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

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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 Deadline.com 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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Hayjay
Hayjay

Love this show. Absolutely worth the renewal.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

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.

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

su0000
su0000

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

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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.”

rebecca1
rebecca1

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.

Donna Dykema
Donna Dykema

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

Iakovos
Iakovos

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.

Penny
Penny

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

Melissa
Melissa

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.

Phil
Phil

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

Duane
Duane

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.

Greg
Greg

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.

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

su0000
su0000

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

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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.

rebecca1
rebecca1

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

Alan
Alan

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.

Anthony
Anthony

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?

Trudy
Trudy

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.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

They might both be cancelled.

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

rebecca1
rebecca1

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…

su0000
su0000

And every song sounds the same ..

rebecca1
rebecca1

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…

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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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Breaking News

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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