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What To Look For In NASHVILLE Season 5: Shorter Scripts, Depths Of Relationships, More Music & Maddie Gets A Love Interest!

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So what will the rejiggered, relaunched Nashville feel and look like when it bows on its new home CMT come January?

Showrunner Marhsall Herskovitz previewed that they have tightened elements of the show.  He related: “First thing we mandated was shorter scripts, so there’s time for the music to play out.” But with that, he also intimated that the drama within the scripts will be more relationship-driven instead of catalysmtic-event driven. Herksovitz added: that they will be focusuing on the “depth and the complexity of the relationships instead of just feeling you needed to have incident piling on incident.”

In addition, the show will feature other styles of music that comes out of Nashville, with the addition of Joseph David-Jones (Clay) as an “modern/eclectic” artist.

But look for Jones to be involved in complex and tumultous on-screen romantic relaitonships with Maddie (Lennon Stella)!  According to TV Guide, Clay’s mood swings may be the result of something deeper than just your typical emotional ups-and-downs. Though he and Maddie come from wildly different socioeconomic backgrounds, they find common ground in music. And while the idea of dating a “bad boy” may appeal to Maddie initially… she’s going to be in for a lot more than she bargained for.”

So, what do you think of the upcoming changes for Nashville season 5?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.[aps-counter] [aps-get-count social_media=”comments”]

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Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Loved it the way it was…doesn’t sound like it’s going to be the same show. Hope it’s not butchered like Prospect Park did to OLTL which was uurecognizable.

Alan
Alan

If anybody can make this show watchable it’s Herksovitz and Zwick…

su0000
su0000

”more music” = less script ..
”more relationship-driven ” = less adventure/thrilling drama

I don’t Nashville… just isn’t for young peoples much like dancing with the stars LOL ..

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi su…I was happy to see we’re “both with her”… But, sigh…

Country music in general (putting “Nashville” the show aside)…has a large fan base…many, many of that base is young. Check out country music stars and bands…there’s a lot of talent in their 20s, 30s and 40s. With that said, if someone likes country music they’re going to admire the musician and the musicality of the performance. I can love Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra…as well as Adam Levine and Bruno Mars. I can like some old time/classic country music ( which I never did before) like Johhny Cash or Willie Nelson (though admittedly not much my type of music) as well as Keith Urban, Rascall Flatts, Band Perry, etc. It has nothing to do with this (tired subject) …age.

Once again you bring up adventure…thrilling drama, excitement. I don’t understand…you KNOW that there are many types of shows, different genres…drama, adventure, comedy, law, mystery, supernatural, music. I don’t watch How To Get Away With Murder and expect to be laughing my butt off like I did with “BrainDead.” (Did you watch that? Hilarious 12 episode parody of politics…disgusting with heads exploding, literally…but beyond funny, intelligent…just loved it!) but my point is “Nashville’s” not an adventure show, not a show packed with “”excitement.” It is, or was, what it was supposed to be…a show set in Nashville about the country music business and the rise and fall of the fictional characters complete with friendships, romance, backstabbing and great music … And, no..I wouldn’t make a special effort to hear any of the songs off the show or rush out and buy the cd’s even though I do like them…but in the context of the show the music is great and the actors are extremely talented. Even Jonathan Jackson plays some of his original stuff.

My concern is Herksovitz and Zwick…who ARE great writers…are trying to expand the viewership since it’s now on CMT, by playing more music and giving less story. That’s not the show I loved and was so looking forward to seeing again.

Later…

Rodd
Rodd

Too soon to tell, just based off that brief description. I’ll have to watch and judge it by how well any of this plays out. I was never a real fan of the music, so if it’s playing out more, I’ll FF through more. But I love the characters on the show and look forward to seeing their stories continue on TMC.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Maddie gets a new love interest? That’s supposed to be a drawing point? Maddie has far too much screen time as it is. NASHVILLE is presumably aimed toward adults; we don’t need anymore tween storylines, thank you. She’s a spoiled, whiny brat with none of her mother’s common sense and lacks even basic loyalty toward Daphne. Making her a focal point will be a mistake.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Kids are…kids! They go through stages of rebelling against parents, etc, whether in real life, our soaps or on this show. Maddie’s not violent, she doesn’t hurt anyone…but she found out the father she adores wasn’t really her father, she began to love her bio father Deacon, then he almost died, her father who’s not her bio dad but she still loves went to jail, her mother got divorced, got engaged…broke up. Etc, etc. Maddie’s entitled to be confused, searching, angry, etc. Still a good kid…not a “brat.”

As for adult drama, they’re going for ratings and trying to extend the viewership. That means more country music to bring in the country fans on CMT, as well as younger viewers. I understand WHY they’re doing it, but as I said above I loved “Nashville” as it was. I’m wary of their changes…

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Anything that gives us more music is fine by me. I swear there were episodes last season in which we didn’t even get a song — just a snippet or two.

janet
janet

I have been a fan of the show the way it was. Too much Maddie will make me DVR it so I can FF past the brat.I don’t mind some of her, but I want some of all the characters.Have loved the music for yeeaars, and as someone else said. I like almost all music. Well I guess we will see.

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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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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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