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NASHVILLE’s Sixth And Final Season Premieres Tonight: What’s In Store For Deacon, Juliette, Avery, and The Gang?

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Tonight, Nashville kicks off its sixth and final season on CMT (9PMEST/8PMCST).  In it, the Music City soap opera hopes to deliver compelling story, great music, and in the end wrap up the series in a satisfying way.

Nashville’s executive producer, Marshall Herskovitz teased a few of the major stories to TV Guide in anticipation of tonight’s premiere.

In regards to Juliette (Hayden Pantierre), where last season she stole Maddie’s (Lennon Stella) song, and looks like she is having another major meltdown in the trailer for the new season, the EP revealed: “She stole that song and that just caused a huge rupture in her personal relationships and in her career. I think we’re seeing her now sort of reverberating from that terrible mistake that she made and really understanding that the demons that have pushed her all these years, the early trauma, the difficulties in her life are still there. That’s setting up what we want to deal with this year with her character.”

As to if Deacon (Charles Esten) will have a love life post-Rayna, and with Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday), Herskovitz stated: “We’re very excited about Deacon’s storyline. You know, obviously people have seen from the trailers that Jessie is back, but I’m not going to say what that means. You know, clearly they had a very complicated relationship, and I think the whole idea of Deacon starting over and trying to find love again after Rayna (Connie Britton) is just a huge mountain to climb for him. We played that all the second half of last season, and I think that struggle will continue. But certainly, there will be changes, let’s just put it that way.  And in terms of his career, I think I felt when I came on the show, we all felt that in some way Deacon as a performer has been in Rayna’s shadow for too long and that we love the idea of seeing Deacon moving out into the world on his own as a star or as a beloved performer on his own. And that’s something we are following as a storyline.”

Meanwhile, Charles Esten appeared on The Today Show Thursday morning and was asked about Deacon’s love life in the new season.  Esten replied: “I wish I could tell you.  I don’t know all the way to the end, but that’s been the story from the very beginning. I started out a real mess, and Rayna helped pull me back together … Of course, everybody on the show is trying to get Deacon back out there. But it’s hard. It’s not that easy.”

As to the rumors that Connie Britton might make some sort of appearance in a flashback or some other form, since Rayna was killed-off, the showrunner only would say: “The honest answer to that is there is no answer… I just don’t know. I suppose it’s possible it could happen, but I wouldn’t count on it. I just don’t think it’s really been explored. In other words, anything I say will lead people to speculate in one direction or another. And I would say that, at this moment, there’s nothing to speculate about.”

Watch the season 6 trailer which teases more stories featuring: Scarlett (Claire Bowen), Gunnar (Sam Palladio), Will, (Chris Carmack), Avery (Jonathan Jackson), Maddie, and more below.  Then weigh-in: are you looking forward to the final season of Nashville? What are your hopes for the characters this time out? Comment below.

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I stopped watching for awhile after Rayna died. I could not watch all the grieving that would follow, especially the girls. I have started again, to see the final season, in hopes that, maybe one couple will be happy. Deacon finding love again, will be a trial because of Rayna’s younger daughter, not wanting to share Deacon.

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Yes, I stopped also, but, before that, the stories were a mishmash–and Jonathan Jackson’s character Avery was never really fully defined. Sad, because I was expecting to see him emote as he did as Lucky on GH. Great actor but superficially written character of Avery. Too bad.

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Well, just watched the second show, and the last I am thinking. Juliette is now ready to join, what looks like a cult, instead of a church. She has a great , loving husband, a beautiful little girl, a career, and its still not enough. Scarlett and Gunnar, are still unhappy, and in love. Deacon is trying, guiltily to move on. Boring and depressing. Avery, I wouldn’t ordinarily advise you to listen to Satan, ( not the poster) but yes, we all want you back in Port Chuck!

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I agree about Rayna’s absence being a problem, but seeing these characters again felt like a warm reunion. Can’t bear Gunnar’s new bleached do, but his rapport with Will is as hot as ever. I’m sorry, but I see them as a couple. Will/Chris is so sexy (I could spend a week in HIS hair) and I’ve always liked his singing the best. The Maddie story is silly (Justin and Selena, anyone?), that boy is too young looking for her, and clearly a player. And Juliette? Well, drama follows her everywhere. Not sure about this story…reeks of a cult to… Read more »

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Totally agree with everything you said, except for the Will and Gunner part. They do have chemistry but Gunner’s heart will always belong to Scarlett no matter have many times she breaks it.

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I REALLY HAVE ENJOYED THIS SHOW AND WAITED FOR THE RETURN LAST EVE…BUT WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED. AFTER 50 MINUTES I REAIZED THE ONLY REASON I WAS WATCHING THIS WAS TO SEE DEACON…., IF THE SHOW CONTIUES LIKE LAST NIGHT….DONT KNOW IF ILL MAKE IT TO THE END OF THE SEASON… I, FOR ONE, DO NOT MISS RAYNA…….WE NEED MORE CHARLES ESTEN!!!!!!!!!!

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Oh, JK, why can’t that man get an Emmy nomination? What emotion or story HASN’T he hit out of the park? Instead of the same old people winning (or the competent but overrated Sterling K. Brown), how about giving Charles Esten some long overdue recognition!

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nancy dillingham

The character of Deacon was great in first season—got watered down later, BUT Esten is an actor with warmth and I wanted to see more. Audience can identify and relate to him.

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In the last episode, Avery will tell Juliette that he’s done with her and with country music, and he’s moving back to his home town, Port Charles NY to rescue his children & the true love of his life from a deranged serial killer.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

He, I’ll buy that! 🙂

Alan
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Looks like Juliet is about to join the Movement for Coherent Philosophy and lose a whole lot of money to its leader Darius Enwright in the process.

And what did Gunnar do to his hair…?

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Alohabare

Must agree and vote that Gunner loses the bleach job..really..does a punk hairdo fit in a “country” show?

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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.

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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.”

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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