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

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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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diane
diane

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

Harry
Harry

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!

diane
diane

Dallas has the same problem with TNT, no promotion.

su0000
su0000

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..

Tali
Tali

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.

vinman
vinman

Was awesome….cliffhanger ‘ s delight ;).

Harry
Harry

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?

rebecca1
rebecca1

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!

Harry
Harry

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.

rebecca1
rebecca1

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…

shrona
shrona

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.

rebecca1
rebecca1

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. :/

su0000
su0000

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

Harry
Harry

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

rebecca1
rebecca1

harry…lol.

Tali
Tali

Love this show!

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NASHVILLE: The Penultimate Episode Leaves Relationships On The Edge

How apropos was the title of last night’s second to last episode of Nashville. Titled:  “I Don’t Want To Lose You” that is how we felt as all the stories and the romance head toward the climatic series conclusion next week.  This show, to us, has always been this diamond in the rough, and now it’s almost time to say goodbye.  But before we do much needs to be resolved, or unresolved.

Here’s what went down:  Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is secretly pregnant!  Yup, she tells her friend, Hallie that she does not want to tell Avery (Jonathan Jackson), because he is a good man and would come back to her for the sake of the baby, not for her.  And in another bombshell, she reveals during an on-camera press conference that she is going to continue to fight to bring down the “cult” that held her against her will and others, and … wait for it. .. she is retiring from show business!  Avery is shocked to learn this while seeing the press conference on TV.  Meanwhile,  he meets up with Alannah (Rainee Blake) where they kiss, but he also witnessed awkward moments between her and her skivvy music executive, Brad (Jeff Nordling).  Later she is flirty with Brad, but what is really going on?  In a conversation that the audience can not hear, Alannah meets up with Deacon (Charles Esten) to tell him something major.  He reacts shocked and upset.  So, what is Alannah up to?  Is she trying to get the goods on Brad for sexual harassment, or is something else at play?

Later, Avery and Juliette come together after a medical scare for Cadence.  Their daughter is rushed to the hospital with a 104 fever, which turns out to be pneumonia, but she is stable. That moment brings the stat-crossed lovers together in a tender moment, but will they finally get back together once and for all?

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Scarlett (Claire Bowen) and Sean (Jake Etheridge) organize a benefit to save the ranch.  Sean’s wife has had it with Scarlett, because Sean’s mental state has improved since knowing her.  Gunnar (Sam Palladio) has writer’s block, and Will (Chris Carmack) is more than willing to help him out of it.  It’s soooo apparent to us that Will has a thing for Gunnar, and doesn’t Gunnar really for Will?  Would Nashville go there in their series finale …  or will it just end up being Gunnar and Scarlett who profess their love for one another for the 100th time?  After receiving advice from Steve Earle, who makes a guest appearance, Gunnar receives inspiration and a new rocker side of him emerges and is on display at the benefit concert.  Then, Sean and Scarlett sing together.  Later, he kisses her, as his wife is leaving him for good.  Scarlett turns him away and tells him to go back to his wife. He does.

After Maddie (Lennon Stella) challenges Twig to leave Jonah’s clutches once and for all, he does, but not after being ridiculed to the fullest by the snobby pop star.  After Twig reveals to Maddie he quit being Jonah’s flunky, they kiss!

After the benefit concert, Deacon, Maddie, Daphne (Maisy Stella) and Gideon  (Ronny Cox) leave the benefit concert together.  Daphne does not want to ride with Gideon if he is the driver, because she knows he has been drinking.  Good ole’ Deke figures it out and goes into his father’s car and finds the bottle of bourbon after looking at all the “hiding places” that Deacon knows himself all too well.  He then blasts his father: I knew it. I knew you were lying to me,”  He then ends their relationship by shouting: “You’re not my father.”

So, what was your favorite part of last night’s Nashville? Are you ready to see how it all ends in the series finale next Thursday night on CMT? Comment below.

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Jonathan Jackson Talks Avery’s Love Quandary, Saying Goodbye To ‘Nashville’ & If He Would Return To General Hospital

With just three weeks before the series finale of CMT’s Nashville, Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson) finds himself in a major conundrum.  The woman he has loved and had a child with, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panetierre) has returned home after escaping a cult compound, just as Avery has opened himself up to the start of a new relationship with Alannah (Rainee Blake).  After not hearing from Juliette, added to the many times he felt she abandoned him and their child, will a betrayed and hurt Avery want to find a way to patch up their relationship … or try to keep Alannah by his side?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson to get the lowdown on what transpired over the last few episodes and how it may end for Avery, as we inch closer and closer to having to say farewell to the Music City drama.

Since Nashville wrapped its sixth and final season a few months back, General Hospital fans have been wondering and hoping, if now is the time that Jackson would return to his role as the beloved Lucky Spencer, the son of Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis). Jackson originated the role in 1993 and stayed with the series till 1999.  He next returned in 2009 for a few years, then left again, and was cast on Nashville.  Jonathan made a special return in 2015 to appear in a storyline that reunited him on-screen with Geary one final time, before the soap icon retired from the show.  In this interview, Jackson addresses a return, some of his favorite moments of all-time on GH, what he learned from Tony and Genie, and more.

Those that follow Jackson are aware that his talent knows no bounds.  He is also focused on his music career, and his band Enation, which has been building on its success, playing recent sold out shows in Europe, while Jackson also had been on the final Nashville tour performing with the cast.  So, buckle up!  The next step in Jackson’s career will be one to watch.  Now, check out our insightful and heartfelt conversation below.

Avery is caught in a compromising position by Juliette, when she walks in while Avery is making out with Alannah, who has just has taken her top off.   What goes on in Avery’s mind at that point?  Is it, “Oh, no! I’m busted!” (Laughs)

JONATHAN:  It’s all sorts of things.  There is the visceral reaction, and then in his mind trying to figure what to do.  It’s sort of awkward, because they are in her house and her photos are everywhere (Laughs).  However clumsily and strange it is, he is trying to move on and get a life together with someone, and yet deep down he still has feeling for Juliette, which is mixed with anger and all of that.  He is having all different confusing conflicting emotions, all at the same time, and for Alannah as well.  It’s kind of a mess!

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By the end of this week’s episode, viewers saw Avery and Juliette start to talk, with Avery letting her know just how he feels about her leaving him, and that he has decided to move out.  All Juliette is asking is that he keeps talking to her.  As Nashville moves toward its conclusion, the big question for the character of Avery will be … who is he going to end up with, if anyone?  I would assume many longtime fans would be rooting for Avery and Juliette, because they have gone through so much together.

JONATHAN:  Yes.  However, I have been receiving messages from fans, and talking to fans on tour, and they are slightly conflicted, too.  There is a lot of love for Avery and Juliette, but there is also frustration around the whole thing, and that they want Avery to move on and be happy. 

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Where is Avery at with his relationship with Alannah?  He was getting close to her, and now she is attempting to put distance between them since Juliette resurfaced.

JONATHAN:  It’s difficult to pinpoint where Avery is at right at this moment.  There is a lot going on, and a lot of it is rooted in the fact that he went to Bolivia to try and bring Juliette home, and when she refused him that was so devastating for him.  The Alannah relationship snuck up on him. In some sense his heart is still attached to Juliette, but his mind is telling him it’s over, and that she is gone.  Avery and Alannah are connected to each other on a certain level.  It surprised both of them.  I think he has genuine feelings for her, but it’s also him pushing himself to move on from Juliette, which is something he has not been able to do.

Without Alannah, the band flounders with Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Avery, and then there is the health situation with Will (Chris Carmack).  Alannah’s presence really put a kink in Gunnar and Avery’s friendship.  She stared out with one guy, and was on her way to being with another.

JONATHAN:  Gunnar and Avery are really good friends and care about each other a lot, and it is certainly an awkward moment in their friendship.   In terms of the band, they lose Will who has been through this health crisis, and then Alannah.  The music components are kind of imploding and they are just trying to hold on to their friendship, and not have that implode along with the band.

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Brad (Jeff Nordling) is making advances towards Alannah, and she originally tells Avery about it.  What does he think of the situation?  Now, she may do whatever Jeff wants her to do to get ahead in the music biz, since Juliette came back into Avery’s life.

JONATHAN:  I think Avery is trying to be supportive of Alannah.  It was a little bit of a blow for her to leave the band, but he generally wants to support her.  Avery has this instinct to be protective, as well.  He kind of has to hold himself back a little bit and not complain too much. He knows Alannah is an independent person, and may not want his help.  With the situation with Brad, Avery is aware of it, but she is walking into that in her own way.  It’s a moment for Avery to sort of step back and trust her that this is how she wants to go about her career.

Did you know Rainee Blake was going to be your potential love interest this season? Did you screen-test with her?

JONATHAN:  We did not screen-test together.  I think relatively earlier on I heard that this might happen, but it is one of those things were you never really know.  Often times, the writers and the producers bide their time and see how things develop as a couple, and how the audience responds to the on-screen chemistry.  You never really know if it’s going to materialize.  I actually did like how Avery and Alannah started to connect on the tour bus several episodes ago. The audience got a tease of a different side of Alannah, and Avery kind of brought that out.  Rainee was great to work with.

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You have gotten the opportunity as Avery to tug on the heartstrings, as a dad raising his little girl, Cadence, all by himself, with a the runaway mother who never shows up.  How was the journey working with Hayden Panetierre?  You two had to battle, bicker, fight, and had to play all these ups and downs together to make the story work over many seasons of Nashville.

JONATHAN:   It was really amazing, and for me that is one of the things I will miss most about working on the show, and that is working with Hayden.  It’s such an interesting thing when you work with people for so many years, and all of the emotional ups and downs that the characters go through.  Often times, we would be doing a lot of intense and emotional scenes, but for whatever reason, we would find a way to have a lot of fun and find the humor when we are doing those.  I have a lot of love and respect for Hayden.  I think she is incredibly talented. We both started off in soap operas (Hayden was Lizzie on Guiding Light) and thus had a certain approach to our work, and our work ethic.  For me, it’s always a highlight in my career when I get to work with somebody that the scene is already great, because of the person you are working with.  We would constantly share ideas back and forth between us.  The thing about working on Nashville was the friendships we developed in the cast, especially going on tour with the cast and to experience all of that with everybody else.

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What happened when you found out that this sixth and final season of Nashville would be its last?  Did you have any idea that this was coming down the pike when you wrapped season 5? 

JONATHAN:  No.  I don’t think anybody knew when we wrapped season 5.  We did not know till right before everybody else that this was going to be the last season.  We were in production maybe halfway through season 6.  I think that it helped having that time to adjust, and it gave us some time for reflection.  It really did help in a sense, because you know other shows they might wrap a month, or two later, and it’s over.  You don’t get to say goodbye, but we really did.  We got to say our goodbyes.

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I can imagine that was heartbreaking.  When you think of the rollercoaster ride you and the cast had been through together which included: the cancellation by ABC, then the show coming back on CMT, only for it to be cancelled again, it’s quite a lot to deal with and not knowing if there is job security.  Do you recall your last day on the set?

JONATHAN:  I do remember it very well.  There were a lot of beautiful moments with people, and having so much love for the crew and so many amazing people that worked on the show.  We wrapped on April 10th and then we flew to the U.K. on the 12th   It was two days later that the tour started.  Even though filming was over, we were on a plane and then on a bus together, which was really good for all of us.  I know it was for me to have another ending.  In some ways, the end of the tour was even more emotional, because that really felt it was the end.

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Do you think there were more stories to tell on Nashville … or, do you think the series is going off the air when it should, as the stories can tend to get repetitive on any long-running series? Do you think this was the right time for Nashville to say goodbye?

JONATHAN:  I don’t know how other people’s perspectives are about it, but I know from my perspective, I think we told the story that was there to be told for these characters.  That is sort of the bittersweet reality of it.  It’s painful to say goodbye to a lot of people that I had become very close to, but at the same time, there was a sense of peace about it.  It really did feel like the right time.

What can you say tease about how Nashville concludes? The series finale airs on July 26.

JONATHAN:  One of the hardest things about being in a long form series; whether it be in the primetime format, or the daytime format, is often times the lack of resolution that takes place. You are pertually in Act 2 and in all the drama.  So, knowing that the show was over, allowed the writers to approach everything from the perspective of the end, and Act 3.  Certain storylines have resolution, and others are left open-ended.  There is a good overall balance from the writers of what the audience is going to experience with the end of the show.

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I produced the General Hospital 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys.  I remember looking at some of your storylines and touching performances all over again that still hold up to this day.  One in particular was Lucky pulling tough love on Luke (Tony Geary) during his father’s intervention.  Lucky is such a valuable character on the canvas.  Would you consider going back to GH? 

JONATHAN:  My perspective on that is; I don’t really put that off the table.  I really don’t have plans to do that, because after coming off six years on a series, that is a lot.  I am definitely looking for other projects that have an Act 1, 2, and 3, that happen a little sooner than Nashville did.  I always have going back to GH on the table, because it’s like a family for me.  I have always said that that even when I left in the 90’s; that GH would be something I would come back to.  But, I am very committed and excited about what is happening with Enation, and excited about some other projects that are out there on the acting front. I don’t see going back to GH in the near future, but I never write it off.

When you last returned you did come back to be part of Tony Geary’s exit.

JONATHAN: Yes, yes, which I was really happy to be a part of.

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Still years later, when you think of all the stories you portrayed as Lucky, is there one, or two that stand out to you among the rest?

JONATHAN:   There are many.  There were a lot of stories, and the writers wrote so much material, and that is a double-edged sword.  It’s great to have, but it was so much that I really couldn’t continue. (Laughs)

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I remember saying to you years ago, “You cry so well on camera. They are going to keep expecting you to cry, and they will be throwing scripts like that to you every day!”

JONATHAN:  And that is exactly what happened!   But for me, it’s the moments with the co-stars that I will always carry with me.  There are endless ones in my memory with Tony Geary. “The intervention” was certainly one of those moments.  I had those moments as well with Tyler Christopher (Ex-Nikolas, now Stefan, DAYS), and Becky Herbst (Elizabeth).  I remember having these scenes with Maurice Benard (Sonny) when scenes on the soaps were much longer.  And of course, earlier on, with Genie Francis (Laura) as well.  I feel like as an artist, I was really formed by Tony and Genie’s presence and observing them and watching how they worked.  I asked so many questions to them as I really wanted to learn.  They really protected me in so many ways, and yet gave me the freedom to try to find my own way through a whole process as well.  Those are the things that really jump out at me, as well as working through the scenes prior to filming, especially with Tony.  He and I would go pretty deep with what we were trying to figure out; what the scenes were, and what they were about, and how to approach it.  That part of the process was really memorable to me.  The unique thing I think in this industry for me was that I started at 11-years-old and got to come back to the show in my mid-20’s, and got to have that connection with another actor, and explore this father and son relationship.

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I don’t think, and I really mean this, that there has been a father/son relationship on television like Luke and Lucky’s.   It was so multi-faceted.   Have you stayed in touch with Tony?

JONATHAN:  We definitely stay in touch.  Again, when I left General Hospital, I did not know if anything like that would happen again in my career where I would form sort of long-lasting friendships with people.  Most of the time you do a film and you get to know some people, and you go your separate ways, and that’s just how it is.  So I was really grateful for Nashville, because I feel like we were able to have those long-lasting relationships. I can’t really put into words my relationship with Tony.  It’s just a lot of love and gratitude, and respect that I have for him.

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Meanwhile, your music career is very exciting of late.  Last month, you played the Royal Albert Hall in London with your band, Enation.  How was that experience?

JONATHAN:  It was amazing.  I went overseas with the Nashville tour and then Enation did a couple of shows, and then we opened for Echo & the Bunnymen.  The last gig on that tour was at Royal Albert Hall.  I have loved Echo & the Bunnymen for such a long time, and so this was wonderful for us.

Will Enation be touring more coming up?  

JONATHAN:  We are looking to go back to Europe later this year, or the spring of next year, and are working out those details.  We are going to be touring in the United States later on this year.

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Did your wife Lisa (Ex-Hannah, GH) meet up with you on this recent European tour?

JONATHAN: The Nashville tour ended in Ireland, and then my wife and kids came over for the last two shows there. Then, got to go around Ireland for a couple of weeks and drive around, and it was fun.

Did you notice a difference between the European music fans of Nashville as opposed to those in the U.S.?

JONATHAN:  Yes, and no.  One of the things I have noticed playing over there is that the distinction in musical genres isn’t quite as a sharp as it is in the U.S.  Over there, the radio seems to play a lot different kinds of music.  So, it was a pretty seamless transition for a lot of the people that came to the Nashville show.   We see a slight difference in the music fan base, and it mainly has to do with that they may go to a country show one week, and a couple of weeks later go to a rock concert, and not think twice about the genre.  It’s just they are looking for good music.

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Hard to believe we are turning the page on another great character played by Jonathan Jackson as Nashville heads towards its finale.  What would you like to say to the fans, the #Nashies, who have loved, and have stuck with show every step of the way?

JONATHAN:  Just a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for all the support, especially when the show was cancelled.  CMT saw the enthusiasm and support from the fans here and internationally, and that was a huge part for us to be able to get the last few seasons.  It has really meant a lot to us creatively to write that 3rd act, sort of speak, and have that sense of closure. I also would just say to the fans that have come out to the Nashville concerts as well, that it has meant so much.  We feel like we have had some beautiful moments with everybody, and so I am very grateful for that.

So, what do you think will happen to Avery at the end of Nashville?  Do you want him to end up with Juliette, Alannah, or by himself? Should GH try to lure Jonathan back to the his role as Lucky Spencer? Comment below!

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NASHVILLE Midseason Premiere: You Gotta Have Heart

On Thursday night’s Nashville midseason premiere: heartache, heartbreak, and heart damage were the order of the day.  Through the hour episode, the Nashville men took front and center stage through their emotional songs and their dramatic turns.  

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We pick up right after Will (Chris Carmack) is rushed to the hospital after collapsing during The Chew performance in New York.  Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Alannah (Rainee Blake) learn from the doctor that their friend and bandmate is suffering from none other than a heart infection. The physician says, “Are any of you aware that he was using needles, injecting steroids?” Avery (Jonathan Jackson), and Alannah are stunned while Gunnar reveals that he knew about Will injecting himself once.  When Avery and Gunnar go visit Will in his hospital room, Gunnar is mad because he thinks it is “stupid” that Will did this to himself.

Will, as usual, sloughs it off and apologizes. But things don’t look good for Will. The doctor tells the country star to take it easy, and that he might need surgery, because there is something going on in his mitral valve in his heart. Will receives bad news; that he can’t play concerts or perform anytime soon.

When the news spreads through Nashville that Will has survived this heart scare, none other than Zach (Cameron Scoggins), Will’s ex, surprises him when Will is at home resting.  Zach gets a clue that Will’s steroid use may have something to do with the good-looking trainer, Mark, who he flaunted in front of his face when the two of them broke up.  As the two of them kind of flirt with each other, Zach mentions that Mark and him broke up, leaving a possible window of hope that Zach and Will might get back together again.  

Scarlett (Clare Bowen), who sees that Will is feeling sorry for himself, gives him a notebook and a pen and tells him to try to write a song about his feelings, even though Will protests that he is a showman, not a songwriter. But of course, in true Nashville fashion, Will comes up with an emotional song by the end of the episode, sung and played to perfection by Carmack.

As for Avery, is there anything cuter than Avery with his young daughter Cadence, while MIA mother Juliette (Hayden Panetierre) has once again put him in a position where he’s raising this child all by himself?  Meanwhile Alannah, who has slept with Gunnar, is very attracted to Avery. 

One night, after it appears that she hit the sack with Gunnar, she goes over to Avery’s to hang out for some drinking … dancing … and talking.  It is apparent that Avery enjoys her company, and she is clearly into him. Nothing happens between them.  They both fall asleep separately in the living room, and the next morning Avery thanks her for her support. 

However, a tabloid photo surfaces on Gunnar’s phone that says there’s a woman sneaking out of Avery’s house. When he sees that it is none other than Alannah, Gunnar is livid! He heads over to a rehearsal begging for a fight. They don’t have a fight, but instead, Gunnar gets hit in the nose by the band member’s guitar. The way it looks to us, maybe, just maybe, Gunnar and Will, who have been good friends, even though Gunnar hasn’t slept with a guy that maybe, just maybe, they could end up together?  After all, Gunnar and Will did kiss that one time.  Is this just wishful thinking, or could Nashville go down this road before its series finale?

As for Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), who has been the epicenter of the show, since Connie Britton has departed, he has gotten himself caught in the middle and involved with Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday) and her ex, Brad (Jeff Nordling). Brad is suing Jessie for full custody of their son. Deacon’s past of alcohol abuse and and fights don’t look good for them, and it’s tearing this possible new love affair apart.  Later, Jessie and Deacon profess they don’t want to lose each other.

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However, the most poignant moment of the show happened when Maddie (Lennon Stella), who knocked back some booze during Jonah’s birthday week, showed up back at Deacon and Rayna’s home.  She’s defiant, and she wants to move out.  Deacon notices that she’s drinking water, looking dehydrated like she’s hungover from alcohol. 

He confronts her and says, “What the heck were you thinking?” She screams that she’s an adult, and she’s 18.  He says, “Not in this house you’re not!” She fires back, “Maybe I should move out!” As they’re both crying, and they begin to calm down. Deacon is fearful that he could pass the addiction gene of alcohol onto his daughter.  He reflects on how he lost so many years with Rayna, and so many years with his daughter, and that he doesn’t want Maddie to make the same mistakes as he did.

At the end of the episode, seeing how her sister, Daphne (Maisy Stella) is broken up over the fact that she doesn’t want Maddie to move out, she ends up in bed hanging out with her dad and her sister, and they hug it out now she’s going to stay, and not leave the nest.

So, what did you think about midseason premiere of Nashville?  Did it have a lot of heart? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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