldn’t be more disappointed.

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

Extremely Upset by the cancellation of Nashville. Great music, great actors, and riveting stories.

blake
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blake

I didn’t watch Nashville but that is really crappy to do to the cast, crew and fans. I know this isn’t the first time it’s happened but it’s still bad to do it right at the end of a season.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

This is very upsetting to me, this leaves only 1 abc show left f
for me. The only other shows I watch are cable and they are mid season shows. This show had great acting, stories and music. Not a country music fan, but enjoyef this.
Jonathan was the reason I starting watching and got hooked.
Sad day

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I am so mad Nashville is being canceled!!! It was just in TV guide recently it looked good for another season. Evidently, the new head at ABC does not know what he is doing and will be losing fans by canceling this show. It is not right that all the good shows are taken off and all the obnoxious shows are still on!! Very, very upset!!!!!!

Donna Dykema
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Donna Dykema

Nashville, one of my favorite shows, did not deserve to be cancelled. All of my friends are furious too. We have all agreed not to watch any new shows in the upcoming seasons that ABC introduces!

Phyllis
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Phyllis

So sad they are taking Nashville off. I stated watching from the first show. I have always loved country music and with all shows there has to be good stories and these fit today’s life. Good music, good actors, real stars, what’s not to like? PLEASE don’t put another reality show in that slot!!!! Keep the great show everyone is already invested in

Andrew
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Andrew

I am not surprised, by this news at all. Nashville was a good show, but the last 2 seasons. The show went down hill. Nashville never had good ratings, it was always on the bubble. GH need to call Jonathan Jackson and let him come back as Lucky Spencer

Shay
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Shay

I never got into this particular show and its cast, so I personally couldn’t believe it lasted as long as it did, Andrew, but I do love Jonathan Jackson, and I hope he shall be available for at least some limited appearances as GH’s Lucky now that he is no longer “stuck” in Nashville!!!! That would be wonderful news, indeed!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

I tried watching it but lost interest fast! Same with “Blood and Oil’, love Don Johnson but the show was horrific! But anyway, I hope JJ comes through Port Charles for a stint maybe in August or November? Comes in and straightens out Nicholas and him and Liz get to gettin! Who knows, I love Kimberly McCullough to but am less than excited when these vets roll in and say hello and then vanish again for a year or two! Plus, I cannot see JJ coming back unless the Lukinator would mysteriously appear out of the mist! Maybe they ALL… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Shay, you may have found the silver lining.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Come on home, Lucky–what a great boon that would be for Genie Francis who was sad when you left for the FIRST time. You can make beautiful “music” with Laura, your mother!

CarmenG
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CarmenG

Just saw Nashville at Madison Square Garden. Unbelievable how talented and committed the stars are and the fans. I am terribly disappointed in ABC. Netflix: are you hearing us?

Gina
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Gina

Nashville, is one of my favorite shows they talk about the great lead up to it but I myself only start watching when Nashville comes on that’s right at 10pm. Big huge gigantic mistake ABC you think your ratings are low now keep it up …you will have NO rating you screwed up daytime tv and are doing a great job with nighttime ratings …I HATE reality television. Put Nashville back on you fools!!

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

So extremely disappointed that Nashville has been cancelled. ABC did it again to loyal fans of this show. Hope what ever they put on next season on Wednesday at 10PM is worth losing even more viewers.

JK
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JK

ISNT IT TIME FOR ALL OF US TO CANCEL ABC???? THIS WAS A GREAT SHOW,EXCELLENT ACTORS AND A SHOIW THAT WASNT SOME NOT-EVEN FUNNY COMEDY…. STOP WATCHING ABC, AND STOP BUYING THE SPONSORS PRODUCTS!!!!

nancy
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nancy

I love this show!!! What is wrong with you people????? I’ve had it with ABC. no reason to watch now.

Patty
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Patty

I am so upset it was a great show, aby take some lessons from OWN. They have and develop great soaps at night. Alol u doing is cancelling, like AMC & OLTL. I hardly watch you except for 3 shows, so sad.

lindsay
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lindsay

This was such a fluid show…I have all the soundtracks too! The topics and music are needed on network TV. In a storm of horrible reality shows, we need scripted shows with relative content. Going to miss this series!

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

Nashville was my favorite drama in the last four years on primetime TV. They had great actors and great characters and they all will be missed. I am so sad to see it is ending but wasn’t surprised given they’ve been under a 1.0 for all of the 2016 episodes but I blame the network for this more than anything. They except these shows to pull in decent ratings with the live airing every Wed night but they make the show available on way too many devices and that doesn’t give the viewer any reason to tune in for the… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

Absolutely gutted, another soap gone!!! 🙁

Not sure what the hell I’ll be watching next year, CSI Cyber, The Family, Mike and Molly, Nashville all gone.

Colleen
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Colleen

Now possibly Jonathan Jackson might return to the role of Lucky Spencer on GH

Jeanne
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Jeanne

The music on Nashville is outstanding. Sam Palladio and Claire Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Charles Esten, Connie, Hayden, Chris, Will, Aubrey…….SO MUCH TALENT and we won’t be seeing them on the show anymore. I am really BUMMED!!

Luckybx
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Luckybx

Aww, sorry to hear that (devilish grin). Come on home Lucky!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Maybe Enation perform at the Nurses Ball?

Shay
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Shay

Well, maybe NEXT year, Timmm!!! I just want to see Lucky again….even without Luke!!!! Furthermore, someone needs to go looking for Laura since she’s been MIA since having the longest meal in the history of soap operas!

Susan Tronerud
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Susan Tronerud

I find it hard to believe that ABC would cancel such an outstanding show with such outstanding actors and acting. The music has been wonderful and well loved by almost all the people I have spoken to. If there is any possible way that it can continue to be renewed it would make a lot of
people very happy. We look forward to each and every episode. Johnathon Jackson is an amazing actor as all the others. I really hope that ABC will reconsider this decision!!!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

NASHVILLE had its faults and dealt with offstage situations — network-demanded changes, actors’ personal concerns — that made it an exercise in fits and starts. Still… it was well produced, well acted (talents old and new), so strong with its music.

ABC should have given the show a fifth season with a renewed push through the summer. Another case of missed opportunities.

Susan Tronerud
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Susan Tronerud

Please reconsider the decision to cancel Nashville. Everyone I know looks forward to each and episode. The music and story is wonderful. If there is any way to reconsider please do.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I would be surprised if Jonathan went backwards Harry. He’s into his Nashville life, his band and Nashville the show incorporated everything for him…music, acting and the town. No silver lining here…his return to GH wouldn’t make up for losing the show. I’d rather see Avery than Cowboy… another one bites the dust.

Rodd
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Rodd

As with every series, it had its ups and downs, but I really liked this show and will miss it. The acting was always interesting and I grew to care about the characters. A lot of the stories went off track this past season but I always believed they’d get back on track.

Best wishes to the cast and crew in their future endeavors!

tml
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tml

I do think we should all boycott ABC and their sponsors. It’s not like they have any show worth watching now anyway. What the CHEW? I will not watch anything in the time slots my two favorite soaps held forever! They have not successfully filled their afternoon time slots after that first fatal mistake. I really could not give a hoot about ABC as they obviously do not care about the very fans that support them. BOO!

Coco
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Coco

I’m very sadden to see Nashville go. I was getting to know country music and like what I heard from the performers singing , now I will be lost again. Why can’t ABC cancel The Bachelorette and the Bachelor
Stuck On Stupid show. Neither show has any substantial important value, both shows are trashy and therefore, should be cancelled. Bring Nashville back it does have family value.

R L Jackson
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R L Jackson

We want Nashville back!! Can you let ABC know they messed this one up? Thanks!

Tommy Burke
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Tommy Burke

Bring Jonathan Jackson back to General Hospital !!!!! He ROCKS !!!!

Angela Giambrone
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Angela Giambrone

I LOVE LOVE that program It seems you cancel every show I like Guess I will have to keep changing channels Very disappointed with you ABC

Shawna
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Shawna

I’m so sad to see this go! One of my favorites.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

There’s a petition to save Nashville. I signed it. It’s worth a try…

Debbie
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Debbie

where, I’ll sign it

Debbie
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Debbie

I am so disappointed about the cancellation, this is my favorite night time show on ABC and this just breaks my heart, I loved the story lines, the music and everything about the show, after the shows final I won’t be watching much of ABC any more, just the one daytime soap I still watch and have been for years that’s it, I pray ABC changes their minds, cause so many of us fans love Nashville,

General Hospital

GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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