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


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.

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.

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!

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.

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.


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!

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.

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.

He, I’ll buy that! 🙂

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…?

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


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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