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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.

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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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WATCH: Jonathan Jackson + Enation’s New Music Video “The Days Are Evil”

Five-time Daytime Emmy winner from General Hospital, and former Nashville star, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, Ex-Avery) has released a new music video for the new single “The Days Are Evil” along with his band Enation.

The music video features shots of Jackson in a very dark incarnation, and the track will also appear on Jackson + Enation’s upcoming album due out later this fall, Ultraviolet Empire.

Jonathan says of the new album: “Our new album, Ultraviolet Empire, is a throwback record. It’s a record we played together live in the studio. Most of the songs are one take -just letting the band play.  It was amazing playing with our co-producer Colin Linden and capturing something so raw and visceral.”

This will be the band’s follow-up to their 2017 album  Anthems for the Apocalypse and their successful 2018 tour in Europe opening for Echo & The Bunnymen,

Check out the music video featuring Jonathan released this week below.

Then, let us know, should Lucky return to Port Charles for the Nurses’ Ball with his band and play a tune off the new album next spring? Will Jonathan come home to GH for a guest appearance? Will you be checking out the new music from him in the coming months? Comment below.

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RENEWALS: How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy CANCELLATIONS: Life In Pieces, Star

The last 36 hours have seen some of your favorite primetime dramas renewed and others canceled; several of which feature former or current soap stars.  ABC has renewed for its upcoming sixth season How to Get Away with Murder.  During its fifth season, the series ranked as the No. 1 program in Thursday’s 10 PM slot in key demos: Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34.

How To Get Away With Murder stars Viola Davis as Annalise Keating, a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with five of her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot.  The ensemble cast includes: Rome Flynn (Ex-Zende of The Bold and the Beautiful) who plays the key role of Gabriel Maddox.

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Also on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy received a two-year renewal for seasons 16 and 17.  For season 16, former Nashville star Chris Carmack (Ex-Will) has been upped to series regular in his role of “Link”.

 

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However, the ensemble CBS comedy Life in Pieces which features Y&R’s Hunter King (Summer) as Clementine was canceled, and will not return after its current fourth season which is currently airing its fifth episode out of thirteen.

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Upon learning of the cancellation, King took to her Instagram and shared: “Thank you for bringing me into the Life In Pieces family and for making it such a fun four years. I have so much love and respect for everyone who was involved in this show. Thank you to the amazing cast and crew, and thank you to our amazing leaders Justin Adler, @kaplanaaron , and Jeff Morton . I am forever grateful.”

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Finally, Lee Daniels series on Fox, Star, which has been a companion to his hit sudsy Empire, was also canceled after its 3rd season.  Star followed three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cutthroat music business.  It has been reported by various outlets that the showrunners will be looking for another home for the series to try to continue it on.

So, happy to learn about HWTGM and ‘Grey’s’ being renewed? What do you think of the cancellations of Life in Pieces and Star? Let us know via the comment section below.

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NASHVILLE To Become Broadway Musical

Looks like the Music City drama, Nashville, originally on ABC and then on CMT, has more than nine lives! Now the popular soap is headed to the stage and Broadway after six seasons on the small screen.

The show is set to have a musical adaptation with 10-time Tony Award winner Scott Delman (American IdiotRagtimeBook of MormonHello, Dolly!Fun HomeMean Girls) in charge.  In addition, Delman will serve as lead producer of the show and he has acquired the live theatrical rights from Lionsgate and ABC Studios.

Nashville, with its complex, relatable characters and sweeping emotional gestures, has all of the narrative elements that I look for in great theatrical source material,” Delman said in a statement. “From that rich DNA, we will be building an original story with entirely original music, written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters.  We are particularly excited to deliver Broadway’s first score of true contemporary country music — a genre that has exploded with mainstream audiences in recent years. Lionsgate has a treasure-trove of sterling IP, and I’m honored to be a part of this new phase of their live entertainment division.”

Additional information on the upcoming musical, including production dates and a creative team, is expected to be announced shortly.  Now the question becomes; will some of its beloved series stars be in the Broadway rendition of the series?

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Nashville actor Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) shared the news on Twitter.

So, excited to hear the news of a Broadway musical of Nashville? Would you like to see Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Hayden Panetierre and others hit the stage in the roles they originated? Comment below.

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