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NASHVILLE’s Midseason Return: Who’s Scarlett’s Baby Daddy? What Is Zack Hiding From Will? Rachel Bilson Debuts!


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CMT’s Nashville returns (9PMET/8PMct) Thursday night, June 1st withall new episodes for its back-half of its fifth season. Following the shocking and traumatic death of Rayna James and the series departure of leading lady Connie Britton, the final half of the season picks-up several weeks after Rayna’s funeral as new stories develop and other stories stem off of the death of the beloved character.

Chief among the questions waiting to be answered is just who is the father of Scarlett’s (Claire Bowen) baby?  Is it Gunnar’s (Sam Palladio) or is it her music video director, Damien?

Meanwhile now that Zack and Will (Chris Carmack) our officially a couple, something is casting a shadow on their relationship. What is Zack hiding from his country-western singing boyfriend?

New characters will be coming on to to the canvas to shake things up including: The OC and Hart of Dixie star, Rachel Bilson who will play Alyssa.  As Deacon (Charles Esten) takes over Highway 65 from the late Rayna and tries to make it a successful label again, it is Alyssa who come into the picture as a way to rescue the fledgling company.

Check out the midseason return trailer for Nashville after the jump.  Then let us know what you are most looking forward to seeing in the last half of the season? Comment below.

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Spoiler – if you have not watched then do not read further.

I was not happy with who the father is not of Scarlett’s baby.

The writers are not using Jonathan Jackson in the right way. He is not a prop for other characters. Avery won our dislike and now our hearts, do not waste the character.

Just love Daphne. She is a treasure and age appropriate. So believable.

Zach is simply not right for Will.


It was soap writing 101 to make him the father of Scarlett’s baby, though. That will make drama for sure. Hm, I don’t see Avery as a “prop.” He and Juliette are equally important to that story of their relationship. Yes, the actress playing Daphne is wonderful. They wrote Maddie a little callous about her mom’s death in that episode, I thought. Just glad that Will has any sort of story and I like how they are playing it that Will is just kind of in awe of the fact he could land a boyfriend with Zach’s money, prestige, fame,… Read more »


I agree, Calie. I was disappointed, too, in the baby daddy reveal. But, as sonniorsolita says…it’s a soap. Love Daphne, too. She’s adorable. Not only is she dealing with her mom’s death but her own dad, Teddy, is in jail. It’s natural that she feels like an outsider…although Deacon is trying so hard to make her feel loved and reassured that she’s like his own…the truth is that Maddie and him share that father/daughter bond. I’m also impressed by both sisters voices. They were always great but they sound even better! I’m hating the gospel angle. And, I still miss… Read more »


Oh, Calie, thanks for saying it. Will deserves so much better than Zach. Zach just seems superficial, at least so far. Will’s real chemistry is with Gunnar and I love the subtleties Chris Carmack reveals with little looks toward his “best friend” that show so much more. I’ve been in that position and the pain never goes away. Overall, I’m glad our show is staying put for a while. We need more Will, more live performances, less Maddie and some new eye candy for Will (and us) and some strong, talented ladies to add to the mix. Also, stop chopping… Read more »


haha…agree! I liked Gunnar’s look best the first season. So good-looking! I’ve gotten used to Charlotte’s shorn locks…she has beautiful hair and I missed it at first but now I can’t see her going back to it.


“We need more Will, more live performances, less Maddie and some new eye candy for Will (and us) and some strong, talented ladies to add to the mix. ”
Hear, hear, Soaphound!

Also, if Will and Gunnar “go there,” that would be a soapy plot twist for sure! Imagine the scrunched-up look on Scarlett’s face, lol!

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Ex-Nashville and GL’s Hayden Panettiere’s Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Punching Her

More upsetting news involving former ABC and CMT’s Nashville star (Ex-Juliette Barnes), Hayden Panettiere.  According to various reports, the actress was punched by her boyfriend Brian Hickerson with a closed fist in an incident that occurred in Wyoming, over the Valentine’s Day weekend.  He was arrested around 2:30am on February 14th.

According to TMZ: the police report said that Hayden revealed that she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her.  The Teton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence. That caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

Pantierre’s face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand; which she believed came from Hickerson’s watch during the altercation.  Deputies then decided to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.

Things looked like they had taken a turn for the better before the incident, noting that the couple moved past another altercation previously from 2019.  That case was dismissed, although he has left red marks on Pantierre’s body, because they could not find a “material witness”.

Hayden and Brian have been dating since 2018.  Daytime fans remember first seeing Hayden as a young Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.  She played Juliette on Nashville from 2012-2018.

So what do you think about the latest incident involving Hayden? Comment below.

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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.



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.”

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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