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NASHVILLE Renewal Still In Limbo! Tax Credit & Episode Order Issues Need Resolution!

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Fans of ABC’s Nashville have been hoping that they would get good news that the series will be back for its third season, since many of the dramas on the network got their renewal pick-ups yesterday.

However, news throughout the day from Deadline.com reveals that the fate of the show is still in limbo!  The first issue was heard via rumblings that indicated the show would be picked-up, but the number of episodes in the order was a sticking point, because 13 episodes is highly expensive for the show to produce for Lionsgate, the co-producers of the series.

Later today, it seems that some numbers crunching was going on between ABC Studios and Lionsgate which has to do with  focusing on the Tennessee tax credit issues, since the series films in Nashville, which have to be worked out for the series to get a formal renewal.

Deadline went on to elaborate: “Tennessee had a generous tax breaks for Nashville that have been trimmed, leaving the producers of the show with a big budget hole to fill. Tennessee committed $12.5 million to Nashville for the 2013-14 fiscal year in a package created outside the normal incentive program — a cost weighed against the estimated $40 million in economic impact the show was generating for the state. The ABC series was initially slated to get $6 million for 2014-2015, but the final budget passed by the legislature cut that amount by two-thirds. Talks are underway on several fronts to try to continue to produce the show without taking it out of Nashville where it belongs. Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development had previously said of the show, ‘You’re not only getting the 20-plus episodes per season, every advertisement and preview for the TV show is essentially advertising Nashville.’ And yes, the goal is to get to 22 episodes.”

On-Air On-Soaps had previously reported last week that the series maybe was looking for other cities such as in Texas to shoot the show if need be.

So, what do you think? Will Nashville gets its pick-up?  Weigh-in!

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I do think Nashville will get renewed for another season but i could see ABC pushing it back to midseason or so.Plus then depending on how many episodes gets ordered the show could air them all in a row.

I hope it gets cancelled, I used to like Nashville now the show is boring. The ratings have really dropped to a record low. People have no interest in this show anymore.

I wish Revaluation would have been saved and Nashville gone ..

Ratings went down because as per usual ABC messed with breaks. A month off air always messes with people they don’t know when it starts again. It’s a unique show and should be renewed.

So glad Tennessee saw the diamond that Nashville is for their state and forked over some incentives. Love this show and so much better than any other show on ABC. Wait……Dancing with the Stars was also picked up, so I’ll be watching ABC on Monday & Wednesday evening. Looking forward to season #3!

I think Nashville is a marvelous show and I love all the performers and the singing is really great. I can’t understand how the producers can even consider cancelling this show. They need to cut money wherever they can – shoot episodes in more inexpensive towns, cut down on expensive costumes and anywhere they can reduce costs but please do not consider cancelling …I can’t wait for Wednesday to watch this show and hear all the wonderful songs and stories!! I’m a big fan of this show and don’t know what I would do without it. I don’t understand how the other stations can keep their great shows going and it seems like it’s always ABC that has to cancel awesome shows each season! Please, ABC, keep Nashville….your station needs it and so do the fans! Thank you very much. Shirley Miller

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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!”

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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 Tours.com to purchase.

With GH’s 60th anniversary just a few weeks away, do you wish somehow Jonathan Jackson was brought back just for even a little while to reprise his role as Lucky? Would you like to see the ‘Nashville’ tour here in the states? Comment below.

 

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Guiding Light

GL and ‘Nashville’ Alum Hayden Panettiere Loses Her Younger Brother Jansen at 28-Years-Old

Just devastating news to report on Monday evening.  Hayden Panettiere’s (ex-Lizzie, Guiding Light, ex-Juliette, Nashville) younger brother Jansen Panettiere has died at only 28-years-old.

According to TMZ,  Jansen died over the weekend in New York.  His cause of death is not available, but there was no foul play suspected in Jansen’s death.  Police responded to a call and came to a residence at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday where they found Jansen.

As with his sister, Jansen was deep into his acting career and was only five years younger than Hayden.

Throughout his career he appeared in Even Stevens, The X’sTiger CruiseRacing StripesThe Martial Arts Kid, The Walking Dead, Major Crimes, and the holiday film Love and Love Not.

Less than 3 weeks ago, Jansen shared an adorable picture on his Instagram with his hair being cut by his big sister, Hayden.

Jansen is survived by Hayden and their parents, Lesley Vogel and Skip Panettiere.

Send your love and condolences to Hayden and her family on the sudden passing of Jansen via the comment section below.

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