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NASHVILLE’s Sam Palladio Interview: Gunnar’s Proposal to Scarlett, Jonathan Jackson, Season Two Preview!

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Nashville returns for its second season of all-new episodes on Wednesday night, September 25th at 10PMEST! And when we last left off in the season one finale, Gunnar (Sam Palladio) had just proposed to Scarlett (Claire Bowen) just as she was getting close with Avery (Jonathan Jackson) again, and after Gunnar admits he stole his brother’s songs!  And in the just released tune-in info for the season two premiere, ABC relates, “Gunnar and Scarlett’s relationship becomes even more complicated after the proposal, so they turn to their friends, Will (Chris Carmack) and Zoey (Chaley Rose), for support!”

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the talented Sam Palladio at the recent ABC TCA Summer Press tour to get some insight into: where Gunnar’s journey will go in season two, if there is hope for Scarlett and Gunnar, what it’s like working with his co-stars, five-time Daytime Emmy winner and former General Hospital favorite, Jonathan Jackson, and the little dynamo herself, Claire Bowen! Plus, we learn if Sam is planning on cutting his own album in the very near future and taking the country music scene in Nashville by storm for real.  Here’s our conversation below!

Gunnar’s journey by the end of season one turned quite dark! During the season one finale with his sudden proposal to Scarlett, it left viewers wondering, “What the hell is going on here?” (Laughs)  Did it feel that way to you?

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SAM:  There was a lot of stuff going on at the end, for sure. There were some really great character arc moments as an actor to delve into.  I think they had to tie-up a lot of storylines in the season finale, because there are a lot of characters that they follow each week, and something new always happens.  In that finale piece, there was actually a scene that explained the whole proposal thing a bit more that sort of disappeared into a montage.  So I think it left the audiences a little bit like, “Oh! Where did that come from?”  So this season kicks off and will explain it.  Since fans are saying, “Help us?” (Laughs)  As far as what is coming up for Gunnar, he will be dealing with some stresses and troubles as always, and breaking hearts.

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In season one, Gunnar’s brother died! Do you think Nashville creator Callie Khouri, along with EP’s, Dee Johnson and R. J. Cutler, were looking for something more to give you and Gunnar in terms of story?

SAM:  I was lucky.  Initially, I thought Gunnar would be the boyfriend in the background character, and then they did start mining and fleshing out some of that storyline. I, for one, was very happy to be doing that.  I think I was originally more of an outside character, but I think I am being brought more into the mix, more and more now. There is some great music coming up again.  I think it was Scarlett and Gunnar the duo.  Now they are becoming their own separate entities in season two.

Jonathan Jackson’s character of Avery was an arrogant asshole for much of last season, and then by the time the season finale rolled around, the roles seemed to have switched where Gunnar was not acting like such a nice guy!  What did you think of that character development? And, working with Jonathan?

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SAM:  I thought that was cool!  Jonathan is a consummate professional.  He is very sensitive and calm, and knows exactly what beats he is hitting, and he is a methodical actor.  He is great to work with.   I will work with Jonathan a bit more this season, and I will get to sing some songs with him, as Avery and Gunnar, which will be interesting.  And … we will see how they do that!  (Laughs)

You have such an amazing voice.  Will you record your own album soon?

SAM:  Last year, was all about for me taking the show Nashville in and making it a priority. This year, it’s all about music options and there are so many in Nashville, and I have so much of my own material now. I am a songwriter myself.  I have been for years.  I have not explored in the past getting my songs on the show, but this year I feel I have some songs that could work very nicely into Nashville.

Nashville’s music producer wunderkind, T-Bone Burnett is a good contact! (Laughs)

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SAM:  He is a good guy to know, and he knows what he is doing!  I have people like him to ask for producing help, which is kind of amazing.

If you were to do an album for yourself, what would it be like musically?

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SAM:  My music is sort of a hybrid of 70’s James Taylor and folk, mixed with some Mumford and Sons, I guess.  In that it is mixing that old style factor of songwriting with some up tempo rhythmic stuff.  I play drums as well, and actually I am more of a drummer than I am a guitar player.  That has always been my dilemma. So, I am trying to get Gunnar drumming and singing this year, because you can’t usually be the front man in a band singing if you are the drummer!  However, that is what I do in my real show!

How is working with Claire Bowen as Scarlett? You have a British accent in real life and she has an Australian accent! Would you drop the accents when you got to the set?

SAM:  Claire is great. I would turn up in accent when I come to work and so does she!  But Claire is so talented, and has really taken the role of Scarlett, and turned it into a favorite with Nashville fans!

So,when season two of Nashville debuts would you like Scarlett to wind up in the arms of Gunnar or Avery?  What do you think of Sam Palladio’s performance on the ABC nighttime musical drama? Is he one of your favorite from the cast of characters?  Would you like to listen to album of Sam’s original music?  Share your thoughts below!

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Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Love Jonathan Jackson . Hope he is featured more this Season. He is incredible .

Tali
Tali

Really liked Avery & Scarlett together, but didn’t get much interaction since they broke up early on. Would like to see more of those two. Really like the music – but Deacon & Rayna is where it’s at! Bring it on!!

dmr
dmr

Over Labor Day weekend, I finally finished up the 3 last episodes of Nashville from Season 1. It was a great season and I am looking forward to Season 2!

Vicsze
Vicsze

I LOVE “Nashville”. The music, the actors, the drama….. Love it! Sam & Claire’s duets are just amazing. I want to see Gumnar get back to the decent man he was in the beginning & I only want him to get back with Scarlett if he is going to treat her right. Can’t wait for season 2 to start.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I loved NASHVILLE but would agree some storytelling needs to be honed, So much happened early to establish the drama, it did nto allow audience to understand why and how, It seemed so fast and obvious. I like layers in plot and expect more of that coming in Season 2 now we know more about these great characters played by great actors.

rebecca1
rebecca1

As a GH fan I’ve always liked Jonathan Jackson…and if Sam Palladio were not in the mix I’d be rooting for Scarlet tand Avery to get back together. But I actually like Scarlett and Gunnar. Not sure where my loyalty will land; depends on how they’re each portrayed this coming season. Can’t wait!

Christy
Christy

Gunnar and Scarlett! I hate Avery he is so annoying and arrogant.

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scarlett and gunnar

I love scarlett and gunnar togther!!
I love their songs they where great!
I hope to see them get back together soon.

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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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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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