Connect with us



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


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”]

Leave a comment | 9 Comments

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

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.

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

”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 ..

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.


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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

General Hospital

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.

Photo: GigsandTours

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.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Jonathan Jackson (@jonathanjacksonhq)

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Breaking News

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”.

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.

Continue Reading

Video Du Jour

Peter Reckell returns for a second visit with Michael Fairman following the wrap-up of his recent run as Bo Brady on Days of our Lives.Leave A Comment

Recent Comments

Power Performance

Kim Coles as Whitley

Days of our Lives

Airdate: 7-24- 2023