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

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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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Donna Dykema
Donna Dykema

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!

JANET
JANET

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 ?

Alan
Alan

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

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Or a new show titled “Mattresses.”

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Or “The Mistresses’ Mattresses.”

Vicky
Vicky

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

Mogens Bach
Mogens Bach

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!

JUDY K
JUDY K

GREAT SHOW… WISH MORE PEOPLE WOULD TUNE IN…LOOKING FORWARD TO ITS RETURN IN MARCH.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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.

Alan
Alan

Excellent analysis.

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

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes! Agreed!

carol
carol

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.

Elaine Oxford
Elaine Oxford

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.

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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.”

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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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NASHVILLE To Become Broadway Musical

Looks like the Music City drama, Nashville, originally on ABC and then on CMT, has more than nine lives! Now the popular soap is headed to the stage and Broadway after six seasons on the small screen.

The show is set to have a musical adaptation with 10-time Tony Award winner Scott Delman (American IdiotRagtimeBook of MormonHello, Dolly!Fun HomeMean Girls) in charge.  In addition, Delman will serve as lead producer of the show and he has acquired the live theatrical rights from Lionsgate and ABC Studios.

Nashville, with its complex, relatable characters and sweeping emotional gestures, has all of the narrative elements that I look for in great theatrical source material,” Delman said in a statement. “From that rich DNA, we will be building an original story with entirely original music, written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters.  We are particularly excited to deliver Broadway’s first score of true contemporary country music — a genre that has exploded with mainstream audiences in recent years. Lionsgate has a treasure-trove of sterling IP, and I’m honored to be a part of this new phase of their live entertainment division.”

Additional information on the upcoming musical, including production dates and a creative team, is expected to be announced shortly.  Now the question becomes; will some of its beloved series stars be in the Broadway rendition of the series?

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Nashville actor Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) shared the news on Twitter.

So, excited to hear the news of a Broadway musical of Nashville? Would you like to see Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Hayden Panetierre and others hit the stage in the roles they originated? Comment below.

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