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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?


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.

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?


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)

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?


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

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!!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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

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


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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