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The Future Of NASHVILLE & Hayden Panettiere Returns And Filming New Episodes!



On Saturday at the ABC TCA Winter Press Tour, Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group President, revealed to reporters the status of the Music City soap Nashville.  The series, which is now it its fourth season seems to always be  sitting on the bubble of possible cancellation by the network.

Paul Lee noted:  “We don’t have any plans to finish Nashville. We have an incredibly passionate audience. There are no plans for Nashville other than to keep it going.”

Meanwhile, TV Line is reporting that series star, Hayden Panettiere (Ex-Guiding Light, One Life to Live) has returned to filming new episodes of the series as of Friday!

Hayden had to take a leave from the show back in  early October just as Episode 9 was about to start production.  In a real life parallel, Panettiere was battling postpartum depression just as her on-screen alter ego, Juliette Barnes was in story.   Panettiere is back at work on season 4’s 14th episode which will air sometime in April.  The series returns from its midseason break on March 16th.

So, glad to hear the vote of confidence from Paul Lee that it appears Nashville will indeed go a fifth season?  Happy to hear Hayden is back on set filming new episodes?  Share your thoughts below!

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So glad Nashville is coming back. It’s one of my favorite shows! Everyone is SO talented on that show. Glad Hayden is back too!

Wishing the best for both Hayden and Nashville. I watch, enjoy it and look forward to it. Stay safe Hayden and we want to see you return. I said something nice. How do you like that ?

ABC needs to cancel NASHVILLE and give the time slot to MISTRESSES.

Or a new show titled “Mattresses.”

Or “The Mistresses’ Mattresses.”

Returns halfway through MARCH? No wonder it’s always on the bubble. It just gets good and they’re gone! Guess I’ll wait!

ABC needs Nashville and so do we!! You can’t put a finger on a single one of the actors. Great music, great acting, great people. Everything about the show is just great!!!

ABC & “Nashville” shows the heart of American music!


Nashville is such a disappointment–never seemed to find a center. Started well with Connie’s Britton’s character–and her love interest–but turned out to be a wash.
And Jonathan Jackson’s character started well also but turned to “milk toast.”
“Lucky” on GH was a more realized character for JJ.
The show just strarts, sputters and stops Just really hard to find any emotional center or root for any character passionately. Killing off the father of Connie’s Britton’s character was also a huge mistake–much promise there to give “Raina James” a starting point to develop her character–but again a start and stop. Nashville is way too sprawling with cardboard characters never fully developed. A shame–it had potential but never realized it.

Excellent analysis.

I always get the feeling it’s afraid to embrace the soapiness that would actually make it entertaining.

Yes! Agreed!

I love Nashville. Hope to see more singing in the future with Connie and Hayden, Gunther and Scarlet. They seemed to have cut back on the performances this past season. They all have such great voices.

I like Nashville a lot but I don’t understand why they take such long breaks it spoils the flow of everything, but I am looking forward to seeing it again in March.


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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Guiding Light

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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