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NASHVILLE Returns With Deacon and Rayna's Wedding! Connie Britton Says: "Both Characters Had Really Worked Through A Lot To Get To This Place."



Wednesday night, March 16th marks the return of ABC’s Nashville after it’s long midseason break. We ledt off with Deacon (Charles Esten) proposing to Rayna (Connie Britton) which she accepted, and the nuptials being set.

But tonight, beginning at 10PMET/9PMCT, it’s the wedding viewers have longed for between the duo.  Deacon and Rayna officially tie the knot, complete with captivating music performances by series regulars: Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Lennon Stella and Maisy Stella as well as cameos by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale portraying themselves.

According to ABC, also look for in the episode entitled: Forever, and for Always: “When the loving couple are ambushed by paparazzi after their intimate rehearsal dinner, Deacon’s hot-headed reaction casts a pall on the plans and forces a change of venue. Meanwhile, wedding guest Avery (Jonathan Jackson) is struggling to keep up with the lies Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is forcing him to message to press in her absence.”

As to her thoughts on the “I do’s”,  series star and executive producer, Connie Britton told TV Line: “There were definitely moments that we (Charles and Connie) wanted to try to capture. To both of us, I know, it was really important to capture the idea that this was a long time coming and both characters had really worked through a lot to get to this place. There was something very special about that.”

But Britton also felt there should have perhaps been more time, between the proposal and the actual wedding: “I mean, in my opinion, I think we could have actually drawn it out longer and made even more of a build-up to the wedding … but I thought it was great that they finally did it!”

So, will you be watching tonight’s wedding between Deacon and Rayna? Do you think the walk down the aisle is too fast, or was well worth the wait, and now you are glad the star-crossed duo are getting hitched?  Are you concerned that the Music City drama is still sitting on the bubble for being renewed for another season? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Absolutely I will be warching tonight. It feels like forever since its been on. I love that Rayna and Deacon are finally getting married. Is it too soon.? Should there be more time watching them grow and build? Either way we know this marriage is going to rock all marriages but there will be huge fights, breakups, make ups and long stretches of just plain lovin. Cheers to Rayna and Deacon

I love this show but fear, with the corporate changes at ABC, this is the beginning of the end.

Definately watching. Word is since they get revenue from downloaded songs it’s still profitable for the network. Hope so. Great show!

I was excited about Nashville finally coming back after a way too long mid season recess but was incredibly disappointed with this episode.
The problem with Nashville is that it seems predicated upon its weakest link–Rayna and her family. Rayna is boring and so is her family. Deacon is at his most interesting when away from Rayna but when he is with her, these two go into repeat cycle.
The most interesting characters are the ones who are backburned. The only way Nashville can save itself is to steer away from Rayna and her boring family and focus on the young talent. Sorry, but I speak the truth

My wife and I love “Nashville”. I wish there were a couple more primetime soaps like it. In fact, I would love to see a half hour soap ABC soap spin off. They could easily spin off the characters that Michael Lowry and Scott Reeves play on the show. These actors have daytime experience and a good fan following. I know- keep dreaming 🙂


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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