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The Men Of NASHVILLE: Who's Your Fave … Jonathan Jackson, Charles Esten, or Eric Close?

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ABC’s hit new show Nashville is striking a chord with audiences and while the women take front and center stage with series stars, Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, plenty of the men are getting the attention and fans think the cast is red hot!

ABC 7 in Washington D.C. caught up with Jonathan Jackson, Charles Esten, and Eric Close, and filed this story and video!  Starting with Jonathan Jackson whose Avery Barkley delivers a healthy dose of drama each week. Cast as a rocker struggling to find a place to hang his hat on the country scene, Jackson says the show resonates with people outside of the Nashville norm.  “My character, ‘Avery Barkley’ in particular, he doesn’t really do traditional country music,” said Jackson. “And he’s doing avant-garde indie rock because that stuff is happening in Nashville.”

Jackson is part of an all-star cast that includes Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne) as the former band member and lover of country queen bee, “Rayna James”.  It’s not just his acting chops on display, but his pipes as well. Every actor sings each note of Nashville poetry. “When the words are as good as these songs it’s the easiest thing to do,” explained Esten. “When you have a song that great, and when the scenes are this great, it’s the easiest thing to do.”

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Esten joined co-star Eric Close (Teddy Conrad) at the CMA’s. And as Close’s character is in full campaign mode for Mayor of Nashville, ABC7 just had to ask if he has any political aspirations himself.  “I’m kind of enjoying all the attention so we’ll see,” said Close. “I gotta say this guy could be the mayor of Nashville. He’s the friendliest guy in the world.”

After the jump, watch the Men of Nashville, and then let us know who is you favorite guy?  Nashville airs Wednesdays nights at 10pm on ABC.

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IBelieveinLove
IBelieveinLove

Well this is easy, although I love all three without any question Jonathan Jackson is my favorite! All three are very good actors but JJ has such phenomenal acting skills and singing chops which is one of the reasons he’s my favorite! Nashville really lucked out on this cast including Connie and Hayden! My hope is they realize what a gift they have and don’t become predictable, they need to mixed it up and the characters that you think wouldn’t never do the unthinkable actually in the end do it. Keep it fun.

abby
abby

while i have always been a JJ fan from his days on GH, i’m actually really really liking Charles Esten and the character he plays…he’s a bit of a hunk lol

doodleynoodle
doodleynoodle

My favorite is Charles Esten. I’m so invested in this character and his story. I can’t wait to see what happens with him.

While I love Jonathan Jackson, I’m not loving Avery.

Teddy who? Give me more Powers Boothe…I’ve always loved his work and he’s great as Rayna’s dad even if he is mean as a rattlesnake.

Suzie
Suzie

Well, I’m a wee bit biased as a long time GH fan, Jonathan Jackson hands down. Just loving this show and thrilled for Jonathan that he brought his guitar and voice along for this acting audition. Great quality show. Kudos to T. Bone Burnett and co.

K Jones
K Jones

There were two reasons I chose to check out Nashville. The first is that it is my hometown and I wanted to see how it would be portrayed, which turns out to be quite accurately. It’s not perfect but there’s no where else I would rather be. The second, and the reason I keep coming back, is JONATHON JACKSON. Love his acting, love his music. Loved him on General Hospital as the young Lucky Spencer. Loved him as Lucky the second time around (hated the writing at the time though). Can’t wait to see more of this struggling not quite bad boy AVERY. His rendition of KISS this week was more than I hoped for. I enjoy al the men on Nashville, but I will keep watching to see what AVERY is up to next.

S
S

Sam Palladio, who you did not include in your article! He’s the hottest.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I “heart” Charles Esten. (A LOT!) 🙂

Mary
Mary

Charles Esten no contest

SZima
SZima

I’m partial to Eric Close…out of those three. He’s the one I’m more familiar with.
Jonathan Jackson is a good actor, but not to my liking in the looks department.
Charles Esten I’ve never seen before, but he is good looking and he’s a good actor also.

EJ/JS fan
EJ/JS fan

Definitely Charles Esten! Love Deacon!! Second would be Eric Close and JJ third

su0000
su0000

Love the hot sexy- Charles Esten !

calie
calie

Charles Esten, then Gunner and whoever plays him and then JJ.

Cami
Cami

My favorite Nashville man is definitely Charles Esten. I’d watch the show for him and his songs alone. Unfortunately I can rarely watch it live because I work late at DISH on Wednesdays, but I catch it on my DVR. I have the DISH Hopper, which is set to auto-record Nashville and the other big four prime time network shows using Primetime Anytime, so I can always watch the show even though I work when it airs. Having the show recorded also makes it easy for me to re-watch my favorite parts, or re-listen to Esten’s songs. Sideshow was a particular favorite of mine.

Maggie
Maggie

DEFINITELY JONATHAN JACKSON….he was so good on GH, it’s good to see him utilizing his immense acting talent to combine his music with acting…I really wish he would come back to GH, but I am happy the show is successful…maybe he can stop in again some time…I would go so far as to say, he was the BEST actor on GH.

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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”.

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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.”

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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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