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NASHVILLE Season Two: Will To Stay In The Closet, Avery More Likeable, Juliette Gets A New Rival!

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Tonight, the wait is over for fans of the nighttime soap opera and musical drama series, Nashville, when it returns for an all-new second season at 10PMEST/PST  on ABC! When we last left the folks in Nashville, Rayna  (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten) were in a car crash, Gunnar (Sam Palladio) had proposed to Scarlett (Claire Bowen), and Juliette was reeling from her mother’s death!

Now EW.com is giving fans a list of ten things to look forward to in season two direct from the mouths of executive producer Dee Johnson, and series star, Hayden Panettiere (Juliette).  And while you have to check out the entire top ten, here are  three that stood out to us!

Singer/songwriter Will (Chris Carmack) will continue to be in the closet! “He is going to try really, really hard — harder than maybe anybody has ever tried –to sublimate a part of his personality that he presumes will be an obstacle to his stardom.  Will we see that guy who clocked Will at the bar again? ‘You can run, but you can’t hide, right?’Johnson related.

Avery (Jonathan Jackson) will be a character who will be come more likable this time out:  “He comes into the season, I think, with a truer sense of who he is and what he wants. He and Juliette kind of embark on a friendship,” Johnson says. “That’s as much as I’ll say about that.”  Panettiere adds, “The thing with Juliette is she’s been through so many relationships that it’s gotta be really different this time. It’s gotta mean something more. And it’s gotta be built up over time. I think they genuinely are going to have a beautiful, much-needed relationship.”

Juliette will get a taste of her own medicine when a younger rival hits the Nashville scene:  “We’ll soon meet new label mate Layla (Aubrey Peeples), the runner-up of a reality TV competition — who’s from the Northeast. I think that from somebody like Juliette’s perspective, she just sort of dropped in with a parachute and is suddenly at the top of the charts. What’s so great is that you can see the same sort of feisty, fiery Juliette but in a much more justifiable way,” says Johnson.

So are you looking forward to the closeted country & western singer, a new rival for Juliette, and Avery and Juliette getting closer in season 2? Weigh-in below!

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nashville is most probably going to lecture audience abt gay issues and tolerance for gays only once will comes out of closet. How many rehashed storylines abt coming out of closet does hollywood have to churn out on tv shows? Bec hollywood advocates tolerance for gays only. No new chars who are Asian american on nashville though. Typical failure from abc tv shows. They only cast Asian american women if char’s a dork like Asian american actress on rebel’s new sitcom and if char’s a martial arts expert like ming na on shield. Only stereotypical roles from “tolerant/classy” hollywood for Asian american actresses.

Johnny
Johnny

You even turn THIS into an Asian American rant? Even if EVERY show you watch hired Margaret Cho you would not be happy! Enough already!

Johnny
Johnny

How many Asian country music singers do you see burning up the charts? And to clarify…I have nothing against Asians! It just gets very tiresome that this person has nothong else to say about ANY topic on here..its always about discriminating against Asians!

nickel1964
nickel1964

Just out of curiosity, are there that many Asian-Americans even IN Nashville? And as for being closeted, I live in the south and homosexuality isn’t nearly as accepted down here as it is in the rest of the country. I don’t like that, but it’s a fact I won’t deny, either. So it makes perfect sense that someone in the Nashville music scene would want to stay closeted. It’s called self-preservation, an unfortunate reality.

su0000
su0000

Nashville would be watchable if it dumped the terrible singing, they are just not that good..
And all the songs sound the same ..

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…the songs are fabulous…they’re downloaded in great numbers…Jonathan Jackson (Avery) has his own band in “real life”, Gunnar is also a musician…the duets are great…Raina’s daughters…sisters in real life are also singers and have beautiful voices. Love all aspects of this show.

And, uh…the show is NASHVILLE, about Nashville, country music…

I’m thinkin’ Nashville can do without your viewership.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Love Jonathan Jackson, that’s why I watch.

Thomas
Thomas

O Love the show the music the storyline but as a gay man i rather not have to have
Another gay comming out story im so over it

Johnny
Johnny

I really like this show. If they made Will straight and made Juliette Rayna’s daughter, it would be awesome!

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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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NASHVILLE: What’s Next? The Final 8 Episodes Set To Begin!

After ‘Nashies’ hung on to their favorite primetime soap opera through its cancellation by ABC, its series star departing the series, and the news that CMT has made it official that this sixth and final season would be its last, viewers will learn how it will all end for some of their favorite characters as the final eight episodes begin to air starting tomorrow on Thursday June 7th at 8PMEST.  The series finale airs this summer on Friday, July 26.

Creator Callie Khouri speaks on the latest developments, and what’s next for the characters she created in a new video teaser launched this week from the cable network.

For General Hospital fans, they have watched multi-Daytime Emmy winner Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky) as Avery Barclay.  Avery has been the main love interest for Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere.  As the season heads towards its finale, Avery seems to have taken a liking to Alannah, while Juliette is immersed and trying to get the goods on the cult she finds herself in.  Will she make it back to Avery before he falls head over heels for someone else?

Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) suffered a medical disaster after overdoing his steroid use.  What will be the consequences of his actions?  Deacon’s father comes into the equation and old wounds will surface and we will learn more about why Deacon (Charles Esten) is the way he is.

In an interview with TV Insider, Charles Esten side-stepped the question if Rayna James (Britton) would be seen somehow in flashbacks, as a ghost, or something else?  All he would coyly say is: . “Of course, fans want to know.  I wanted to know too before the scripts came out, and now I do, and you soon will. How good was that?”

Watch the latest teaser for the final episodes of Nashville below!  Then let us know: what you think will happen to Deacon, Juliette, and Avery?  And, now that Nashville has concluded, do you hope Jonathan Jackson comes back to GH to reprise his role as Lucky Spencer? Comment below.

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NASHVILLE The Final Episodes Teaser!

Nashies! We are soon going to have to say goodbye to the Music City drama, but before we do the back-half of Nashville’s sixth and final season is on its way beginning on Thursday, June 7th, (9PMEST/8PMCST) and concluding with the series finale on July 26th only on CMT!

The just released new video teaser features: Chris Carmack, Hayden Panettiere, and Charles Esten, and more talking about what is to come, and why the show has been so enduring to its legions of fans from its ABC incarnation to its final home on the cable network.

In story what to look for: Deacon rips into his father, Gunnar catches Avery (Jonathan Jackson) and Alannah together, Scarlett ends up in a dangerous situation when her war vet friend, Sean is alone at his horse farm complete with a gun, while Juliette works to bring down Darius’ cult she got sucked into. Juliette yelps in the teaser: “You control people by fear and intimidation.” Will she succeed?

Watch the Nashville teaser after the jump! Then let us know if you think the back-half of its final season will provide a pay-off to fans who have stuck with the show for six season via the comment section below! (more…)

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