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NASHVILLE Showrunners Reveal Their Plans For Refocusing The Show For Season 5 On CMT!!

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Going from a major network to a cabler comes with perks, according to new Nashville showrunners, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz.  The duo who made thirtysomething such a popular hit are now steering the ship for the music city drama’s debut in its new home on CMT!

The fifth season of Nashville will have some noticeable difference from its four seasons on ABC.   And in a joint interview with, the creatives share their theories and more for what fans will enjoy in this 22-episode season.

Herskovitz reveals on the feel of the retooled Nashville: “It actually wants to be very intimate. These people have a reservoir of emotion and connection with each other that goes very deep, and what we find is that these first few new episodes that we’ve done are very, very emotional. It’s been there embedded in the episodes, you could see it, but it wasn’t allowed to come to fruition before and by allowing the show to have longer scenes where you can play out the emotions between people and where you have fewer stories per episode, you can go deeper in a story and really have something profound happen between two people.”


Zwick and Herskovitz added how the change from ABC to CMT benefits their storytelling.  “Honestly I’m happy about it”, says Marshall.  What I feel is that when you’re on a big network like ABC, they have their own corporate strategy and there are going to be pressures on you to have your show conform to what they need in their totality of their scheduleZwick added, “I don’t have any basis on which to say this in terms of personal knowledge, but I can only suspect that some of the emphasis on narrative thrust and melodrama and cliffhangers probably had something to do with the fact that it was on ABC. ”

In terms of balancing the story, Zwick weighed-in by noting: “We have narrowed our focus a little bit. We introduce new characters but I don’t think we’re trying to serve everyone in every episode.”  While Herskovitz related: “The only way we could do the show we wanted was to say we’re not going to serve every story or character in every episode. That buys us the time to go deeper with each character when we do serve their story. And there are people we love who we just didn’t have room for in the narrative. For example, Will Chase who plays Luke Wheeler is incredibly talented, but from a story standpoint, we didn’t know what to do with his character. We had to make decisions about who we could tell ongoing stories about and who we couldn’t. We just brought him back in the last episode we shot and we were very happy because we love him, but we had to make choices about which characters we were going to follow.”

So are you excited for Nashville’s future on CMT? Do you think the way the showrunners laid out their plan for the characters and the actions will be satisfying for Nashies? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!  And remember, all-new episodes of Nashville begin in January!

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I think I’ll like this new direction. Nashville’s best season was it’s first when it did a lot of character development. The later seasons focused more on shock stories and cliffhangers. I’m definitely tuning in.

Nope; I loved it the way it was. I find it strange that two very talented writers couldn’t expand upon Luke’s character but added on new ones. I’ll give it a shot…

Thats such a load of crap about Will. They could very easily write a new story for him, a new love interest for him. They just didnt want to !!! Why bring in ANY new characters? Write for the ones the fans know and love. They already booted Oliver.

I loved Luke…Layla had an interesting story as well. Connie Britton is leaving. Not sure we’re going to recognize the show…


I am very hopeful. NASHVILLE showed such promise out of the gate until network suits got involved. Don’t bother me Thursdays beginning in January. I will be watching CMT!

Connie signed for 10 episodes so far. Shes not thru negotiating. She hasnt announced she is leaving the show. Ur jumping the gun!

As long as Hayden, Sam and Clare return, I’m happy


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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