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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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Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

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.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

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!

Soaphound
Soaphound

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 me. But I digress. Glad the show is back for a final run.

diane
diane

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.

JK
JK

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!!!!!!!!!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

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!

nancy dillingham
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.

Satan
Satan

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
nancy dillingham

He, I’ll buy that! 🙂

Alan
Alan

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…?

Alohabare
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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NASHVILLE’s Chris Carmack Joins New Season Of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

From country western singing sensation to the new orthopedic surgeon dubbed “Ortho God” at Grey Sloan Memorial, Chris Carmack is joining the cast of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

On Nashville ,which concluded its six season run, Carmack played Will Lexington, but on Grey’s Anatomy he will recur as a new orthopedic surgeon who will cross paths with some of the series main characters. More details of the character are being kept under-wraps including his name.

‘Grey’s’ 15th season kicks-off on September 27th at 8PMEST with a two-hour episode.

Upon the reveal of the casting news, Carmack took to his Twitter account to share his response to a tweet from Shondaland, who welcomed him to the show with: “Thank you! Can’t wait to scrub in!

Then, the official ABC Grey’a Anatomy twitter account welcomed him to the show, in which Carmack responded: “Honored to be a part of this! Thank you!”

EW.com and Hollywood Reporter first broke the casting news

So, glad to hear Chris will be back on primetime in a new role? Comment below,

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NASHVILLE Series Finale Goes Out On A High Note In An Emotional Farewell

After six seasons (four on ABC and two on CMT), Nashville ended its run with a sentimental, heart-tugging wrap-up in its final episode last night.  Like any great soap opera, it’s all about those wonderfully rich characters that the audience has come to fall in love with; whether they be the good guys, the bad, or somewhere in between.  What was touching about the finale is that many characters lives ended on a happy note, or came full-circle.

Through creator Callie Khouri’s vision for six seasons, we came to love and care about Deacon, Avery, Juliette, Will and so many others, and of course, Rayna James.  And on the final installment, Connie Britton did make one final appearance as the late Rayna with her longtime music city scene partner, Charles Esten, that so many Nashies were hoping for before the final curtain came down.

So here’s what happened and where it all ended up, as we now imagine what these characters lives will be like, unless as now rumored, Khouri puts together a Nashville 2.0 spinoff.

Photo: Mark Levine/CMT

Maddie (Lennon Stella) and Twig (Dylan Arnold) are in the recording studio.  He wants to be her everything.  She feels pressured.  In a conversation with Scarlett (Claire Bowen), she reveals she is just trying to get over her bust up with Jonah and doesn’t know if she can be in a relationship right now.  Later at this advice from Scarlett: “The only thing you need to do is honor what you’re feeling at the moment,” Maddie sits down with Twig and breaks the news over coffee!  “You need someone who can put you at the center of their universe,” says Maddie.  “What if I said I would take you as you are?” Twig replies.  To which Maddie lowers the boom, “I would say you deserve so much more.” Twig is devastated.  Maddie is emancipated.

Then we come to Maddie’s sister, Daphne (Maisy Stella).  It’s the finals of Nashville’s Next Country Star.  Daphne has got her work cut out for her, because of sexy frontrunner Jenny Lee.  Brad (Jeff Nordling) has set Daphne up to lose by giving her a song that is far from her comfort song to perform.  She flips it on him when it is time for her to go live. Daphne does her rendition of the tune with her guitar, stripped-down and soulful.  The crowd goes wild.   However in the end, Jenny Lee is named the winner.  Backstage, Daphne cries in Deacon’s (Charles Esten) arms, but then … Ilse (Daphne’s coach on Nashville’s Next Country Star) is making goo-goo eyes at Deacon, and asks him if he would like to write with her when he comes home from his tour?  Scarlett, Daphne, and Maddie look on and notice the spark. Could this be Deacon’s true new love interest?

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Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Avery (Jonathan Jackson) play pool and in a nice touch which harkens back to six-years-ago on the series. Gunnar says, “You were a total tool,” recalling that Avery was a snotty, bad dude when he first came to town.  Will (Chris Carmack) and Gunnar want to get The Last Highways together, if they can just convince Avery to put the past behind him and move forward.  Apparently, all is well, and they put the band back up on its feet.

Now, we come to the #MeToo socially relevant topic of the day, part of the last episode, where we finally learn Alannah’s (Rainee Blake) plan to nail Brad as the womanizing, power abuser, egotistical bastard he is, and how he uses his company and his status in the biz to lure woman to do “favors” for him.  In her hotel room after her performance, Brad calls and says there is a par-tay going down in his room with lots of people and to join them.  She heads over to find him alone and lascivious.  When he tries to plant a wet lip-lock on her, she slaps him.  He fires back: “The man helps the woman and the woman helps the man,” and that Alannah violated their “implicit contract.”  And that means of course, she will never work again in this town.

A few days later, Brad gets the shock of his life when in walks to his office at Shiny New Records, Deacon, Alannah and Zach (Cameron Scoggins)! The trio announces their plans to purchase his company for $15 million dollars. He laughs them off, but our smart gal, Alannah recorded the whole incident in the hotel room and has his voice on tape, which she happily plays it back for him. Then, to add an exclamation point on the proceedings, getting off the elevator are countless women who have all been harassed by Brad including his on-again off-again wife, Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday), who adds, “And I want full custody of Jake (their son), too!”

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How do we wrap up the other greatest and tortured love story of Nashville, with two of our favorite actors, who got their starts on the soaps, and who made Javery a couple to root for through the good and the bad?  Of course, we are talking about Jonathan Jackson and Hayden Panettiere.  Now together in one piece, and grounded from her experiences with the cult, and with a new lease on life, Juliette has sold her house for a farm 30 minutes outside of Nashville.  Avery knows there is something he is not telling her.  Avery finds Juliette’s savior and bestie. Hallie (Rhiannon Giddens) at the recording studio and when prompted she tells him that Juliette is pregnant with his kid, again!  Next scene, Avery confronts Juliette.  She admits it’s true, and she was going to tell him but did not want to trap him, because she loves him and wants to be with him, but only if he wants her too and, “Not because you feel like you need to save me or that you’re worried about me. But because you’re worried about yourself without me.”   Duly-noted by Avery, but he exits.

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And then we get to the crescendo of the finale, as Juliette sings on her keyboard alongside her stilettos, the moving boxes, et al.  While the emotion of the song plays out, the show intercuts the action and brings us to a flash-forward in time.  This was done effectively on the series finale of One Life to Live and Guiding Light, among others soaps, that have to say their goodbyes.  In Nashville time it’s a “few months later” and we see how everyone’s life is shaping up:  Daphne has signed her first record contract!  Will is hand in hand with a boyfriend and it’s Zach.  Jessie has full custody of her son and they are eating popcorn and watching a scary movie together.  Maddie moved into her own place.  Alannah’s career is taking off opening for The Lumineers.  The Last Highways hold an album release party, with … of course, screaming fangurls!

Then it’s time to grab the hankies … we see Juliette with baby bump hanging out on her farm with Cadence on the swing set, and walking towards her is Avery with a large suitcase. He begins with, “Juliette, I need you.  And I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” He adds, “And if you would ….” she cuts him off.  “Yes,” she says. They embrace and kiss as Cadence yells, “Daddy!”  And there you have it … Javery is together at last!

Photo: Mark Levine/CMT

The show’s last season largely centered around Deacon.  And in the last installment, it is Rayna who comes to him when he must make the decision whether to embrace his father who is longing to make peace with his son, or hold on to old grudges.  As Deacon’s career has taken off again as he is now headlining his own tour, Gideon (Ronny Cox) has come to see his son perform and comes backstage to see him, which takes Deacon aback.   He goes to his dressing room where in a ghost/ flashback experience, he recalls Rayna on their wedding night. “Is this real?” he whispers,  Deacon is worried that after all the mistakes and regrets that kept them apart for so long, and caused them so much pain, that things can’t work themselves out.  But the wise Rayna says. “Sometimes somebody gets into your bloodstream. It doesn’t matter how much we’ve failed each other.  We must choose each other.  And I choose you exactly the way you are. And I’m going to love you forever… and ever and ever.”

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Deacon is in tears, but it’s time to hit the stage.  Now, feeling reassured that he should give his father a chance (thanks to Rayna from the great beyond), he realized that forgiving his father would not make him weak or less than, but would strengthen his family.  Deacon tells the audience he wants to bring someone special up on-stage with him, his dad, Gideon Claybourne.  From the audience, Gideon is shocked and honored.  Gideon straps on a guitar and Deacon begins to play and then whispers to his dad, “Do you know this song?” To which Gideon, replied, “Son, I know all your songs.” Hankies!

Photo: Mark Levine/CMT

And then came the final note after six years of songs, and so much drama.  As Deacon and Gideon begin to perform the song, “A Life That’s Good”, all the characters begin to walk out on stage and join them singing in unison, but we soon realize the show has broken the fourth wall, and now we are watching the true swan song with the cast past and present, the crew, the executive producers, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and at the center of it all, Callie Khouri who says, “I want to thank the city of Nashville.”  She adds “The beautiful people of Nashville. The incredible cast and crew — the family that we’ve made.  And may we all have a life that’s good.  And that’s a wrap.”  What a touching and honest way to say goodbye.

So, how would you grade the series finale of Nashville? What did you think of how things were left for your favorite characters? What was your favorite moment in the last episode? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. But first check out the heartfelt thanks from the cast of Nashville in the video below, followed by three of the heart-tugging scenes from the finale.

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TONIGHT: ‘Nashville’ Series Finale: How Will It End For Your Favorite Characters?

Get the hankies and that box of tissue ready! After six seasons, it’s time to say goodbye with one last look at the lives of the characters of Nashville, as it airs its final episode tonight on CMT. (9EST/8CST)

The Nashies have been an incredible fan base that helped rally the show from its cancellation on ABC to finding its last home on CMT for the final two seasons.  But tonight, the series come to its conclusion with the airing of its last installment entitled: “Beyond the Sunset”.

In story, Deacon (Charles Esten) can’t forgive Gideon (Ronny Cox) and gets an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream. Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) makes a decision about her future. Daphne (Maisy Stella) prepares for the final round of Nashville’s Next. Alannah (Rainee Blake) confronts Brad (Jeff Nordling), Avery (Jonathan Jackson), Gunnar (Sam Palladio), and Will (Chris Carmack) discuss the future.

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But how will it truly end for Deacon?  Will he find some happiness?  According to a recent chat with TVLine, EP Marshall Herskovitz revealed: “I remember talking about this with Chip (Esten) before the season started, and I remember Chip saying to me, ‘Whatever you do, just put me in the worst position possible.”

They tease: “Before the end of the hour, Deacon is caught up in reflecting on his life, which longtime viewers know hasn’t always been as good as his hit song suggests.”

Then, there is another major question: Will Avery and Juliette patch things up once and for all and make a go of their relationship?  Stay tuned!

Let us know how you things will be left for your favorite music city characters by the end of the episode via the comment section below.

 

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