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



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.”

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

I “heart” Charles Esten. (A LOT!) 🙂

Charles Esten no contest

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.

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

Love the hot sexy- Charles Esten !

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

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.

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.


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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