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NASHVILLE Midseason Finale: A Wedding, A Diagnosis, A Break-Up & An Overdose!


ABC’s Nashville has continually delivered amazing cliffhangers whenever it goes on its midseason break, or for its season finale.  On last night’s season three fall finale, there was much to talk about at the watercooler today!

First, Rayna James (Connie Britton) finally had her come to Jesus moment and decided literally right before her wedding to Luke Wheeler (Will Chase) to call it quits!  Yup, it’s curtains for Ruke.  Luke does not take it well, and goes postal when Rayna informs him of her decision when she realizes she has lost her way, and yeah, she kind of has to admit she is still not over Deacon!

And then there is poor Deacon (Charles Esten)!  After hanging out in Memphis with Scarlett (Claire Bowen) to stay away from the Ruke wedding frenzy in Nashville, Deacon gets upset when on the TV in the Karoke bar he catches a report on the big country music wedding with his ex!   Deacon tells Scarlett he doesn’t feel well, and leaves to go back to his hotel room.  He looks at all the booze in the room. and we think he’s going to fall off the wagon.  Later, Scarlett finds him unconscious on the floor.  Once in the hospital, the doctor informs the duo that their was no booze in his system, but they uncovered something much more serious.  Looks like good ole’ Deke might have liver cancer!  Of course, just as he later reveals to Scarlett he doesn’t want anyone to know, looks like Rayna is on her way to see him.

But there was a wedding, just not the one you were expecting! Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) and Avery (Jonathan Jackson) tied the knots in a simple quick out-of-the-blue ceremony as the embattled exes found their way back together and will raise their baby… together!

However, buddy Gunnar (Sam Palladio) did not have such a good night.  He found out he was duped!  After having DNA testing to prove he is the bio-father for a custody hearing against his ex-girlfriend’s parents over little Micah, it is revealed that it was his deceased brother who was the baby daddy, not Gunnar!  The shocked Gunnar turns to Scarlett for comfort after the revelation.

But, the darkest twists of the night belonged to reality couple in the closet Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) and bitter Layla (Audrey Peeples).  Seems that Layla, who has been a mess since learning Will is gay and being made a fool of on the reality series, has been hitting hard on record mogul Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson).   Will sees the duo getting cozy at this big bash they are all attending.  Will tells Jeff to break things off with Layla as she is falling hard for the guy, and he wants her on tour with her.   Jeff the tells Layla it’s over between them.  Layla is devastated.  Will ends up being hit on by another woman at the party, who after she throws in his face that she heard the rumors that he doesn’t like girls, the closeted man ends up having sex with her to which Layla happens upon.  After seeing that … it’s the final straw.  Layla overdoses on all the pills Jeff gave her, and combined with the booze, is found face-down in a pool.   Will tells Jeff to call 911, but instead Jeff calls Teddy (Eric Close) for help.

So, what did you think of last night’s Nashville? Which cliffhanger moment was your favorite?  Comment below!


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One of the best shows on tv right now!! Wish the ratings were better.

I did not know ratings were low. ABC doesn’t seem to be promoting it enough.
I often forget that it’s on and have to remind myself to watch.
It deserves better promotion!

Dallas has the same problem with TNT, no promotion.

I doubt it will be renewed, it’s on its last run..
There are no stories.. nothing to get involved in, actually..
It is mostly about the songs. People are entertained by music, then again Nashville would only attract mostly people who like country music and dull stories.
Season ending story was the best story of the year, and that is not a good thing ..
looking forward to its return..

Agree – Never see more than 1 or 2 promotions for the whole week. I watch every week tho’. Come on fans we need to support this, before ABC takes this soap off also. It’s my last ABC show I watch.

Was awesome….cliffhanger ‘ s delight ;).

Last night was good fun. I am so happy Julliette and Avery got married. I do wish Rayna had realized the wedding was a mistake a bit earlier but I guess if people acted like mature and responsible adults, there would be no drama.
I could have done without the child custody /DNA drama as I find it redundant and boring.
My prediction is someone we know is going to die and donate their liver to Deacon. Possibly Layla?

I LOVE this show and so hope it gets renewed. LOL…so upsetting that there’s no security in life…you even have to sweat it out to see if a show you love will come back!

i don’t know, Harry…I don’t think maturity had anything to do with Rayna’s decision or lack thereof. Many people don’t come to a decision until the pressure is on. I think she’s been trying so hard to deny her feelings for Deacon (Carly & Sonny ring a bell?) that she immersed herself in Luke. And, I actually think she loves Luke. Just as I believe she loved Teddy. But not that all-encompassing, deep love that she has for Deacon. Her desire to not fall back to him…out of fear of getting hurt again, propelled her toward accepting a life with Luke. But I think subliminally she knew where her heart truly lies. I kinda felt her angst; must be so difficult to have to make that decision. She had to break Luke’s heart (I always believed he truly loved her) and has to face public opinion. Yes, it would have been better sooner but her timing made sense to me.

I also differ with you on the custody arc. I love Gunnar…girly crush. 😉 So anything he’s involved in I enjoy. But aside from that, it was interesting to see him bond with his “son”, how it interfered with his relationship with Zoe and how it might possibly bring him back to Scarlett. I feel his pain; no family left, deep love for his deceased brother…now he’s hit twice. The boy he loves and thought was his son is not (saving grace…they’re still related) and his brother cheated on him with his girlfriend…so in essence that one’s a double betrayal. Redundant is the name of the game with all soaps…I guess it’s the execution we either like or don’t like.

I think you may be right about Layla’s liver. Hahahhaha…Might just be the title of a new Deacon song!

Rebecca, I love Nashville too. I just have to find something to quibble about because that’s just my way. I don’t think it should be cancelled–once you start watch it, you’re hooked. As I said before, ABC needs to start promoting it more as I often forget to watch it and invariably miss the first half of it. This night time drama could be a hit for them if they promoted it and programmed it accordingly.
Rayna is growing on me as she grows up but my favorites are Juliette and Avery. A lot of people express irritation about Scarlet but I just love her. I enjoyed the story which involved her helping and discovering the musical talent of that talented homeless man.
Deacon isn’t going any where so someone is going to give him their liver. Things did not look good for Layla–she was SUBMERGED with grief last time I saw her. poor girl! I really did feel sorry for her.
Jeff is the go to guy when someone is feeling suicidal and self destructive. He really is a mustache twitching villain. When Will told him to call 911, he calls his lawyer, who apparently is on Jeff’s speed dial. What a miserable little bastard.

Nice play on the ol’ “submerged” Harry! I wasn’t implying I thought you thought it should be cancelled…I was just saying that it got a shaky start in the ratings and renewal was up in the air. Then, if you remember they were thinking of filming it in another location instead of Nashville for budget reasons. So, it just concerns me because I truly love this show.

I agree with you. I like Scarlet a lot. From the beginning. I’d say my least favorite character…or the least interesting…is Teddy. Which is a shame because Eric Close is a good actor and quite good-looking…but they haven’t really given him any leading man stuff so he doesn’t come across as a contender…

I detested Layla when they introduced her. She was just obnoxious. As is becomeing the way with a lot of shows, once they’ve gotten the audience to actually like a character they kill them off!. Hope I’m wrong but it looks like Layal may get her fame from the aforementioned Layla’s Liver jingle and maybe a song of lament by hubby-in-name-only, Will…

Layla’s liver! Good call, Rebecca1! Though I wish it was Zoey’s liver- I find her character annoying and superfluous. As long as it’s SOMEBODY’S liver! I loved Charles Esten since Whose Line is It Anyway, and I refuse to lose him! I’m bummed about the DNA because I like Gunnar’s chemistry with Micah.

Why thank you shrona! 😉 Are you new to Michael’s site or perhaps we just post on different shows…

LOL…you’d rather Zoe kick the bucket? I had nothing against her but once again they really didn’t develop her character to a point where I cared. Or, maybe it was because I always wanted Scarlet and Gunnar back together so I subliminally resented her..

No doubt Deacon will reamain with us…

I agree about Gunnar but I think this is the catalyst to bring him back to Scarlet…and at least he’s the boy’s uncle. It’s not like he’s just some unknown guy’s son…there’s at least that relationship.

Finally, I always find a couple of typos, lol, when I reply…drives me nuts because there’s no edit button and I type quickly so (you too, Harry), please disregard spelling errors, etc. :/

That episode was good. finally something happened and it had only 2 short songs
(I knew from the gitgo there would be no wedding)

Well, you should have told Deacon. It would have saved him a lot of grief.


Love this show!


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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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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