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NASHVILLE's New Showrunners Assembling Writers For Season 5, But Will It Even Be Renewed?



The ratings for ABC’s music city soap opera, Nashville were down (3.7 million viewers) after Wednesday night’s airing.  Meanwhile, newly hired showrunners, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herkovitz (formerly of Thirtysomething) are set to take over the show for an upcoming 5th season, but ABC has not officially announced the series renewal.

Now comes word via on Thursday that the showrunners are already assembling a writers room designed to help the duo who are new to the country music scene.  Word is the 5th season could be smaller in episodes and actually wind down the series to its finale.   The assemblance of a writers room, wouls seem to indicate the show could move forward in some form.

The renewal of Nashville has gone down to the wire the last couple of seasons, mostly coming down to ABC and Lionsgate trying to negotiate the salaries required for the the show’s leading ladies: Connie Britton (Rayna) and Hayden Panettiere (Juliette).

So, what do you think?  Will Nashville get renewed? Should it?  Will the new showrunners help the series increase their ratings? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!


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Love this show. Absolutely worth the renewal.

I have been a huge supporter of “Nashville,” but the current writers seemingly have no idea how to craft an emotional arc to a storyline. We watch the same sort of scenes over and over for months, then there’s an abrupt payoff to the story — if there’s a payoff at all. Lately, the show seems more interested in minor characters (Cash, Luke’s tourmate, Deacon’s partner in the bar, Vita) than the characters we actually care about. I would like the show to come back — but I would also VERY MUCH like new producers and writers to make this show as good as it should be, considering the acting talent it has available.

I love the show also but totally agree about too many secondary characters, and that includes way too much of Maddie. It was smart bumping Layla into a more major role, but these newbies are for the birds.

Nashville has lost its’ oomph..
It will not be renewed..
This past season was really bad ..

Never really had any oomph–didn’t have a center nor characters developed so that the viewer cared for them–much too fragmented and filled with “sprawl.”

I thought it had “oomph” from the beginning and instantly fell in love with the characters. That hasn’t changed for me but the stories were more engrossing than now. Still a fan and hoping it can up the stories and ratings.

My friends and I love Nashville and look forward to it each week. Please don’t cancel this entertaining show!

RENEW! Admittedly, this season has been less than great. BUT… The potential for a strong fifth season is there. ABC should press the button abd GO. Am sure there is nothing in the web’s pipeline with the talent and texture of NASHVILLE.

I really like the show and hope it gets renewed. However, I would not be surprised if next season is their last.

I’m a regular viewer, The great talent of the actors/musicians is what keeps me tuning in. Honestly, I think there is some great Country music coming out of this show, often better than what’s available on commercial Country radio. But the stories were at their best in season 1, and have not really been as good since. Still, I hope it gets a season 5 and an opportunity to wrap up all the stories.

How do I become a part of the writing team? Lol!

Yes, definitely hope it will be renewed since it is one of the few shows I really enjoy. Thirtysomething was a good show so the new writers should really do a good job.

Nashville needs to be cancelled, the ratings are way down, I was a fan of the show. But now the show is boring and needs to be cancelled. Time to bring back Jonathan Jackson to General Hospital.

Greg, you can have Jonathan Jackson and his endless flow of tears back on GH (I’m sure Elizabeth will be thrilled), but leave us the show.

Nashville in comparison to Scandal- (10 high
Nashville 2
Scandal 10

I’ve never seen Scandal–nor do I have any desire to do so; the “previews” are enough to dampen my interest. Very much like “How to Commit Murder”–or whatever the title–tried that first epi and it was so “out there” and mean-spirited that I quit in the middle of the premiere.

Nashville abd Scandal are completely different creations in every way. The only thing they have in common is excellence!

NASHVILLE has never lived up to its potential — ABC should just cancel it and let Zwick/Herskovitz create a show from scratch. THIRTYSOMETHING and ONCE AND AGAIN were two of the best shows ABC ever had.

Love Nashville but this year has been a little odd – too many minor characters having major storyline. Hayden being gone didn’t help. Also, there seemed to be less music being performed; country music rules and the show needs more of it! The facts are that the major support for Nashville is no longer with ABC, so on the surface it seems pretty grim for renewal. I truly believe it’s a “Nashville or Castle” call. If Castle goes, Nashville will get another season – if only limited episodes. And someone, somewhere, must know something, otherwise why would the new producers bother hiring new writers? Could Nashville be renewed, but at a different network?

I’d pick Nashville over Castle. Easy call. Nashville has been disappointing, but it’s hard to make a show work when its story-line is interrupted for ten weeks to show a different show (American Crime). I think Nashville generates money in the music downloads.

Castle has been so bad that it is not watchable. And the recent news that ABC is dumping Stana Katic and the supporting actress who plays the medical examiner for “budget reasons” is so wrong. ABC: the network that saves money by firing the leading actress and a key supporting actress. I won’t support that by tuning in. And the stories about Fillion’s behavior toward Katic are really disturbing. I won’t support that either by tuning in.

So cancel Castle and renew Nashville.

They might both be cancelled.

Trudy, I agree. CASTLE was cute for a few seasons but enough already. They never really mined the real treasures on that show, Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas. They were my reason for watching so long. Handome, funny, talented… maybe they should have their own show. Or bring Seamus to Nashville.

I loved the show from the start but there’s simething missing. Charlotte seems to be as changed as her hairstyle, Raina’s eldest daughter has become too distant from her sister, there are barely any scenes from the Blue Bird (name?), they should never have killed off Jeff (Oliver Hudson). I really loved all the characters and their dynamics but a lot got lost along the way. Would love the show to somehow make a comeback…

And every song sounds the same ..

Correction! Scarlett, not Charlotte! (Brain freeze and or typos.) And I have to diagree with you Su. I love the music…partly because I love the characters and the songs are always tied to the story…if not in the lyrics than in what’s happening to the characrer or between the characters.

Just caught up to the last three episodes and I’m revising my post above. I said I still loved the show and hope it gets renewed. I still do to both. But I also said something seemed missing this season. After binging the latest three episodes I feel reconnected to the story and characters. I truly think it’s a quality show that offers a slice of life in a town of creativity I’d love to visit… if not by plane just yet than virtual reality via TV is a nice way to travel…


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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